Archaeology news

Bell Beaker enclosure

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809095145.htm .... the discovery of a circular earthwork enclosure in southern Spain, dating to the Bell Beaker period (2600-2200BC) is interesting as we don't know yet that it has anything to do with the Beaker Folk. Excavations unearthed bones, sherds, jewelry etc. It is unclear if the sherds of pottery come from bell beakers or the C14 dates have provided the link. The site consists of concentric circular trenches cut into segments at regular distances. In the centre was a deep round hole 19m wide.

Stone Circles and Henges

Surprisingly, SIS has not published a great deal on stone circles as far as major articles are concerned. It tends to have been small pieces and letters. These were mostly in early Newsletters and Workshops. Kronos on the other hand, did rather better when it came to Alexander Thom, but one got the impression they were more interested in authors critical of his discoveries rather than favouring them.

Sun Faces

   At http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0252-found-grave-of... ... the body in the grave comes from the Okunev Culture in the Republic of Khakassia. These are thought to be the Siberian ethnic group most closely related to native Americans.

Throwing Stones

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2016/article/tools-as-weapons/ ... is a report on a study in the journal Scientific Reports (August 2016) hwich is about the use of round stones at an ancient site in the Makapan Valley in South Africa dating back between 1.8 million and 70,000 years ago (a deep layer of cave sediment has been dug out). It is known as the Cave of Hearths and the authors have been pitting their minds as to what use these early people might have had for round stones.

Tree rings and solar radiation

Clark Whelton forwarded the link at www.ox.ac.uk/news/2016-08-17-clocks-tree-rings-could-reset-chronologies-... ... Oxford University researchers say that trees that grew during intense radiation events in the past have left behind an imprint in their rings that can be teased out and used to define the chronologies of the Bronze Ages and earlier. It seems that ice cores preserve changes in Beryillium and tree rings can now be more closely integrated by the now recognised signature of what is assumed to be solar radiation caused by big CME events.

Durrington Walls

Last year the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project was surveying at Durrington Walls henge and they thought the Geophys had turned up a circle of buried stones. The circle was much larger than Stonehenge itself and appeared to fit into the giant proportions of the bank and ditch system at Durrington Walls. It was just a matter of time before archaeologists got out their  spades and investigated what their radar images had shown up. It seems there are no buried stones.

Nerik

Nerik is mentioned in Hittite texts found at ancient Hattusas in Late Bronze levels. Nerik has now been found and identified by archaeologists -= go to www.hurriyetdailynews.com/religious-center-of-hittites-comes-to-light.as... ... and what will prove to be the best part, a cache of cuneiform tablets. Various mining tools have been unearthed, used to exploit nearby copper deposits.

archaeo-astronomy

Archaeo-astronomy in Britain has been a place where most archaeologists have been fearful to tread since the campaign to marginalise Alexander Thom took place many years ago.

Zeus sacrifice

At http://phys.org/print390048755.html ... amongst the ash of numerous animal sacrifices on a mountain dedicated to Zeus in Greece has been found the skeleton of a human sacrifice, a teenager, and dates back to the end of the Late Bronze Age. This was a time when the Mycenaean Greek kingdoms were overwhelmed in a catastrophe of some kind, most of their towns and villages were completely destroyed (and abandoned). A human sacrifice on a mountain top, directly facing the sky, and as near to the sky one can get, is a clue that something was going on upstairs.

Tintagel Palace

Two takes on the same discovery. The newspaper likes the Arthurian angle and dallies a bit - www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/king-arthur-castle-cornwa... ... and www.medievalhistories.com/luxury-tintagel-early-medieval-period/ ... the excavations in July came across buildings, it is thought, dating to the 5th century AD (or roughly contemporary when Gildas when writing his missive, The Ruin of Britain).