Archaeology news

Aborigine stories

At http://phys.org/print361773247.html ... a paper in Australian Geography 'Aboriginal memories of inundation of the Australian coast dating from more than 7000 years ago' used stories from 21 different places around the coastline of Australia, each desribing when sea levels differed and more land was exposed. The present sea level stabilised arond 7000 years ago, they are saying, and this was probably associated with the 6200BC event (8000 years ago) when the Sunda Shelf was flooded, leaving behind the islands of Indonesia roughly as they are nowadays.

Exodus

Exodus is going to feature in one of our talks at the speaker meeting in Watford this weekend so it might be worth while if you get a handle on it before the talk is uploaded on to our web site. The following links were provided by SIS member Adam Stuart. At http://fontes.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/how_reliable_is_exodus.htm ... an excellent rebuff to critics of the Exodus event by A Millard - or at least support for a movement of people out of Egypt by a group of Asiatics steeped in Egyptian culture.

another Atlantis

At www.independent.com.mt/articles/2009-07-13/news/could-sardinia-be-the-lo... ... this story goes back a couple of years and is apparently dead and buried - so the conference must have been a damp squib. However, I thought it was interesting when you consider that a week or so ago we had a post on the Pantilleria Vecchia Bank between Sicily and Tunisia which may have been dry land in the early Holocene and Late Pleistocene periods.

Basque origins

Not all the big discoveries are taking place in space - archaeology is having a nice plate full at the moment. At http://phys.org/print360840353.html ... the Basques have usually been regarded as having the oldest European language and therefore, common sense would say they were descended from the oldest Europeans - the pre-farming population.

buried stones again

The new discovery at Durrington Walls henge can be found on most media web sites from The Guardian to the Independent. It is also at http://phys.org/print360835645.html ...

Palaeolithic oats

At http://phys.org/print360921973.html ... evidence of Palaeolithic hunter gatherers grinding oats has been found in southern Italy - a stone pestle with bits of grain still attached. The study is published in the Sept 7th 2015 issue of the journal of PNAS. The grain had also been heated prior to grinding, suggesting they were first drying the grain (as they still do in the modern world). They would have obtained a powdery flour which could have been used in a variety of ways - such as bread or porridge, or a thickener in stews or gruel.

Durrington stones

Mike Parker Pearson's Stonehenge theory has taken a bit of a tumble with the discovery of 90 buried standing stones at Durrington Walls. He theorised that Stonehenge was a place of the dead (because of its stones) but Durrington Walls, which has massive earthen banks, was designed for the living. See www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3224523/Stonehenge-II-Radar-reveals-gre... ...

Cartography

Brian Sherwood Jones forwarded this link www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/index.html ... the first volume of the 'History of Cartography' was published in 1987 - and another three books were published over the next eleven years. On the web site (above) the University of Chicago Press presents the first 3 volumes in the series in pdf format - to download. Each chapter of each book is a separate pdf document.

Maps and map making are a perennial interest of both boys and girls. I like nothing more than pouring over an old map.

Shigir idol

 

What is this supposed to represent? It is nine feet in length.

Is it the coma of a comet, or a plasma column, or a giant at the top of the world?

A wooden statue pulled out of a peat bog in the Urals has been dated to 11,000 years ago, according to German scientists that did the dating - see http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/n0379-revelations-on...