Ancient history news

Cruelty and Barbarians

The Smithsonian has a fascinating article about Viking ritual killing - did it happen, as some historians obviously wallow in the gore, or did it not, an increasing tendency of academia is to deny Viking atrocities - see ... basically, Ivarr is supposed to have took awful revenge on Aella, king of Northumberland, as a result of him being responsible for the killing of his father. I will spare the gory details but what was regarded as fact is very often, nowadays, subject to revision.

Subterranean Humanity

At .... some intersting images of underground settlements in different parts of the world. Derinkuyu in Turkey, for example, discovered in the 1960s when a house collapsed above into one of the passageways. It is basically an 18 storey underground town and was built, it is thought, in the 8th century BC, or thereabouts. Was it in response to the end of Bronze Age destructions?

Indus ... Part 2

At ... the lost river Saraswati is the the main theme and begins by saying climate change and geotectonic movements (earth movements) led to migration and abandonment of settlements. Some of the drainage systems have been lost as a result of being buried beneath silt (changing river courses) and this appears to be the position with the Saraswati. There is also evidence of flooding at the end of the Ice Age, it seems, which in the artticle is attributable to melting Himalayan glaciers - but could equally be due to other reasons.

David Rohl Blog

Yes, David Rohl has a blog. I didn't realise that and I expect not a lot of SIS people knew that either. In one blog post he re-publishes an early SIS Workshop article he wrote and describes how he and Peter James, the other half of the New Chronology twinsome, decided to shift their tune from the Velikovsky hymn sheet. It seems Geoffrey Gammon was also involved in this cataclysmic drift apart from Ages in Chaos and the Glasgow Conference chronology.

Polynesian migrations

Due to conflicting results from C14 methodology scientists have used coral tools as a dating medium in order to find when exactly the Lapita culture people left New Guinea and sailed out into the South Pacific. They came up with a date of 2838 years ago, with very low error bars. This was the age of Elijah and Elisha so what caused them migrate at that point in time - out into the ocean wide. What heavenly portent inspired them - as heavely portents played a surprising role in Polynesian tradition and myth.

Late Bronze Age Jaffa

At ... it seems the archaeology does not fit the monuments and the history. This is a fairly long read and concerns the ancient port of Jaffa which had an Egyptian fortress during the New Kingdom period. The problem is that it was attacked and burnt down on a number of occasions. After the expulsion of the Hyksos from the delta region the pharaohs of dynasty 18 conducted regular military campaigns against communities in Canaan.

Ramesses III

Current Archaeology 276 (March 2013) in its World News section, reports on the discovery that Ramesses III was murdered by cutting his throat, thereby solving an historical mystery. We know there was an assassination attempt and the perpetrators were placed on trial. What historians did not actually know was if the assassination was successful. It seems it was.

Minimalists and DNA

Shlomo Sand, in The Invention of the Jewish People, was somewhat more minimal than other minimalists, as the rewriting of history continues unabated. Minimalists are a bit like limbo dancers, the hurdles getting lower and lower all the time, and now they have reached such an acute angle it is beginning to look like they may even reach ground floor level. Shlomo Sand went so far as to claim there were no Jews until the 19th century - AD, not BC.

Vesuvius and its role in anchoring ice core data

Not sure what category to file this post under but Ancient History will do as not many of them come up. The subject is actually dating - and we all know that tree rings and ice cores play a major role in anchoring ancient history. We also know that Vesuvius erupted and buried a Roman town and historians know what date that happened - but do the ice cores know the date? Two links to go to - and Mike Baillie's response at .

Velikovsky and the Queen of Sheba

An excellent article on the Queen of Sheba appears in the Journal of Creation 24 (2) 2010, a somewhat surprising source in some respects as it is cutting edge history. These sort of articles do not appear in mainstream journals as Velikovsky is ignored - and those that have followed in his footsteps.