Although the site is only 28 miles (45 km) from territory controlled by the IS, the archaeologists said that it was possible to conduct their work without any disturbances.
They are optimistic for the future and hope to return to the area and continue their excavations during the summer of 2017.
The 7-centimeter (2 3/4 inch) needle was made and used by our long extinct Denisovan ancestors.
Scientists found the sewing implement - complete with a hole for thread - during the annual summer archaeological dig at an Altai Mountains cave widely believed to hold the secrets of man's origins. Professor Mikhail Shunkov, head of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk, said: “It is the most unique find of this season, which can even be called sensational. As of today it is the most ancient needle in the word.
It is about 50,000 years old.” The needle is seen as proof that the long-gone Denisovans - named after the cave - were more sophisticated than previously believed.
A study of the genomes of Australasians revealed sections of DNA that do not match any known hominin species.
The settlement was founded almost 5000 years ago and flourished for more than 1,200 years.
The team also discovered pieces of Assyrian cuneiform tablets going back to 1300 BC which indicate the existence of a temple dedicated to the Mesopotamian weather god Adad at the site.
During the excavation, the archaeologists uncovered a small rectangular stone-built platform at the building’s east end which may be the alter where St. A small well was also found which could be a holy well associated with the saint.
As the excavation’s director Anna Petersén concluded, “This is a unique site in Norwegian history in terms of religion, culture and politics.
Much of the Norwegian national identity has been established on the cult of sainthood surrounding St. ” May 2016 brought an unusual archaeological discovery to light.
Researchers say circular arrangements of 176,000-year-old stalagmites in a cave in France show Neanderthals were carrying out some kind of cultural or geometric representations tens of thousands of years before modern Homo sapiens entered Europe. The stalagmites and burnt bones were found in Bruniquel Cave in France’s Averyron region.
The dramatic findings mean that a mystery species bred with ancient humans in the distant past and that our family tree is much more complex than previously believed.