Ancient history news

The Axis Age

Michael Wood, in BBC History magazine (Christmas issue 2014) writes from China - and specifically, from the birth place of Confucius. In East Asia the erstwhile Confucius defines the collective values of hard work, duty, and benevolence. A very important cultural figure.

Eratosthenes and the Trojan War

At NewChronology [at] yahoo [dot] group [dot] com ... the dating of the Olympiad is being discussed as presented by Shaw in her book, 'Discrepancies in Olympiad Dating and Chronological Problems of Archaic Peloponessian History' (2003) which was reviewed by G Huxley, somewhat unfavourably, at 'The Classical Review' 56 (2006) and 'Hermathena' 184 (2008).

What lies under the Stonehenge landscape

I came across this post during a Smithsonian alert - go to ... and it seems the author of the piece was on a guided tour by archaeologist Vince Gaffney. He has been in charge of the 'Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project' which has gone off the radar the last year or so. It has been in progress for quite some time now and attracted, it would seem, unwanted publicity. However, out of sight of the media, it has been amassing lots of information.

Cyprus and Peoples of the Sea

At ... there is a post taken from a 2012 article (a link to the pdf version is provided) which revolves around salt lakes near Larnaca. They have discovered evidence of drought and dry weather that lasted several generations, by analysing sediments from the lakes. The lakes were once a sea harbour - and have silted up. Hence, it seems environmental change was the trigger for the Bronze Age collapse (or that is what the authors of the research seem to think).

a chronological impasse

It seems the late Alfred de Grazia anticipated the chronological impasse that has gripped some of our revisionist brethren of late. In SIS Review V:3 page 100, in a letter to the editor in response to an article by Geoffrey Gammon, he suggested the end of Late Bronze age destruction levels should coincide with Velikovsky's Martian Period (between 780 and 680BC).

Was Moses a dowser?

Velikovsky, in Stargazers and Gravediggers, page 249, mentions dowsing and the suggestion by some psychologists that it may be due to extra sensory perception. He then said that Moses struck a rock with a rod and caused water to flow - and therefore dowsing was a very ancient practise. Mainstream cannot explain how dowsing works - but it does (or rather, some people have the gift and other  don't, and there are lots of amateurs that dabble, but not too successfully).

Jesus and his wife

It didn't take long and now we have some backtracking - go to ... last week there was a post which included a piece on a papyrus fragment written in Coptic and containing a text which seemed to suggest Jesus had a wife - which stirred a few pots. Funny, most of those pots were secular - but there you are, a bit of sensationalism works wonders (even in those parts that are not tread with tender intent). This update claims it is not an authentic relic which contradicts the Harvard University people (and their press release).

Gunnar Heinsohn

The Gunnar Heinsohn latest extreme revision of history has been flourishing on an email thread set up by Clark Whelton. Its been on the go for a couple of months and Heinsohn and co are currently getting an ear bashing - by Dick Gagel. He is giving them back a taster of his own theories about the Netherlands and Germania in the Dark Ages. Gunnar Heinshohn's theory has also surfaced at ... and is presented as another example of mainstream bending the truth to fit the accepted version of events.

The Wasp Star

The 'wasp star' - does that not smack of something buzzing, or making a droning noise. In The Times of March 29th (page 82), Norman Hammond provides some information on The Codex Laud, named after an archbishop of Canterbury who donated it to the Bodleian Library in 1636, to the effect it is one of just a few surviving pre-Columbian manuscripts anywhere in the world. It is just 15cm square but unfolds to 4m (14 feet) in length. It is made from an animal skin, possibly that of a deer, covered in a thin film of lime wash.