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David and Goliath

3 September 2016

At www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/archaeological-evidence-of-the-ki… …. concerns an archaeological investigation of the Elah Valley under the wing of Yosef Garfinkel. In the Bible this was the location of the battle between David and Goliath.

At http://phys.org/print391874678.html … the ancient Egyptians used metal hooks to secure paddles to boats to prevent friction of wood on wood. The discovery was made by Japanese Egyptologist, Sakiyi Yoshimura.

At www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art561281-seven-si… … a large earthwork on top of the Seven Sisters cliffs in Sussex is at last about to be investigated by archaeologists in spite of being a scheduled monument for many years. This kind of official inertia is commonplace but it seems the threat of cliff falls have caused an about face, not just by archaeologists but by the National Trust which own the relevant land. Part of the earthwork seems to have already collapsed and is now in the sea at the bottom of the cliffs. This is the biggest earthwork enclosure in Sussex and archaeologists are worried it might disappear before they have explored when and by whom it may have been constructed. One problem here of course is that it is difficult to know how far the cliffs have receded over the last few thousand years. The area concerned is likely to be large as it is a continuing annual process. For instance, the modern town of Brighton sits well back from the original settlement of Brighton, lost to the sea several hundred years ago. The white cliffs of SE Britain are quite different to the white cliffs seen in Roman and pre-Roman times – huge areas of chalk have simply crumbled away. It's still white and it's still chalk but the contours may have changed. Was the earthwork enclosure on top of a hill overlooking the coast, or was it inland without a view of the sea when built. A bronze age date is being tossed around at the moment but as with other sites one can imagine multiple periods of occupation may be uncovered.

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