Excavations undertaken during the construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) led to several archaeological discoveries, including evidence of Roman army activity, and Palaeolithic artefacts dating to 13000 BC.
A 5-centimetre high Palaeolithic Venus figurine was discovered at the Khotylyovo-2 site in Bryansk Oblast, Russian Federation. Radiocarbon analysis suggests tribes of hunters and gatherers lived there between 21000-24000 years ago.
Study of marine pebble tools from an Upper Palaeolithic burial site Caverna delle Arene Candide in Liguaria, Italy, suggests that objects might have been ritually destroyed to remove their symbolic power some 5000 years earlier than previously thought.
Archaeological survey of the Khyber tribal area in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas region of Pakistan brought a discovery of new 110 heritage sites. Among them are 30000 year old Palaeolithic rock paintings found in in Tehsil Jamrud.
Archaeologist analysing Middle Stone Age tools from Ethiopia used for processing ochre revealed that societies of Homo sapiens living 40000 years ago were characterised by cultural and behavioural complexity.
DNA analysis of of 50000-year-old European bison (wisent) remains from a cave in France revealed that it originated from a previously unknown hybrid species of wisent which was depicted through Upper Palaeolithic rock art 15000 years ago.
Archaeologists discovered and documented at least 50 Upper Palaeolithic cave paintings, dating even 14000 years ago. The find is located within Armintxe cave under a building in the centre of Lekeitio in the Basque country, Spain.
The Upward Sun River site in central Alaska revealed remains of hearths that served as cooking pits for people living in the area between 13200-11500 BC. Abundance of salmon remains, discovered within these features sheds new light on the diet of the Palaeolithic people, as this is the oldest evidence of cooking salmon in the New World.