A gallery in France’s Cave of a Hundred Mammoths seems to have been set aside as a place for palaeolithic children to practice finger fluting, or creating decorations in soft clay with their fingers. “It shows collaboration between children and adults, and adults encouraging children to make these marks. This was a communal activity,” said Jessica Cooney of Cambridge University.
The severe drought in Texas has caused a drop in the level of the water in Lake Whitney, exposing five archaeological sites dating back 8,000 years. More than 30 people have been caught digging illegally.
A silver coin and a fragment of high-status tile have been found at the site of a former palace of Henry VIII. The tile dates to the fourteenth century, indicating that an important manor house stood on the site before Elsyng Palace was built. The coin bears an image of the king’s face.