Walking with the Ancestors Part 4-A

The Thought Forge

In the last chapter of this series I discussed some of the finds around in the Altai Mountains in modern day Siberia, dated between 50,000 and 30,000 years ago. The oldest of these two finds was a neanderthal woman, who lived some 50 kya. The other find was a little girl, a Denisovan, who had lived sometime around 30 kya. Between the two of them, we see a continuity among my ancestors, who were in the area for at least twenty thousand years. As I pointed out in the comments of Chapter 3C, there was also the remains of a dog found in a nearby cave.

For this chapter I want to continue our journey, but before I do I think it is important to recap a little bit about how the world looked around 50 kya. First off, as was evident from the last chapter in this series, our

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Fieldwork: Numero Dos

Hall or Nothing

It’s round 2.

I am finally all set up for my second bout of fieldwork as part of my degree! This time round we’re hitting up Monte Bernorio near Santander in Spain.


The site is home to an Iron Age oppidum and was an epicentre to the Cabtabri people until their defeat by the Roman Army under Emperor Augustus’ rule. As a likely result of this defeat, down the hill (literally) from the Monte Bernorio fort is a Roman military camp. With so many different past cultures present at the site, it is bound to be a both educational and exciting dig!

Like many excavations abroad, it’s an expensive trip (don’t worry, cheaper and free digs can be found closer to home here in the UK) but it will definitely be worth it. As well as excavating these rich past cultures, we’ll also be immersed in the modern local Spanish…

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