Ancient history news


Stephen Oppenheimer has written at least three very controversial books - and they all involve genetics (and his version of genetic interpretation). In this instance we are having a look at his theory regarding the peopling of Britain and Ireland, and the idea of an Ice Age refuge area in Iberia and SW France (and the possibility that Basques may represent a survival of those people).


Not really ancient history - just a few centuries ago. At ... we have a post on the Reformation of the English Church, a fascinating subject (for some) but of no interest to others. It seems there is a Great Bible of Thomas Cromwell, a fore runner of the King James version (which was for mass consumption). It has been in the library of Lambeth Palace, just across the river from Westminster Abbey, and has some secrets - annotations that interest scholars.


Long article on Jerusalem at ... lots of effort went into this and lots of pictures to go with the text. Enough there to get anybody thinking. Do we really know where the city of David was located?

Tell es-Safi

At ... excavations at Tell es-Safi, the site of Biblical Gath, one of the famed 5 cites of the Philistines, have reached Iron Age levels and they have uncovered a horned altar similar to those described in Exodus 27:1 and I Kings 1:50 etc. It is three and half feet high and one and a half feet around each side - and is made of stone.

Thutmose III

At ....     Late Bronze age Egyptian seals are still to be picked up from the ground it would seem - a bit like Roman coins in Europe. A hiker on a trip to Karnei Hittin noticed a white object on the ground, obvious to his eye as the ground rock was black basalt.

Noah and McHugh

This is one of those stories that seemed to die a death. At ... we have a post on John McHugh and his idea the constellations tell a religio-mythic tale that he had hoped would be taken seriously and properly investigated. It never was. His theory involved Noah's Flood - and even mentioning those two words will make some people apoplectic, let alone take you seriously. His dissertation caused a lot of animosity and a soiled debate that was not at all helpful in trying to decide if he was on to something or it was all piffle.

big water

At ... sure to interest Velikovskians, even the Saturnists.

See also ... where David Talbot will be speaking on 'Rituals of Remembering and Forgetting' and Jno Cook on 'The End of Catastrophism'

Tim Cullen has worked out one way of coming to terms with the longevity of some of the Biblical characters, especially the pre-Noah list of names. It involves changes in the axis of rotation.

John Davis

Interesting post at the New Chronology Yahoo Group by John Davis - talking about a TV programme featuring David Rohl.

Irish origins

A study published in PNAS in December of 2015 documents the genome of 4 Irish people - a Neolithic woman (dated 3343-3020BC) from a tomb at Ballynahatty (not far from Belfast) and 3 men of the Bronze Age (dated 2020-1574BC) from a cist burial on Rathlin Island. The DNA of the woman resembled mostly early farming communities from the eastern Mediterranean, the Levant and Anatolia. In contrast, the men, dating a 1000 years later, had a completely different origin - as they had the most common Irish Y chromosome type with blue eye alleles etc.

star bethlehem

A surprising number of article have been written on the Star of Bethlehem that suggest a comet as a possible candidate - see for example the list at ... and