Ancient history news

The Wetting and the Drying out of the Sahara

Prior to 3000BC the Sahara was a verdant landscape, a rich grassland with a typical African fauna - see ... and went back through the early Holocene to the end of the Younger Dryas event.

Dynasty 17

The Djehuty Project (Spanish) has said it has discovered, near Luxor, four burials from dynasty 17 - see

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Akhenaton (Egypt) and Muwatalis (Hittite), not too distant from each other, appear to have inaugurated religious reforms - why? See


A note for all revisionists, from Emmet to Eric and anyone else researching chronology, and the role of Babylon - just 2 per cent of the city has been excavated. Is that enough for deep revisionists to claim there is no evidence of a Persian presence? Two per cent is a very small section of the city and that is probably the palace of Nebuchadnezzar and not a lot else - go to

Cruelty and Barbarians

The Smithsonian has a fascinating article about Viking ritual killing - did it happen, as some historians obviously wallow in the gore, or did it not, an increasing tendency of academia is to deny Viking atrocities - see ... basically, Ivarr is supposed to have took awful revenge on Aella, king of Northumberland, as a result of him being responsible for the killing of his father. I will spare the gory details but what was regarded as fact is very often, nowadays, subject to revision.

Subterranean Humanity

At .... some intersting images of underground settlements in different parts of the world. Derinkuyu in Turkey, for example, discovered in the 1960s when a house collapsed above into one of the passageways. It is basically an 18 storey underground town and was built, it is thought, in the 8th century BC, or thereabouts. Was it in response to the end of Bronze Age destructions?

Indus ... Part 2

At ... the lost river Saraswati is the the main theme and begins by saying climate change and geotectonic movements (earth movements) led to migration and abandonment of settlements. Some of the drainage systems have been lost as a result of being buried beneath silt (changing river courses) and this appears to be the position with the Saraswati. There is also evidence of flooding at the end of the Ice Age, it seems, which in the artticle is attributable to melting Himalayan glaciers - but could equally be due to other reasons.

David Rohl Blog

Yes, David Rohl has a blog. I didn't realise that and I expect not a lot of SIS people knew that either. In one blog post he re-publishes an early SIS Workshop article he wrote and describes how he and Peter James, the other half of the New Chronology twinsome, decided to shift their tune from the Velikovsky hymn sheet. It seems Geoffrey Gammon was also involved in this cataclysmic drift apart from Ages in Chaos and the Glasgow Conference chronology.

Polynesian migrations

Due to conflicting results from C14 methodology scientists have used coral tools as a dating medium in order to find when exactly the Lapita culture people left New Guinea and sailed out into the South Pacific. They came up with a date of 2838 years ago, with very low error bars. This was the age of Elijah and Elisha so what caused them migrate at that point in time - out into the ocean wide. What heavenly portent inspired them - as heavely portents played a surprising role in Polynesian tradition and myth.

Late Bronze Age Jaffa

At ... it seems the archaeology does not fit the monuments and the history. This is a fairly long read and concerns the ancient port of Jaffa which had an Egyptian fortress during the New Kingdom period. The problem is that it was attacked and burnt down on a number of occasions. After the expulsion of the Hyksos from the delta region the pharaohs of dynasty 18 conducted regular military campaigns against communities in Canaan.

Ramesses III

Current Archaeology 276 (March 2013) in its World News section, reports on the discovery that Ramesses III was murdered by cutting his throat, thereby solving an historical mystery. We know there was an assassination attempt and the perpetrators were placed on trial. What historians did not actually know was if the assassination was successful. It seems it was.