Ancient history news

Further on Tutankhamun DNA

http://pling.livejournal.com February 19th and http://news.discovery.com 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 www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0216/1224264553851_pf.html 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

http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-50538.html 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

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg 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.

Flood mystery solved

Researchers believe they have found evidence of the formation of the Mediterranean Sea, five million years ago. Their findings suggest a 200km channel from the Atlantic Ocean, and carved out through the Gibraltar Stait, could have filled the low-lying land in just two years, raising the water level by 10 metres per day.

Source: "Ancient Mediterranean flood mystery solved", BBC News, 9 December 2009