Damerham is located between Cranbourne and Fordingbridge, on the Wiltshire uplands (the Downs) at the very edge of Cranbourne Chase - and not that far from the New Forest. As such, it is not surprising it has become the latest Neolithic complex to excite archaeologists. At http://phys.org/print304757967.html ... we have a piece on Damerham after a field survey prompted by aerial photography, which spotted crop marks - the field survey (on a recently ploughed field) was designed to see if there was any evidence of life - and tools and bits and pieces came to light.
I've just watched a Channel 4 TV documentary on the Hanging Gardens of Nineveh, Sunday 24th of November, in which an Oxford University researcher has matched a museum inscription of Sennacherib with a 100km long canal from the foothills of the Zagros mountains into the ancient metropolis of the Assyrians and the palace gardens. Seems authentic.
At http://phys.org/news/2013-11-ancient-giant-sloth-bones-humans.html ... a paper in 'Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences' concerns an investigation in Uruguay at a bone bed.
At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/uoc-asg112013.php ... a skeleton of an individual dated around 24,000 years ago, at the height of the Late Glacial Maximum (LGM) was found at a site it south central Siberia, known as Mal'ta. It belongs to the Upper Palaeothic and as such attracted the attention of geneticists, and they have published a paper in Nature. It claims the individual shows little genetic affinity with the modern population of central Siberia - which is not althogether surprising as the region has been awash with migrations over the last 5000 years.
At www.livescience.com/41143-city-found-under-canaanite-city.html ... archaeologists have unearthed a city beneath a Canaanite city - in Israel. This is how the story is presented, as if this was something unusual, a peculiar way to write about an archaeology discovery. What they mean to convey is that another city from a different era lay under the city of the Biblical period (9th and 8th centuries BC).The hidden remains are simply the Late Bronze period city of Gezer (and the geezer is Amenophis III, as an amulet of his was found in the new level).
At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2013/neanderthal-string-theory ... a Neanderthal occupation site in the Ardeche in France has shownthey used string to thread a knecklace of stones, teeth, and shells, or used as pendants.
A new articel in Quaternary Science Review claims twisted fibres were being used as early as 90,000 years ago in Europe. They also hunted large mammals (as recognised) and small prey such as fish, ducks, raptors, rabbits, roots and plants (leaves) and they made use of wood also as well as plant fibres.
At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25004282 ... research published in the Journal of Archaeological Science say they have found the specific outcrop of spotted dolerite from where most of the bluestones came from has been identifed. It is at Carn Goedog in the Preseli mountains. The rhyolites (another one of the bluestones) was sourced some 31km aw2ay at Craig Rhos y Felin. However, whether they were carried by ice to Wiltshire, or transported by humans is another question.
Sean Kingsley in World Current Archaeology 62 - see www.world-archaeology.com (story not on site at moment as this is the December 2013 edition), uses the term Mrs God for Asherah, former consort of YHWH (god of Israel), in a report on a remarkable temple found on the borders of Sinai with Judah some 40 miles NW of modern Eilat. Asherah was the traditional Canaanite mother-goddess (see also William G Dever, Did God have a Wife?) and it was more normal for her to be attached to El or Baal.
At www.naukawpolsce.pap.pl/en/news/news,397981,dabki-where-hunters-met-farm... ... a Polish settlement site in Pomerania, on an island in a lake, and dating between 5100 and 3600BC, displays no evidence of farming and yet there is plenty of evidence they were trading with farming communities of the North European Plain and even as far away as Hungary.
At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2013/genetic-link-shown-bet... ... a paper published in PLoS ONE, using DNA methodology, has shown a fairly stable population in Syria and the middle Euphrates valley right up to the Mongolian invasion in the 13th century. At this time so many people died the genetic makeup was altered. On the face of it, this ignores the role of the Black Death in the 14th century - so perhaps both events should be flagged up.