Ancient history news

The names of the Pharaohs - titles and epithets

SIS member Gary Gilligan sent this link in - www.gks.uk.com/gks18/ which might not be everyone's cup of tea but is worth taking a look at. I don't know if the translations, as given, are wholly credible - but take a peek and see what you think. It begins by analysing the name of Naram Sin, the Akkadian king. The last element is that of the god Sin that gave its name to Sinai, as an example. It is usually regarded as the Moon - but this is arguable.

The Medes

Median dynasty architectural remains have been found in Azerbaijan (see www.cais-soas.com/news/ August 11th) ... a joint US/ Azerbaijani team of archaeologists have found remains  dating to the dynasty of the Medes, the first Iranian people to rule over what is now Iran and various other regions which included a large part of northern Mesopotamia including parts of modern Azerbaijan. What is now known as Oglangala was an ancient kingdom that was desperately trying to thwart the expansion of Urartu.

'Censorinus, the Sothic Cycle, and Calendar Year One in Ancient Egypt: the epistemological problem'

This was sent in by member Eric Aitchison after he had received the link from Bergen, one of the Chronology members. Bergen posted it in response to a post by Ian Onvlee who maintained that Sothic dates are based on the risings of the star Sirius - without any doubt. He did experiment with a location of Sothis in Orion's Girdle, for an undisclosed reason, but found this could not be sustained.

The Kings of the Ancient Britons

The Kings of the Ancient Britons by Bill Cooper, can be found at www.biblebelievers.org.au/nation08.htm which is a rather peculiar document that shows a line of kings in Britain going back to the 11th century BC. Interesting for schoolboys, no doubt, and anyone mucking around with ideas - but not real history? The idea I suppose is to connect a line of kings to the Biblical chronology - and going further back, all the way to Noah.

Anatolia and Historical Concepts (another paper on Mitanni, the Hittites, and the Hurrians)

A document by Robert Hewson (which seems to have been written roughly 40 years ago but is still available online and quite close in nature to what Barry Curnock theorised concerning Mitanni, the Hurrians (and the redating of Nuzi) (see post a few days ago). For the identity of Robert Hewson see the 'Catastrophism CD' (available from the Book Page) as he was once well known in revisionist circles.

Mitanni and Nuzi

Revision of history is rarely mentioned on In the News, mainly as it is a speculative subject. In addition, it is very often a personal creation that may not be in tune with what others have in mind. However, Barry Curnock (author of a couple of articles in SIS journals recently and a speaker at an SIS meeting in Redhill a couple of years ago) has just posted a short paper on Mitanni and Nuzi on the Eric Aitchison chronology thread in which members of SIS interact with each other (and non-members too).

The Dead Sea Scrolls

Is this another important discovery - or rather, interpretation (see http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/07/100727-who-wrote-dead-sea-scrolls/ July 27th. The mystery is solved according to the headline - but is it? New clues suggest the scrolls my have been the textual treasure of a number of groups that were hidden away during a time of war between Jews and Romans.

Exhibition

www.culture24.org.uk June 11th ... Creswell Crags Museum and Education Centre are putting on an exhibition of excavations that have taken place in the limestone gorge and it's caves from Victorian times until the present day. The caves have been used successively by different groups of people for a variety of reasons from Pleistocene hunting bands to medieval monks using it as a hideaway and drinking den.

New Chronology Update May 10th

The New Chronology Yahoo group has a series of emails from Eric Aitchison on reign lengths, and dynasties 18, 19 and 20 in respect of Manetho and other ancient sources. He is arguing that Manetho is more reliable than some forum members are prepared to admit.

Land of Punt

A story in the San Franscisco Chronicle at www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/05/-7/MNBN1D3U74.DTL May 8th appears to confirm the Land of Punt was somewhere in the Eritrea/Ethiopia region, a region favoured for some time by historians. To the Pharaohs the Land of Punt was the source of treasure - or prized objects of trade. This included exotic animals such as leopards and baboons.