Archaeology news

Cappadocian safe bolt hole

This is the underground safe house created in Cappadocia. Was it designed in fear of cosmic catastrophism - or was it designed as a safe place for the locals when predatory armies were rampaging through the region. Go to .... where it is inferred local Christians hid there from various Islamic intrusions into the region, from the Seljuk Turks to the Ottomans.

a carpet of stone tools

I like this one as I can remember struggling, years ago, with trying to comprehend stone tool technology, and why the Middle Palaeolithic was so well documented in the Sahara. Okay, it's a desert and dry weather preserves things - but these are stone tools and they would be preserved even in a wet environment. This piece explains it all.

Tall el-Hammam

The Tall el-Hammam excavation has ended for another year. It is an excavation heavily orientated towards the Bible and from that position, the director, Steven Collins, has had a look at other references that may refer to Tall el-Hammam (or its vicinity). For instance, Abel Shittim, the place opposite Jericho where Moses camped before Joshua led them across the Jordan.

Diros Bay in Greece

This story is at ... and concerns ongoing excavations at Diros Bay in Greece. The remains of an ancient settlement and graveyard (with megalithic tombs) has been unearthed, dating back to the Neolithic. Significantly, the site was in use between 6300 and 3000BC. During the 4th millennium BC Greece had wide trading networks - by sea and by land. Copper tools are also evident - prior to the Bronze Age (after 3000BC).

a single stone tool with a lot to say

At .... this excellent web site has come up with another humdinger. A multi-purpose stone tool made from an orange agate was unearthed at a rock shelter in Oregon. The site has already produced evidence of human occupation as early as 12,000 years ago - such as stone points, tools, and hearths. The new agate tool was found in a much deeper layer. It was situated in a sandy clay geology that was itself found beneath a layer of volcanic ash that has been dated at 15,800 years ago.

snails, humans, and wheat DNA

Snails are often collected during archaeological excavations as they can provide evidence of the environment - species variety by species variety. For example, they were a useful source of data in the recent Stonehenge Riverside Project. However, there is evidence some human groups ate snails as part of their regular diet. Eating snails may have a link with catastrophes - such as landscape fires. It seems that people living in SW France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, may have developed a taste for snails and reared them as a delicacy, taking them with them on their travels.

Jewish fortunes in the Exile and beyond

   This is an image of a clay tablet with cuneiform writing, as practised in ancient Babylonia. The said tablet is one of over a hundred in the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. They document the lives and religious continuity of Jews in the Exile. Although many returned to Judah after the Persian king gave them permission many of them did not - not until modern times.

climate change and out of africa

Seems like two consensus theories are now in a head lock, being used as a battering ram in support of each other. Gary Gilligan forwarded the link - ... and is the result of research being done in Oman in SE Arabia where Out of Africa folk have been desperate to find evidence of early human movement. Most of the Arabian peninsular is out of bounds to archaeologists.

Tall el-Hammam

This is a photograph of the tell, Tall el-Hamman, which may be identified with Biblical Sodom, destroyed by a cosmic event of some kind. It is huge. Apparently, this year's dig is proceeding well but news releases will follow towards the end of the digging season. This site is a potential bomb shell. If actual evidence of destruction by bolide is found it will open up a can of worms. Catastrophism will rear its ugly head and leer over the shoulders of the uniformitarians and laugh heartily.

Lenborough Hoard

The British Museum now have the hoard of Anglo-Saxon coins found in a field in the UK (at Lenborough). Go to or the same thing at See also