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David Rohl Interview

6 May 2023
Ancient history

Robert sent in the link to https://ukcolumn.org/video/david-rohl-challenging-the-established-view-of-ancient-history …. the video is an interview of David Rohl, author of several books and films on ancient history. He dubbed his scheme the ‘New Chronology‘ and it was quite popular at SIS for a number of years. Don’t hear much about it lately but I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that might be interested. There is also a Yahoo site dedicated to David Rohl’s chronology. Greater detail of his reconstruction of ancient history can be found in his books. Simply key in David Rohl at Amazon, or any other book selling web site.

Meanwhile, at https://phys.org/news/2023-05-reveals-longstanding-cultural-oldest-occupied.html … which perhaps requires a better look at their argument by going to https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-023-02046-4 … Evidence from West Africa indicates technological continuity over 140,000 years. It claims this offers insight into the ecological stability of the region. The stone tool asssemblage dating from 150,000 years ago shares classic features of the Middle Stone Age. The site is located close to the modern coastline, south of Dakar, in Senegal. Mangrove and brackish wetland plant microfossils were found associated with the human occupation remains. It shows a long term durability of the Middle Stone Age tradition  without evidence of Late Stone Age innovation, or what they call specialised technological developments known from elsewhere. The culture appears then to have remained static over 140,000 years, as a result of cultural isolation, it is suggested. On the other hand the findings come from a sedimentary layer that is thought to have accumulated over 150,000 years. What if that sediment layer was laid down quickly ?

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