Ancient history news

Iron Age overlap with Bronze Age

Bene Israel: Studies in the Archaeology of Israel and the Levant during the Bronze and Iron ages, Leiden: 2008. This book is dedicated to Israel Finkelstein, archaeologist and teacher, and is a collection of 12 contributions from his former students. It concerns Bronze and Iron age chronology, stylistic pottery peculiarities, land use, resettlement distribution, the formation of states, and economies etc. From a brief look it is clear that some of his students do not agree with Finkelstein's chronology.

God Kings

Anyone interested in an alternative interpretation of Egyptian history, Egyptian texts, Egyptian titles, Egyptian pharaohs - then a visit to might satisfy their curiosity.

Troy is in the wrong place?

At there is a new blog devoted to the idea ancient Troy was located not at it's usual location, Hisarlik - but at Bergama, an idea first aired by John Lascelles (a book reviewed by SIS several years ago). There are several pages on the blog for starters - and as blogs develop they grow into many pages (so expect more news on the subject over the coming months). At the moment there is a series of pages that outline the general theory.

Lawrence Dixon and retrocalculation of the Vernal Equinox

Lawrence Dixon has produced a two page article on retrocalculation of the vernal equinox. SIS Workshop has published a series of articles on a revision of dating of the AD period - evidence against and evidence that is open to query. These have tended to centre around the Venerable Bede but the Church and it's calculations of the vernal equinox in relation to Easter dates (keeping them separate from the Jewish Passover) are an intriguing facet of this research. Is the conventional position as secure as they like to think it is?


The New Chronology Forum on Yahoo Groups has had in March a discussion on the reign length of Horemhab. A couple of years ago, in JARCE 44 (2008) wine dockets were said to limit his reign to just 14 years. At the end of the article it says the main obstacle to such a short reign was the Babylonian and Assyrian King List. Bob Porter pointed out the JACF 7 article (1994) also argued for a short reign.

The Biblical Plagues

At March 30th ... 'Biblical Plagues really happened say scientists' - apparently, the Biblical plagues were the result of global warming which triggered a series of environmental disasters and natural disasters such as volcanoes. The evidence will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel on Easter Sunday - but were oil and coal the bogeyman?

Origin of the Alphabet

Biblical Archaeological Review ( ) March/April issue, 2010 ... has an article on the invention of the alphabet by Orly Goldwasser. He begins by outlining the close association of Asiatics from Syria-Palestine with Egypt - from the Old Kingdom through to the Hyksos era. Most of the time it was peaceful and during the Middle Kingdom large numbers of Asiatics were domiciled in Egypt, and many became Egyptianised.

The Admiral Zheng AR20100226018 February 26th (Associated Press) ... according to sources in Beijing, China and Kenya are to corroborate in looking for Chinese ship wrecks from the Ming dynasty fleet of the Admiral Zheng. He is known to have reached Malindi in 1418 and Zheng made seven voyages between 1405 and 1433 in order to promote trade. They consisted of huge armadas of junks carrying highly prized Ming pottery as an example, and thousands of sailors - quite a few of which never returned home to China.

Velikovsky Revisited, Eric Aitchison

This is a newsflash to let members know that Eric Aitchison, who has published a number of articles in SIS journals, has an E Book which is available via Mikamar (see  ) and can be downloaded on your computer. The title is Velikovsky Revisited, a long and in-depth study that is basically his way to reconcile the conventional model of ancient history with the Ages in Chaos series of Velikovsky.

Pyramids (article id=8812) ... over the last 30 years Egyptian archaeologists hav e been able to use modern technology to clear up outstanding conumdrums and refute misconceptions about their history. For example, Zahi Hawass excavated the remains of a large village where a permanent workforce of pyramid artisans lived. They also ecavated a section where a temporary workforce was housed and fed and a vast cemetery in which they were buried.