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26 Jun 2019
Conspiracy Theory and the Brother of Jesus

This story is at www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-other-artifacts/ossuary-james-0012181 ... this sounds like a conspiracy theory but is never the less of interest as it is controversial. An ossuary of James the Just was brought to the attention of scholars back in 2002 by one Oden Golen (an Israeli dealer in antiquities who likes to describe himself as a collector of antiquities). He has, so we learn in an off hand manner, also been involved withe forgeries which raised suspicion.

27 Jun 2019
Watchtower

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/06/2700-year-old-watcht... ... a 2700 year old watchtower was discovered at a military base in southern Israel according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. It dates back to the reign of Hezekiah and was constructed with large stones at a high point with a wide view. There was a network of towers and fortresses used for communications, warnings and signalling. Was this the sort of watchtower manned bny Isaiah?

27 Jun 2019
Dinosaur Eating Crocodile

One to wow the kiddiewinks - a dinosaur eating crocodile. Perhaps not as it isn't big enough or fearsome enough - go to https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ancient-croc-preyed-dinosaurs.html ... the partial braincase and jawbone of a new species (or newly named) of crocodile, Isisfordia molnari, was found at Lightning Ridge in New South Wales. It is actually an opalised fossil - associated with opal mining activities. It was found a century ago - and a second one was found 70 years later. It related to modern crocodiles and was around six feet in length.

4 Jul 2019
Philistines

At https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-dna-biblical-philistines.html ... a dna study has been done on skeletons of Bronze and Iron age inhabitants of Ashkelon, one of the 5 Philistine cities. It was found there was an influx of European genes at the transition between the end of the LB age and the beginnings of the Iron Age, thus confirming mainstream historians. There is nothing surprising about this finding, nor the fact that the genes became diluted through admixture during the Iron Age (as a result of inter marraige).

4 Jul 2019
Solar cycle 25

At http://spaceweather.com (2nd July 2019) ... the face of the Sun has been blank for several days but on Sunday a small sun spot appeared, the beginnings of solar cycle 25. The solar minimum is still ongoing but the sun spot is a sign that it is coming to an end. The polarity of the sun spot is affected by its magnetic field. Sun spots switch polarity from one solar cycle to the next one, which is how they can tell it is cycle 25.

4 Jul 2019
A cave in the Crimea

A cave in Crimea has yielded the bones of an ostrich like bird - but three times the size of the modern version. At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/06/bird-three-times-lar... ... Humans are said to have lived alongside them but a bison bone in the cave has been dated at one and half million years old (so we are talking about way before the Neanderthals). These giant birds could have been a source of meat, feathers for decoration, bones used for tools, and eggshell (because it is big and oval and can be decorative).

4 Jul 2019
Mitanni

German and Kurdish archaeologists have uncovered a Bronze Age palace complex within the ruins of a mud brick city that once thrived on the banks of the river Tigris in what is now Kurdistan (on the Iraq side). It dates back to the time of the empire of Mitanni, a little known kingdom that thrived for several hundred years in the LB age. It is normally dated to the 15th and 14th centuries BC and controlled a large part of northern Mesopotamia. The ruling class were Indic aryan speakers it is thought, with an origin on the steppes. It was the contemporary of dynasty 18 Egypt.

10 Jul 2019
The day the sea invaded the Sahara

At https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-saharan-seaway-earth-climate.html ... in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History (summer of 2019) we have a paper based on an accumulation of 20 years of research in what is now the Sahara desert. It is set between 100 and 50 million years ago = the Late Cretaceous and the early Paleogene (on the geological ladder). It concerns what is described as a sea way and the blame is placed squarely on rising sea levels.

14 Jul 2019
Maltese Temples

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/07/island-cores-unravel... ... the temple culture on Malta began nearly 6000 years ago (roughly 4000BC). This includes the famous Ggantija temple complex - which endured down to 2350BC. Professor Caroline Malone of Queens University in Belfast wanted to understand how the island ecology was able to sustain so many people over a long period of time - and why in the end it failed. Scientists drilled earth cores from 8 to 30m in depth, dating the sediments extracted by C14 methodology.

14 Jul 2019
Hayabasa2 Probe

At https://phys.org/news/2019-07-japan-hayabasa2-probe-touchdown-asteroid.html .... and https://phys.org/news/2019-07-japan-asteroid-probe-hayabasa2-touchdown.html ... the Japanese Hayabasa 2 space probe made a 'perfect' touchdown on asteroid Ryugu and has collected samples from beneath the surface for laboratory analysis. An incredible technological feat but we shall have to wait for the results of the analyses.