Archaeology news

Jomons in Ecuador

At ... Tim Cullen is away on a new angle, similarities between Jomon pottery from Japan and the pottery of the Valdivia Culture in Ecuador, located on the Santa Elena peninsular. They appear to have arrived in the area around 5000 years ago - another long distance migration episode? Perhaps.

drone on rock art

At ... yes, drones have been used to reach high parts of slabs of rock covered in etchings during a major exercise to map and record rock art in the Italian Alps. There are thousands of images visible, and not so visible, and these are being converted into 3D digitised format

Otzi and Siberia

Otzi. A lot of genetic studies have been done on Otzi the ice man (rescued from a melting Alpine glacier) - see ... and it seems the paternal line is still evident in modern populations in different part of Europe but the maternal line has disappeared. Why? See also


split stones

At ... and at ... we have a pile of split stones laid out on display - with apparently, sharp edges. They are said to have been found scattered across a gravel surface but deep underground on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi during a deep excavation in 2009. They were subsequently dated and are said to be 118,000 years old - research is published in Nature. The big question - is there a link to the peopling of Australia?

Houses on stilts

The story is still travelling around the Net - see ... and comes complete with images (which must have been released by Cambridge University)


Recent fieldwork at Knossos on Crete has found that during the Iron Age (1100-600BC) the town was rich in imports and was nearly three times bigger than believed from earlier excavation - go to

Must Farm (again)

Must Farm has been the object of archaeological reports and news flashes for a number of years. It is back again - in the news (go to ). It is the unusual fact that bronze age houses have been preserved, with most of their contents, that has captured the medias interest. Normally, archaeological sites it the UK are short on the fundamentals of life (especially the household).

Thera tephra

At ... tephra from the Thera eruption during the Late Bronze Age has turned up at excavations at Tel -Al-Dafna, situated on the western bank of the Suez Canal. The site is a fort constructed in the time of Psammetich of dynasty 26 (7th century BC) but presumably the volcanic ash was laid down much earlier. It does illustrate that a tidal wave associated with the volcano generated a tsunami wave that penetrated far inland.

Oregon sand dunes

Catastrophism has many tentacles and far reaching affects, not least human and animal migrations. At ... an assemblage of pottery, stone points, a gaming piece, tobacco pipes, seeds and marsh tubers, and so on, were found in what is now sand dunes in southern Oregon. The camp site goes back some 800 years, it is thought, on what is now known as Skull Creek Dunes (which indicates a watercourse of some kind attracted them).

upsetting applecarts

At ... we learn that analysis of a 14000 year old femur bone and skulls bones found in 1989 at the Red Deer cave in Yunnan in SW China has revealed it looks like early Homo erectus and Homo habilis (way too archaic in morphology than the dating implies) which has upset the applecart as the survival of ancient humans over such a long period is simply not on the mainstream radar. It is being called a mystery.