Ancient history news

Babylonian Maths

William sent this one in. It is also in various other places such as ... and ... where we learn a clay tablet that has lain undecyphered for many years has now been solved by a team from New South Wales University in Australia.

Henry Zemel

Henry Zemel established the Caeno Institute a number of years ago in order to research certain topics such as ancient history and calendars. Go to

Solomon and Shishak

'Solomon and Shishak: Current perspectives for archaeology, epigraphy, history and chronology' the Proceedings of the Third BICANE* Colloquium held at Sidney Sussex college in Cambridge (26-27th March, 2011). BAR International Series 2732 (2015) (BAR is British Archaeological Reports of Oxford). Published originally by Archaeopress in conjunction with BAR (see The Preface is by Peter James and Peter Van Der Veen. They begin by looking at the current state of play.


World Current Archaeology 83 (June 2017) has an article on Tartessos, the city recorded by Herodotus, just beyond the Pillars of Herakles. It flourished in the first millennium BC, at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River in SE Spain. It was at its peak 2500 years ago, trading extensively with the Phoenicians. However, its origins go back to the 9th century BC - which I suppose relies on mainstream dating chronology.

Sodom's Dolmens

William forwarded details of this way back in March. In their book, 'Discovering the City of Sodom: the fascinating, true account of the discovery of the old testament's most infamous city' by Colllins and Latayne (Simon and Schuster, 2013) ISBN 9781451684308. Dolmens are mentioned on 18 occasions. Some 500 bench like stone dolmens are what remains of 15000 of them and can be found in the vicinity of Tall al-Hammam (the deliberate placement of a large horizontal stone on top of three or more vertical stones).

Emmet Sweeney

Emmet Sweeney has a new web site dedicated to his chronology revision which expands on his Ages in Alignment theory - go to

Another interesting web site set up by one of our members is at ... which also has a page on chronological revisions inspired by Velikovsky.

Another web site for revision buffs is .. another SIS member. See also

Roman Santa

At this time of year we always get articles out there on the Christmas star or on the pagan roots of the festivities and this year there has witnessed a regurgitation of quite a bit of this kind of stocking filler in the dead tree press and online. At one of the more interesting web sites, although there are too many adverts which seem to clog it up, ...

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 .... 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.


At ... 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.