Ancient history news

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.

Further on Tutankhamun DNA February 19th and February 18th ... an overview of what has been found and what is the official position with some sceptical comments from the University of Zurich, University of Pisa and University of York. The DNA suggests Tutankhamun was the son of a mummy found in KV55 and it is assumed this was Akhenaten, and likewise his mother was another mummy (also unidentified in a positive manner). The official mode of death is also open to some doubt.

Medieval High Life

Irish Times at February 16th ... archaeologists in Kilkenny have discovered evidence of medieval abbots living the high life - the remains of roast swan and joints of beef washed down with French wine were found in the house of the Abbot, adjoining the abbey. The monks themselves lived more frugally, a simple more ascetic way of life.

Canal February 13th. This Indian newspaper says that explorer Colonel Blashford-Snell has discovered evidence of a canal in Nicaragua, a route between the Atlantic and the Pacific that existed 100s of years prior to Panama. He is now planning another expedition to see if it is possible to navigate the route. Old maps actually show a passage between the oceans but this was rejected as fanciful by historians and almost everyone else.

Avenue of Sphinxes is the web site of Al-Ahram Weekly, February 15th ... the avenue of sphinxes once connected the temples of Luxor and Karnak, where processions took place between the two during the Opet Festival. There were 1350 human headed sphinxes with the bodies of lions flanking the avenue - and some of them have now been restored. It was built during the reign of Nectanebo I of dynasty 30 and replaced, it is said, one built during dynasty 18 as recorded by Hatshepsut on the walls of the red chapel in Karnak.

Chronological Matters

Biblical Peoples and Ethnicity: An Archaeological Study of Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines and Early History, Atlanta, Society of Biblical Literature: 2009 ... an in-depth study of the different groups associated with Palestine at the end of the Late Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age. The chronology is conventional but this is an important study of a period of history often misrepresented by historians. It concerns the actual origins of Israel.