Archaeology news

Roman Colchester

At www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/archaeology/12150373/Remains-... ... not perhaps the most cited link for this story but it provides nice images which are computer simulations but provide a good idea of what is implied. We are talking about the discovery of a Roman sacred walkway 120m in lenght, revealed during building works in the centre of Colchester

200,000 fish bones

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/e-2fb020816.php ... some 200,000 fish bones were discovered in and around a pit in Sweden that has been dated over 9000 years ago to the early Holocene era, deep in what is known as the Mesolithic, has been somewhat of a surprise and it is set to change some of the perceptions of archaeologists.

ancient mining

At Thorikos in Greece, at the foot a a Mycenaean acropolis, and overlooking the harbour of Lavrio, a French team have found an amazing network of mining galleries, shafts, and chambers, dating over a long period of time. Some 5km of subterranean conduits dug into the marble and lime schist rocks of Attica are honeycombed with evidence of past mining activity, discovered by a combination of caver and climber and archaeologist - see http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/an-exceptional-disc... ... a labyrinth of ancient mine workings have been found.

Hasan Peker

Hasan Peker is Turkey's leading expert on Luwian heiroglyphics. In a recent London lecture (February 2016) he told of the discovery in 2015 of the top part of a stele in SE Turkey, dedicated to the goddess Kubaba. Inscribed on the back were some names of kings of Carchemish that it is hoped will fill in the gap as now stands. It mainly concerns the neo-Assyrian period yet it does seem to inhibit how far forwards revisionists might wish to move the end of the LB period.

footprints

Under a covering of mica rich sand and sediment there are a surprising number of footprints - in what had been a field near Tucson in Arizona - see http://westerndigs.org/oldest-human-footprints-in-the-southwest-discover... ... and they go back 2500 years. They appear to belong to a farming group, adults and children, and even their dogs, and they were perfectly preserved as a result of being covered by a layer of sediment brought down stream by a flash flood (a small creek is situated nearby).

Jomons in Ecuador

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/parting-pacific-pottery/ ... Tim Cullen is away on a new angle, similarities between Jomon pottery from Japan and the pottery of the Valdivia Culture in Ecuador, located on the Santa Elena peninsular. They appear to have arrived in the area around 5000 years ago - another long distance migration episode? Perhaps.

drone on rock art

At www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/meet-the-archaeologists-making-ancient-rock-... ... yes, drones have been used to reach high parts of slabs of rock covered in etchings during a major exercise to map and record rock art in the Italian Alps. There are thousands of images visible, and not so visible, and these are being converted into 3D digitised format

Otzi and Siberia

Otzi. A lot of genetic studies have been done on Otzi the ice man (rescued from a melting Alpine glacier) - see http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2015-2016/article/new-discov... ... and it seems the paternal line is still evident in modern populations in different part of Europe but the maternal line has disappeared. Why? See also http://phys.org/print371973198.html

 

split stones

At http://phys.org/print371923822.html ... and at http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk ... we have a pile of split stones laid out on display - with apparently, sharp edges. They are said to have been found scattered across a gravel surface but deep underground on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi during a deep excavation in 2009. They were subsequently dated and are said to be 118,000 years old - research is published in Nature. The big question - is there a link to the peopling of Australia?

Houses on stilts

The story is still travelling around the Net - see http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/bronze-age-houses-u... ... and comes complete with images (which must have been released by Cambridge University)