Archaeology news

Sea Peoples on the wrong side of the Jordan?

At ... we learn that a site in the Jordan valley, currently being excavated by a Swedish team, has found artifacts which resemble those associated with the sea peoples - such as the Philistines. The news blurb says it amounts to proof sea peoples settled that far inland - at Tell Abu al-Kharaz. This is not where the Bible locates the Philistines and Israeli archaeologists appear to be sceptical.

Norfolk footprints - see the video

Ther discoveries at Happisburgh have excited some of the media. Here are two links to videos -

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Vespasian's Camp

The earthwork known as Vespasian's Camp, named after a Roman general, is situated on a hill with wide views over the surrounding countryside. It is a fine vantage point to see across the general Stonehenge landscape and the winding river Avon. The camp is actually an Iron Age hillfort and has been in private hands since the Tudor dissolution of the monasteries and great religious land holdings. Formerly, it was associated with an abbey.

Beaker chaps and all that

There is an interesting article at the Daily Mail Online. It is featured  elsewhere but there are some nice images on the newspaper web site - and the link was sent in by Clark Whelton. He asked if the changes had anything to do with Julian Jaynes theory of the bicameral mind. This appears unlikely as it is genetics being referred to - a distinct modulation of the genetic signature of Europeans.

Footsteps in the Tide

At ... is a report on the discovery of human footprints at Happisburg in Norfolk, going back, it is believed, to 850,000 years ago.      Ther research was headed by Nick Ashton of the British Museum.




Camels and the Bible

Provoked by the recent claim that camels are first known in the southern Levant in the Iron Age a New Chronology Yahoo Group commenter claims Kenneth Kitchen, seriously kicked around like a football by New Chronology (both the James and the Rohl versions), in 'On the Reliability of the Old Testament' actually provided a series of line drawings of a number of physical relics with pictures of camels from the 2nd millennium BC, long prior to the Iron Age. These came from Ur, Byblos, and Syria, and somewhat later, towards the end of the LB Age, from Egypt and NW Arabia.

Iron working in the pre-Roman period

At ... this story caught my eye because a friend of mine has discovered several bloomeries in what is nowadays an isolated woodland environment on a high slope above a valley in the Chilterns. In the Bronze and Iron ages this valley would have been lined with farms, and in the Roman period it is known there was a string of villas all the way along the valley bottom.

Rabbits and the Mesolithic

The Independent newspaper and various other sources such as the BBC are reporting that rabbits digging holes near Lands End have unearthed a treasure trove of archaeology - including Mesolithic stone tools, Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts, and so on - going back some 8000 years. At ...The news release appears to have got mixed up, describing the stone tools as Neolithic, but other than that all reports seem to agree.

Khoisan Peoples and King Solomon's Mines

At ... we have another story that brings to mind early SIS Workshops and the various writings of Nell Kluitman. In these, the impression was left that Khoisan people, such as the Hottentots, were generally disliked by the Bantu majority. The latter were latecomers to the region, and the view has always been that Khoisan people (including especially the Bushmen) were indigenous to the region and represent an archaic strand of humanity.