Archaeology news

Ra, the red sun disc

A web site that might interest SIS members, http://gks.uk.com which is run by Gary Gilligan, a contributor to the www.thunderbolts.info web site and a member of SIS and an attendee at our bi-annual meetings. It has several long pages of articles and views that some might find thought provoking. Basically, the idea of the divinity of the pharaoh, the representative of the God on earth, his physical and human representation as leader of people etc, is challenged.

Thunderstones

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100614101724.htm we have a story about an Iron Age grave in Norway that dates somewhere between 600 and 1000AD which contained a prehistoric stone axe head - made of greenstone. Such axes, the news blurb announces, symbolised thunderstones. The idea of a rock falling out of the sky as a result of lightning is common around the world it continues, and has an obvious connection with meteors - or lightning bolts.

Romanian caves

www.physorg.com/print195668903.html June 13th ... Romanian archaeologists have found ancient cave paintings aged between 23,000 and 35,000 years ago. They are drawings of buffalo, horse, and rhinoceros, and clearly these animals must have roamed in the immediate vicinity during the Ice Age - but this is well to the south of the ice sheet.

Tutankhamun Funeral

The Times May 29th .... archaeology correspondent Norman Hammond reported on an exhibition in New York, at the Metropolitan, 'Tutankhamun's Funeral'. A decade before the actual discovery of his tomb, some jars and broken pottery, bandages and animal remains, and dried flowers were found in a pit nearby. They were the remains of Tutankhamun's funeral, too impure to be buried in the tomb but safely hidden not far away.

Turkmenistan, and Ethiopia

www.turkmenistan.ru/ June 8th ... Turkmenistan in Russia, excavations in the capital city Ashgabat have found there was a settlement there going back to the 6th millennium BC, defined as Neolithic and contemporary with Neolithic farming communities in Iran, Baluchistan, and the Fertile Crescent.

Aborigines blasted

At www.thunderbolts.info one of the forum subjects concerns the discovery in the area of Lake Mungo and Lake Victoria in Australia of the bones of an estimated 15,000 fossil bodies that seem to have died in a major catastrophic event. It was an ancient meeting place for Aborigines, and inter tribal gatherings like this were common amongst Pacific cultures. Indeed, they were common in many parts of the world, even in Europe.

Harrapan culture

Frontline, India's national magazine, has a beautiful article with lots of pictures that can be downloaded at www.flonnet.com/stories/20100618271206200.htm on the rise and fall of a Harrapan city - the layout, views of the dig, and views of the finds. The rise and fall of the city over a period of 150 years is portrayed - urban grid, monumental architecture, a stadium with terraced stands, funerary architecture, a sandstone quarry, and an impressive water management system are included.

Humans in Britain earlier than thought

The Independent June 1st ... until last month there was no evidence of humans in Britain between 200,000 and 65,000 years ago - but that was only because no evidence had been found. Now it has - humans were here 110,000 years ago - the trusty Neanderthals. Southampton University and Oxford Archaeology have discovered stone tools in Kent and it is being floated that humans were able to cross from France to SE England because sea levels were so low.

Mesolithic Scots

Herald, Scotland May 29th - www.heraldscotland.com ... a stone age camp site has been found at a farm by amateurs (2005) to the north of Biggar. The oldest found in Scotland so far, it is said to date back as early as 14,000 years ago, before the Younger Dryas event. Some 40,000 fragments, or microliths, have been found at the site - and Mesolithic sites (after the YD event) are being found on a regular basis, dating between 10,000 and 6,000 years ago.

Fayoum discoveries

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/print/2010/1000/eg10.htm Al Ahram says archaeologists working in the Fayoum have found a group of 45 intact Egyptian tombs complete with painted sarcophagi at Lahoun. A dynasty 18 tomb contained 12 wooden sarcophagi stacked on top of one another - each having its own well preserved mummy. They were covered in caronnage decorated with writings from the Book of the Dead and scene depicting various Egyptian deities. Images will be interesting when they are available.