At www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=19035 ... Tel Aviv University archaeologists have uncovered huge fortifications dating to the Iron Age - at Ashdod-Yam. A mud brick wall 12 feet wide and 15 feet high and covered in mud and sand has been dated to the late 8th century BC. Archaeologists appear to have guessed the date somewhat, using historical texts as an interpretation tool.
The background behind the Anglo Saxon poem Beowulf has just been brought to life by excavations in Denmark - BBC History magazine Sept 2013 (see www.historyextra.com). The royal centre of the Danish was at Lejre from the 6th to the 10th centuries AD. A great feasting hall has been discovered - in fact, seven rebuilds, a succession of buidlings over 500 years. The earliest was pehaps Heoret of the poem, where warriors loyal to Hrothgar spent their leisure hours.
At www.newsobserver.com/2013/08/19/3116729/corps-archaeologists-study-misso... ... the Missourie River carves a slice off one of its banks every now and again and these reveal flint scrapers and knives, and hoes and squash cutting tools made of bison bone, and even 19th century toys made of pewter or iron. Lots of stuff from the era of European fur traders turns up - and so on.
Neanderthal hand axes are discussed at www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/uos-hdr081913.php
The Tall (or tell) el-Hammam Excavation Project (see www.tallelhammam.com and www.trinitysouthwest.com) has already resulted in a book being published - and is recommended reading for all members of SIS, would-be chronological revisionists, and erstwhile neo-catastophists, S Collins and LC Scott, Discovering the City of Sodom, Simon and Schuster (Howard Books) New York:2013 ISBN 978 1 4516 8430-8.
At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/neolithic-engraved-sto... ... since 2010 some 80 decorated pieces of stone have been unearthed, and altogether some 450 inscribed pieces. Now, a discovery in Structure 10 (interpreted as some kind of ritual building) at the base of internal corner buttresses, has been found.
In Current Archaeology 282 (Sept 2013) - www.archaeology.co.uk - there is an interesting article on Star Carr (a longer but similar article appeared in Antiquity 86 in 2012) which provides a little history of the earlier excavation undertaken by Grahame Clark between 1949-1951. Star Carr become the archetype site of the Mesolithic in Britain and Ireland and its findings pop up in endless books on prehistory and the early Holocene.
At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uol-mdi072813.php ... a lead coffin within a stone coffin has been dug up at the Richard III site (in a car park in Leicester).
Current World Archaeology 5:12 (Aug/Sept, 2013) (see also www.world-archaeology.com) has a piece on iron use in Egypt. It is thought smelting reached Egypt in the 6th century BC (possibly a misnomer) but iron beads were found in Predynastic graves near Cairo dating back to the 4th millennnium BC. These had a high nickel content and electron spectroscopy has found they originate from iron meteorites.
Environmental archaeologist Mike Allen and Charley French noticed the ditch and bank of the Avenue were dug alongside a pair of natural chalk ridges whose orientation was on the midsummer sunrise in one direction and the midwinter sunset in the other - see British Archaeology 110 (Jan/Feb 2010). This point is in Mike Parker-Pearson's recent book Stonehenge, Simon and Schuster:2012. In 2009 GT Frontline, a ground penetrating radar team confirmed the presence of the two parallel ridges (a natural feature) and a third ridge further to the east (as seen on BBC TV).