Archaeology news


At ... 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.


At ... 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 ... 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 ... we have a post sent in by Gary. The same story is at ... 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.

Bones and DNA

At ... another excellent article from Popular Archaeology. This one concerns the body of a teenage girl found in a cenote in the Yucatan. It is several pages in length and fairly comprehensive, leading up to the genetic dating of the bones.

secrets of the pyramids

This link was provided by William. Go to ... which is a strange mixture of archaeology and pyramidiology. Have a browse.



Pict Symbols

At ... archaeologists have found evidence of domestic cattle, sheep, and goats, in the high mountain passes of Kyrgystan going back over 4000 years. These routes were used by merchants of the Silk Road but this new evidence predates this activity by a long shot. The findings are published by PLOS One journal and refer to pastoral herding societies of central Asia who were journeying through the region that connects directly to NW China and the oases cities of Bukhara and Samarkand. The evidence of herders is said to date from 4300 years ago.

Angkor Demise

This story was sent in by William - go to ... the headline of which puts it into context - what contributed to the downfall of the city of Angkor in modern Cambodia? A new study claims that monsoon flooding weakened the water infrastructural network of canals, reservoirs, moats and ponds, and led to the collapse of the system (and abandonment of the city). Angkor was one of the world's largest cities back in the 13th century AD.

Palaeolithic burials

At ... an Ice Age necropolis found in a cave in NW Italy. There was a massive 300 feet deep sand dune in front of the cave - but it has now been quarried away. The cave has ten Palaeolithic burials and seven clusters of bones. A thick rocky layer in the cave separates the Palaeolithic burials from Neolithic burials (mid Holocene).