Archaeology news

Drowned Villages

This one comes courtesy of Anne-Marie de Grazia. At www.q-mag.org/neolithic-avant-garde-village-in-israel-drowned-by-tsunami... ... we are told that around 8000BC sea levels rose enought to re-establish a link between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. By 7000BC the waters of the Persian Gulf were rising - and around 6000BC it rose again. Around 5000BC sea level rounded out to near enough modern levels (followed by minor oscillations). There is something wrong here but it is difficult to pin down as exponential sea level graphs can come up awry.

Fleas

Sent in by Gary. At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6546689/Humans-NOT-rats-blame-sp... ... where we learn that research by Oslo University into an outbreak of bubonic plague in Glasgow back in 1900 was not spread by rats - or fleas on rats. It is suggested that human fleas were to blame - accusing the Glaswegians of the period of poor sanitation. It is of course a theory but one that will probably stick like glue as it involves the occupants of tenements in the Gorbals. Were they Scots fleas - or Irish fleas.

Plague and Human Foible

At https://phys.org/print463398015.html ... the oldest trace of bubonic plague has been found in a passage grave in Scandinavia - going back 5000 years. The discovery was made via DNA research as archaeologists wondered why so many people died out at around the same point in time (after C14 of the bones). It seems a plague pandemic may have been to blame - or this is the theory that is gaining traction. This is interesting as we have a major narrow growth tree ring event dated at 3150BC (on the Belfast dendrochronology).

Cave Astronomy

This is an interesting link to a new study that will not be received with universal enthusiasm by mainstream but it has been published in a big name journal - go to https://phys.org/print462547301.html ... some of the world's oldest cave art has revealed how prehistoric people had a relatively informed knowledge of the sky and the movements of the stars and other cosmic bodies. Of course, it is all down to an interpretation of the cave art - and they are not the first by a long chance to say a connection between the sky and cave art exists.

Saxons and Romans

At https://phys.org/print462510653.html ... an Anglo Saxon cemetery has been found in the Lincolnshire Wolds dating back from the late 5th to early 6th century AD. Interestingly, the Wolds would have been dry land, and possibly a safe place as sea levels were much higher at this time. The burials included a rich array of grave goods such as copper gilded brooches, iron shield bosses etc. The discovery featured in this week's 'Digging for Britain' on BBC 4 (9pm November 28th). See https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bt8vvf/sign/digging-for-britain-...

Levallois Flake Technology

At https://phys.org/print461827831.html ... scientists from Australia and China and the US have published a study in the journal Nature (19th November 2018) which purports to show humans with the ability to make stone tools in the Levallois fashion go back to 170,000 years (at least) in East Asia. This is of course contrary to the Out of Africa theory where Levallois technology only reached that part of the world around 50,000 years ago. Is this another nail in the coffin of the multi culti propaganda masquerading as serious science?

Tenea

At https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/11/13/lost-ancient-city-buil... ... another legacy of the Trojan War is the city of Tenea, first settled by prisoners brought over from Troy (or that is the urban myth). It was located south of Corinth on the neck of land connecting mainland Greece to the Peloponessian peninsular. The city is said to have prospered. However, when the Romans invaded and captured Corinth in 146BC Tenea, it is said, was left unharmed - as the Romans claimed descent from the Trojan, Aeneas.

AD536

At https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6397621/Why-536-AD-worst... ... Why AD536 was the worst year ever. Ever and ever. A new report claims a mysterious fog blocked out the Sun and caused crop failures leading to famines - and this was absolutely the worst case of climate change in human history (or words to that effect). Mike Baillie was writing about the AD536 event in the 1990s and 2000s and mainstream didn't take much notice then and are unlikely to now - even though the magic words climate change have been attached to the event.

Pristine Tombs

At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMjdZfpElwA ... news of the discovery of some pristine 5th dynasty tombs at Saqqara, the necropolis of Memphis, from around 2500BC (in old money). Two sarcophagus have yielded mummified scarab beetles. The tombs lie in a buried ridge that has only been partly uncovered.

Climate Change Indus

At https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6385185/Climate-change-l... ... we have a post sent in by Gary. The same story is at https://popular-archaeology.com/article/climate-change-likely-caused-mig... ... but with a bit less hype (although it is the authors who are actually stressing the climate change and comparing it to the modern day). Strangely, they seem to think that modern migration from Africa and South America is due to climate change rather than economics.