Archaeology news


Ava is the name given to a woman buried near Wick in northern Scotland over 4000 years ago. Beside her remains archaeologists found a beaker - and she is now thought to be part of a wider European folk migration, that of the Beaker People. Whether the Beaker phenomenon represents a human migration or the spread of a cult is debatable but the beaker in the burial has been analysed and published with details of pollen in cooking residue (as well as other goodies archaeologists like). See ...


We had a long article in the March issue of Current Archaeology on dolmens in Pembrokeshire. There are a lot of dolmens along the western sea lanes from Britain and Ireland to France and Spain/ Portugal. These are generally dated from as early as the 4th millennium BC (although they may have continued to have been built into the next millennium). There was an odd coincidence as dolmens in Upper Galilee were the subject of a post at ...

Magnetic anomaly 8th century BC

At ... a huge spike in the geomagnetic field of the Earth is inferred pottery found in the 8th c entury BC kingdom of Judah. What might cause that?

Genetics versus Archaeology

At ... we have a hands on collision between archaeologists and historians with geneticists. One reason this has occurred is that both sides work in isolation from each other. There is a lot of archaeological evidence for a Viking invasion in the 9th and 10th centuries AD but this is not necessarily what geneticists have found. We even had Viking kings - and large parts of England were once part of Greater Denmark.

Flint Sickles

At .... brush huts, grass bedding, charred grains and lots of stone tool have been unearthed by the Sea of Galilee, going back 23,000 years ago (deep into the Late Glacial Maximum). The idea that farming began just 12,000 years ago, in the same general region, is questionable - or is it? The end of the Ice Age came with upheavals in the landscape which included the catastrophic burial of human remains (in France, as a good example).

Danish labyrinth

There has been a long tradition of antiquarians fascinated by prehistoric mazes, troy towns, and labyrinths, and this one follows in the same tradition.

American Pie

An American Pie might imply a mixture of fillings. Whilst this is obviously true of the last couple of hundred years, to be sure, it is also true of the earliest humans to reach the Americas according to a new linguistics study - see ... linguist anthropologists (a bit of a mouth full) have applied technology (simulation) to the early inhabitants of the Americas - and this has popped out the news that there was a complex pattern  of settlement, contact, and migration over a long period of time.


At ... Qantir, the ancient city of Pi-ramesse, is affected by urban growth. This has hastened some archaeology in the areas most prone to overspill from the local village and a large building, thought to have been a palace, has been unearthed. 

Amazonian Earthworks

At ... an update on the earthworks and human impact on the western Amazonian rainforest. Research s ongoing - aided and abetted by logging and felling. Human settlement in this part of the rainforest is known about and rather than being the province of a few maverick archaeologists it has now become of interest to the Brazilian government and state sponsored archaeology.

Baltic Farmers

It seems that Baltic hunter gatherers took up farming in a piecemeal fashion and there is no evidence of admixture with migrants from Anatolia. It's all in the DNA. Go to ... which upsets some of the present thinking on the matter as migration Anatolian farmers are generally thought to have brought the way of life into central and western Europe (along the Danube valley and around the Mediterranean coast into the Atlantic). The study is in Current Biology (Jan 2017) and differentiates between the Baltic and central Europe.