Archaeology news

Neolithic Art in the desert west of the Nile

At ... dating back between 7000 and 6000 years ago, during the Mid Holocene Warm Period, even earlier than the Pre-dynastic era, is a bit of rock art that is now under active research. In this instance, from the walls of a cave situated at Wadi el Obeiyid near the Farafra Oasis. They include drawings of a bovid (thought to be an oryx) and a giraffe - and most importantly, depictions of two boats - engraved on a white chalk surface.

1177BC - the year civilisation collapsed

This is the catastrophe Velikovsky chose to identify as a Persian invasion of Egypt many hundreds of years later. Gaston Maspero, in the 1860s, came up with the idea of a hoard of Sea Peoples invading the Aegean, Anatolia, and the Levant, and marching on Egypt they were beaten back first by Merenptah and then by Ramses III. Ever since then the Sea Peoples have been the favoured agency by the majority of historians, being responsible for a large number of site destructions across the region outlined above.

alcohol and drug usage in the ancient world

This topic is back in the news - go to .... but it doesn't really tell us anything that wasn't known before. Drugs and alcohol appear to have had a non-recreational role associated with funerary rites - and activities that come under the umbrella term, ritual.

Has the citadel stormed by David been found?

At .... an archaeologist in Israel, a bit of a controversial figure mentioned before, thinks he has found the citadel captured by King David on the conquest of Jebusite Jerusalem. He has also left his job with a spade and has set up an exhibition on the project aimed at tourists - and presumably is doing quite well. Hence, a bit of scepticism is in order. His enterprise is to be admired but is he entirely honest with his target audience.

Doggerland is in the news again

At ... it seems some fresh evidence has emerged on Doggerland, concerning its demise. A huge tsunami wave 8200 years ago generated by a catastrophic underwater collapse of the Storegga Shelf (off the coast of Norway) caused problems by overwhelming Mesolithic settlements along the eastern coast of Scotland and northern England, as well as anyone living in Doggerland itself. However, this giant wave is then said to have gone on to drown a large part of the North Sea basin - which has remained submerged ever since.


At ... in downtown Alexandria (not under the sea). The monument was sealed off, it is though, in the 3rd or 4th centuries AD, as a result of Christian repression of paganism.

Jesus had a wife?

Well, according to research on a papyrus scroll, he did - but you might be a bit sceptical so go to ... the scroll is just 3 inches wide but is said to be jam packed with dense text. However, it is significantly damaged but in spite of that has become known as the Gospel of Jesus's Wife - but is so small one is left wondering if this is mostly just hot air. In the Coptic text Jesus is said to refer to his wife.

Caribou hunting in the early Holocene

Archaeologists have finally cracked what all those stones were for submerged beneath Lake Huron. At ... a reference to stones laid out in a linear fashion that were found a couple of years ago underneath the waters of Lake Huron. Caribou and other game was driven into a centralised 'killing zone' according to an article in PNAS April 28th 2014

Spy satellites and archaeology

At ... US spy satellites data from the Cold War period has been released and it displays images that can be used by archaeologists as it shows up clear as daylight numerous ancient settlements (citeis, towns, villages) in fine detail, some of which were unknown to scholars. In this instance, it the Near and Middle East (modern Turkey, Syria, and Iraq) that is of interest - many of the sites are now stranded in the desert and far away from human habitation. Other sites are big, really big.