Ancient history news

Maps of Sea Kings

Jovan Kesic came up with a brilliant study of Hapgood's 'Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings' - I have probably read the conclusions elsewhere but the subject matter goes back to the 1970s and 1980s and was completely ignored by mainstream. Hapgood wasn't one of them I suppose and had come out with outlandish ideas, in their minds eye, such as Pole Shift (a really no go subject in mainstream). In 'Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings' he thought ancient mariners had mapped the outline of Antarctica and showed it ice free.

AD revision

At https://www.researchgate.net/publication/296060902 .... European oak tree chronologies archaeologically anchored in Roman times are all separated from early medieval chronologies by a severe timber depletion in late antiquity. Late antiquity here signifies the immediate post-Roman period. It embraces the 6th century low growth tree ring events in 536 and 540AD. Was something going on around this time that caused oak trees to cease reproduction? One other way to look at lack of timbers across the period is to think there is a hole in chronology.

yiddish

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/dna-analysis-sugges... ... a dna analysis, it is claimed, has shown that Yiddish, the old language of the Ashkenazi Jews, had its origins in NE Anatolia. Yiddish was developed by Iranian and Ashkenazi Jews as they travelled the Silk Road (s). Yiddish has Iranian, Turkish and Slavic words and contains 250 words for the term 'to buy' and 'to'sell' - suggesting it was the language of merchants.

Thutmose III

An amulet with the name of Thutmose III has been discovered in the spoil heap from the Temple Mount. A sifting project has been in progress for a number of years with members of the public taking part. A 12 year old girl spotted what looked like an unusual piece of pottery - and hey presto. See www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egyptian-amulet-bearing-name-of-p...

Bosnian stone balls

At www.voanews.com/content/mht-spherical-rock-stirs-controversy/3282356.html ... and was sent in by William Thompson - a unique rock found in Bosnia (see below)

Comet Halley

Tim Cullen has written some conspiracy like articles in respect of Heinsohn's amazing revision of AD chronology - and he followed this particular post with another one today. However, at http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/burned-house-syndrome/ ... he has come up with an even more radical idea, involving Comet Halley. His piece says that the burned horizons common to the Balkans and SE Europe between 6500 and 2000BC are due to periodic passages of Comet Halley - every 76 to 80 years.

gazelles on a roasting spit

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/spring-2016/article/teeth-from-natu... ... and the same story has been at PhysOrg and Science Daily. Gazelles were a prized part of the diet of Natufian hunter gatherers during the Bolling-Alleroed phase of climate (between the end of the Ice Age and the Younger Dryas period) and continued into the latter, maintaining a high part of their diet in what was thought to be an extremely dry period (the Younger Dryas).

vines in Sudan

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/when-vineyards-bloo... ... which takes us back to the 7th century AD and the Christian kingdom of Mukaria (which existed as a rival kingdom to Islamic dominated Egypt, practising the form of Christianity that flourished in the Nile Valley from the 3rd century until the 7th). Makuria existed from the 6th to the 14th centuries - and was probably under pressure from Arabs and their successors throughout that period.

Oppenheimer

Stephen Oppenheimer has written at least three very controversial books - and they all involve genetics (and his version of genetic interpretation). In this instance we are having a look at his theory regarding the peopling of Britain and Ireland, and the idea of an Ice Age refuge area in Iberia and SW France (and the possibility that Basques may represent a survival of those people).

Reformation

Not really ancient history - just a few centuries ago. At http://phys.org/print377269015.html ... we have a post on the Reformation of the English Church, a fascinating subject (for some) but of no interest to others. It seems there is a Great Bible of Thomas Cromwell, a fore runner of the King James version (which was for mass consumption). It has been in the library of Lambeth Palace, just across the river from Westminster Abbey, and has some secrets - annotations that interest scholars.