Archaeology news

Dogger in Lincoln

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-35008564  ... excavations for a new building in the grounds of Lincoln University have turned up a Mesolithic camp site dating back up to 11,000 years ago. It appears to have been a place where flint microlithic blades were being made, over several generations. Hundreds of microliths - and flakes of flint from cores (nodules) have been dug up, dating from the early Holocene. Lincoln is not far from the Fens and at one time was virtually an island.

works of the old men

The works of the old men is a bedouin term referring to thousands of stone structures in the Jordanian and Arabian deserts. Two wheels, or circular stone structures with what look like spokes, have been dated 8500 years ago (very close to the 6200BC event). Massive meandering walls appear to go nowhere - see www.livescience.com/52943-photos-wheel-structures-middle-east.html

Hezekiah's Seal

The BBC has finally caught up with the news that a seal of King Hezekiah has been found by Israeli archaeologists.

underground city

The ancient Cappadocian city with a labyrinnth of underground tunnels and chambers serving as living quarters and storage facilities, a mess of hidey holes, is back in the news. Don't expect much information as the newspaper isn't really an archaeological forum. Go to www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-underground-city-in-cappadocia-will-re... ... the big question remains unanswered. Why did people want to be underground - what was falling out of the sky, or who were they hiding from.

Upper Tibet

Upper Tibet is basically the northern and western end of the plateau. We all know that Buddhism took fairly deep roots in Tibet - but what went on before as far as beliefs are concerned? At www.popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2015/article/revering-ancient-god... ... it seems the pre Buddha gods of Tibet were not a lot different than elsewhere, a pantheon associated with the stars, moon, sun, planets - and celestial dragons.

Tom Dillehay

Tom Dillehay is a controversial archaeologist as he was in charge of the excavations at Monte Verde in southern Chile. The controversy involved the dates for human activity he unearthed, unpopular at the time because Clovis First ruled the roost in North America. His dates, at the time, were 14,500 years ago, and humans had to get as far south as Monte Verde after the end of the Ice Age (around 15,000 years ago as far as melting ice was concerned).

Glastonbury abbey

Well I never. The Glastonbury monks made it up. William Blake got it wrong.

Amazon rainforest in Medieval Period

Lovely programme on BBC 4 last night, on the Amazon and the discovery of towns and plazas and a wonderful fertile soil which included charcoal, human waste and other unmentionable components. See it live at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0122njp

pottery

At www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/was-pottery-invented-process-fish ... which is a peculiar question to ask - why would anyone know the answer? True, the Japanese were using pottery a long time ago, around 13,000 years ago, and the Japanese like eating fish - but the question concerns the processing of fish, the extraction of fish oil. Not only that the article is focussed on N America and pottery in use amongst Native American societies (pre-farming). It is something to think about and can only have been asked as a result of residues found on pottery shards.

Denisovans and others

Robert Farrar sent in the link to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3321354/The-mysterious-cousin-li... ... we have a post on the Denisovans which may have been lost in a mail sack as it seems it is a bit late in coming into daylight. They also have a story on the North Sea tsunami which is old hat so may be somebody has been catching up and has got to the bottom of his pile of papers.