Posts Tagged ‘Spain’
This discovery might turn into a cool piece of historical/archaeological detective work. A pigment of Egyptian origin that’s process of manufacture seems to have been lost after the fall of the Roman Empire is identified in an altar created in a 12th church in Spain. A good theory of how the pigment wound up at this place and time is offered in the article, but it still seems pretty nifty that a chunk of pigment is carefully hoarded through centuries to wind up being used in this particular altar. There might be no telling how far it really traveled through the centuries. Direct from Egypt to Spain for a villa never built? Egypt to Rome to Spain? Or something a lot more circuitous?
The jawbone has been assigned as belonging to Homo antecessor for the time being, a hominid that would be a common ancestor to Homo sapien and Neandertals. Stone tools have been found before, dating from that period, but this appears to be the first bone from that time, in Europe.
It’s not unexpected, but this is going to be cool.