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Jaffa and the Alps

26 September 2013

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/09012013/article/ancient-egyptian-f… … a few arrowheads and a single spearpoint. Other artifacts were also found but the interesting thing is that this might have been an Amarna Age destruction level – and some kind of conflict is being suggested, as always. The discovery of an Egyptian gateway excited the archaeologists, and various finds such as charred seeds, ceramic vessels, a lead weight, and decorative ivory inlays. Timbers from the roof had also fallen down and were buried which will produce tree rings for analysis

At www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2013/research/alps-archaeology/ and at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130925112400.htm … we have human activity on the high slopes of the French Alps, over 8000 years. This began in the Mid Holocene Warm Period, so that is not too surprising. The treeline in the Alps was much higher between 6000 and 4000BC. In addition, a series of stone animal enclosures and human dwellings at high altitude were dated to the Bronze Age – much nearer our time, and climate. The paper, published in Quaternary International, was led by Kevin Walsh of the University of York (in association with French archaeologists). See the Walsh blog on the Alps at http://ecrins2010.blogspot.co.uk and various images of the Alps can be seen at www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2013/research/alps-archaeology/gallery/ and the article is accessible at www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618213006824

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