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A new methodology with chemical and physical analyses differentiates Ibero-Roman from Punic ceramic fragments

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A multidisciplinary team from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Archaeological Museum of Sagunto has used a new methodology to learn the origin of a ceramic set of amphorae from Sagunto and differentiate their Ibero-Roman or Punic origin. This new tool adds chemical and physical analyses to classical reconnaissance techniques and will make it easier to classify new archaeological findings. Read More

Researchers describe the obtaining of iron oxide and its transformation into ochre and colorants between the final Paleolithic and Neolithic eras

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A research team from the University of Valencia (UV) and the University of Applied Arts and Sciences of the South of Switzerland has published a study that characterises the supply and processing of iron oxides to obtain ochre and colorants between the end of the Paleolithic and the Neolithic eras. It is the first time that the ochre recovered in domestic spaces and samples of its geological environment has been investigated, to know its origin. Read More

The Catholic precept of not having sex during Lent was maintained until the end of the Franco regime

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Research from the Universitiy of Valencia (UV) and the University of Alcalà (UAH) has shown that, during the Franco regime, in Spain the number of conceptions of daughters and sons during Lent was lower than before and after this period of the Catholic calendar, following the precept of sexual abstinence. The study, published in the prestigious European Journal of Population, suggests that the change in the reproductive pattern experienced since 1975 is due to cultural factors such as the secularisation of society and the universalisation of the use of contraceptive methods, as well as family planning.

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The University of Valencia leads European project No Rumour Health to combat disinformation about health on social networks

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Carolina Moreno, Professor of Journalism at the University of Valencia, and researcher Empar Vengut, manager of the No Rumour Health project, have started working on the project with a consortium of three European countries (Spain, Greece and Poland). The proposal, with a duration of two years and endowed with almost 130,000 euros in funding, aims to design a mobile application for older people to help differentiate whether the news they collect through social networks is true or false.
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