Archaeology news


At .... in Shanxi Province, it is being suggested, was the place where China began, around 2200BC. The capital of the Yao period has been found, it is thought, in the middle reaches of the Yellow River. Palaces, royal tombs, ceremonial buildings, storage areas, fortifications, as well as copperware and porcelain, have been dug out of the ground. The site is thought to be Pingyang, capital of the Yao emperors.

scoffing mammoths

At ... which comes from a paper by Polish researchers looking at Gravettian activity (in the Upper Palaeolithic). They appear to have roasted mammoth meat, burnt their bones as fuel, and used the big bones to build houses (or shelters). The mammoth was an important part of their way of life - and no doubt they followed the herds (much like Lapps used to follow herds of reindeer).

bones and ice

At ... which is somewhat bigger than a modern day Great White. The vertebrai of the 20 foot shark were found in Cretaceous limestone - dating around 100 million years ago. Another shark fossil was unearthed in Kansas a short time before this one, and panned out at 27 feet in length.

Red Lady of El Miron

At ... this is a story about El Miron cave in northern Spain (in the Cantabrian Mountains) which is currently being explored and excavated. It is located above a river valley in a picturesque setting and as late as 1903 was being used to stable goats. It has had a long history of human occupation - from the Neanderthals and early Upper Palaeolithic to the Solutrean and Magdalenian, the Azilian and Mesolithic - into the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, and into modern times.


At ... a petrified subtropical forest has been discovered on the Aegean island of Lesvos. There was also evidence of ancient volcanism which appears to have buried and preserved the remains.


A lot of archaeology has been going on in what is modern Bulgaria. Most of the finds concern the Roman era but now and again some very old prehistory is dug up. At


The same issue of British Archaeology magazine, June 2015 (see has an article on Blick Mead, fleshing out what has been discovered at the site - and explaining it all a bit more comprehensively. It is being excavated under the care of David Jaques of Buckingham University.

Bouldnor Cliff

This is basically an update on a post already done some weeks ago. It is derived from British Archaeology magazine of June 2015 which has an article about grain found in Mesolithic contexts below Bouldnor Cliff in the Solent 'seaway' as a result of a sharp downward cutting out of a channel along the bottom of this busy sea lane (leading to Southampton Docks). The scouring of the channel, produced by fast flowing water, uncovered a site some years ago that has received a lot of attention.

La Marmotta

La Marmotta harbours a Neolithic settlement, submerged in the waters of Lake Bracciano 57km north of Rome. The emperor Trajan had an aqueduct built to bring water from the lake to Rome which was in use over a long period of time. In 1612 Pope Pius V had the aqueduct repaired and it remained in use until 1989 when the city's water authority decided to add a new aqueduct. Tis was when  the lake dwellings were discovered - a village on stilts on the lake margins.

women and chores

At ... I don't suppose they were gambling for money - but may be for their shirts (or was it who was skinning the rabbit).

The excellent web site Western Digs has come up with another bit of useful analysis following the fantastic discovery from a cave in Utah (on the