Archaeology news

The Caribbean as a pristine environment ... and the Beringia Standstill.

At ... a study of plant and animals life in one part of the Caribbean, in the north of the Bahamas, and possibly representing a midden left behind by human hunter gatherers, has revealed some interesting information. The remains were buried in a layer of peat beneath beach sands deposits and include a tortoise shell C14 dated to just 900 years ago.

Richard III update, and an early Anglo Saxon cemetery

A controversy has developed over the remains of Richard III - some people not keen on DNA testing. A rift has broken out between different groups involved in the discovery, see

The Old Cathedral of Mainz

Gunnar Heinsohn has been eager to expand on Illig's lost early AD centuries, and has expanded the theory by creating an even bigger lost age, a black hole filling most of the post Roman first millennium AD. An email thread has developed, fed by Clark Whelton - and all comers are welcome to participate (if they have anything sensible to say). Use the contact number and I will pass on your details to Clark.

The Jelling Stone

At ... refers to excavations at Ribe in Denmark and what this means for the spread of early Christianity amongst the Vikings. Evidence of Christians has been updated to the 9th century AD, roughly a hundred years prior to what had previously been thought. Isotopic analysis of the skeletons revealed that the majority of them were local Jutes or newcomers from Zealand or Skane. The Jelling Stone was set up by Harald Bluetooth in about 965.

Cheesey Tales

The Chinese aren't supposed to be cheese eaters as they are largely lactose intolerant and yet researchers have found lumps of yellow staff associated with mummies from 1600BC. After analysis the yellow lumps were identifed as cheese - see

Pock marked stone in Scotland

At ... where a boulder decroated with cup and ring marks was found, decorated on both sides. It was found at Heights of Fadderty in Ross-shire and is thought to date back four to five thousand years ago, the third millennium BC.

Blue Stone Enigma

That was the title of a book but in this instance the enigma is outlined at ... in a paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science. It claims, as noted some weeks ago, that the bluestones came from a different quarry than previously thought. In fact, they were quarried on the other side of the Prescelli Mountains - and this creates a problem. It has been assumed they were transported by sea. If so they would have had to be hauled over the hills and down to the sea shore.

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.