Ancient history news

Ptolemy III

Aty ... around 245BC Ptolemy III of Egypt had the Seleucid empire on the run but for some unknown reason decided to turn around and head back to Egypt. Actually, we do know why - civil unrest had broken out in the Nile Valley. What we do not know is why? One reason might be volcanoes, it is conjectured - leading to a significant drop in global temperatures. An article in Nature Communications (Oct 2017) links the eruptions to the end of Ptolemy's war - and with a series of violent uprisings that racked Egypt.


At ... (July 2017) as reported by Ariel David. It is claimed that recent research may indicate the enigmatic Philistines may have been a native Near Eastern population group rather than invading Aegean pirates (as mainstream would have us believe). As such, they can hardly be blamed for the LB destructions in the Levant, Anatolia, and the Aegean etc. The Philistines are traditionally bound up as one of the so called sea peoples.

Year 14 Tiglath Pileser

We don't usually have much to post on ancient history but Eric sent in an email to say the Velikovsky Discussion Group has posted a claim that Assyrian history, based around year 14 of Tiglath Pileser III, has been aligned with the discredited chronology of Floyd Nolan Jones and Ussher. Their system uses periods of inter regna with no known kings (blank years in other words) to reach their specific aim of compatability with Biblical chronology of the Monarchy.

Iron Throne

At ... is there an iron throne in the newly discovered chamber of Cheops pyramid? This refers to the discovery by Japanese researchers of a large void at least 30m in length within the pyramid. Speculation is mounting that an iron throne may exist in the newly discovered chamber - or roof space. A throne of Cheops mother, Hetepheres, has been found - made of cedar wood covered in sheets of gold and faience.

Phantom Time Hypothesis

This is described at ... the Phantom Time Hypothesis was first published by Heribert Illig in 1991. It proposes a conspiracy by the Holy Roman emperor Otto III, Pope Sylvester II, and possibly the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII, in order to fabricate the anno domini dating system retrospectively, so that it placed them in the year 1000AD. It was, in effect, a re-write of history. Why? Did Otto want to be around at the turn of the millennium because he thought this was when Christ was going to return? May be.

Sacred Kings

Gary also sent in this link to an article in Aeon - go to ... which he thought might be a throwback to his God King scenario. The idea of sacred kings is very old - but s till in practise according to Alan Strathern, in Thailand for example. It's an interesting read and sums up the concept of the Divinity of the King (and Queen) as intermediaries between the human world and the world of the gods (in the heavens). Sacred kings therefore have god like attributes - and god like authority.

Babylonian Maths

William sent this one in. It is also in various other places such as ... and ... where we learn a clay tablet that has lain undecyphered for many years has now been solved by a team from New South Wales University in Australia.

Henry Zemel

Henry Zemel established the Caeno Institute a number of years ago in order to research certain topics such as ancient history and calendars. Go to

Solomon and Shishak

'Solomon and Shishak: Current perspectives for archaeology, epigraphy, history and chronology' the Proceedings of the Third BICANE* Colloquium held at Sidney Sussex college in Cambridge (26-27th March, 2011). BAR International Series 2732 (2015) (BAR is British Archaeological Reports of Oxford). Published originally by Archaeopress in conjunction with BAR (see The Preface is by Peter James and Peter Van Der Veen. They begin by looking at the current state of play.


World Current Archaeology 83 (June 2017) has an article on Tartessos, the city recorded by Herodotus, just beyond the Pillars of Herakles. It flourished in the first millennium BC, at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River in SE Spain. It was at its peak 2500 years ago, trading extensively with the Phoenicians. However, its origins go back to the 9th century BC - which I suppose relies on mainstream dating chronology.