Archaeology news

European Scots

Lateral thinking at the Scotsman media outlet - or is that vertical thinking [see ]. This is a new look at the onset of the Neolithic in Scotland as a result of some Scottish genetic research. Farmers arrived in Scotland, roughly around 4000BC [but it could have been a bit earlier]. They appear to have replaced or absorbed the former inhabitants, a hunter gatherer society - as is known to have occurred elsewhere across Britain and Ireland.

Imhotep's Tomb

Links sent in by Gary who has some interesting ideas on Egyptian iconography and history. As far as I can tell this story is only at the Express which is not the most reliable of sources if their scare stories on weather is anything to go by. However, Gary drags in Baldrick, or rather Tony Robinson who has began a new series on Egyptian tombs on Channel 5. Details on this are available at ... which partly compliments Gary's link to the programme at ...

Upper East Asia Genome

Genetic research is spreading far and wide across the world, so much so it has now reached some very remote places - see ... Actually, there is a reason why remote regions are attractive geneticists and this is that they have experienced less hybridisation with other regions and their peoples. This piece of research is really about northern Siberia as far east as Kamchatka.

Scythian Faces

At ... a tomb in Tuva  with the burial of a Scythian king and his favourite concubine is extremely well preserved and the faces of the two have now been reconstructed from what is left of their skulls. The tomb goes back some 2600 years to about the time Scythian overspilled into Mesopotamia, as recorded by the Assyrians. A remnant are said to still be living in Georgia.

Siberian technologies

At ... prehistoric Siberians developed a technique for turning woolly mammoth ivory into a playdough like material that was easily worked. Going back 12,000 years ago, ivory was fashioned into softened ivory and preserved in long bars. Ther idea was to use the raw material to carve figurines. The site, near the Yenisey river in Krasnaysk. One might disagree with the focus of this article but the ivory in question was genuine.

Ancient Waves

At ... evidence of a massive ancient tsunami wave that struck near Tel Dor on the Levantine coast around 9000 years ago. This is not that distant from the Storegga Shelf collapse in the North Sea, usually dated around 8000 years ago. Was something odd going on around the world?

Secrets in the Sands

Hidden in the  sands of Arabia are archaeological surprises. See ... and these include ancient stone carvings and evidence of a land that once was greener, wetter, and occupied extensively by humans. Salma Hawsawi, a professor of ancient history at the King Saud University, says the peninsular lay at a crossroads of human comings and goings. In the first millennium BC the southern region prospered, one kingdom after another. These included the famous Shebam Qataban, Himyar, Awan and Hadramaut etc.

Those Romans

Sent in by Gary - 4 links. Two of them are below. At ... archaeologists have dug up the remains of an Iron Age village, or stronghold, in Essex. They think it was destroyed by the Roman army in retribution for the revolt of Boudicca in 61AD. Like so many Iron Age settlements it was located on a ridge overlooking a valley, and a river. The round houses were big and the enclosure ditch was on a par with Iron Age earthworks elsewhere, from Buckinghamshire to Hertfordshire, and Essex.

Land of Punt

The whereabouts of Punt have long exercised the minds of revisionists ever since Velikovsky proposed that it referred to the Holy Land = the southern Levant. SIS has over the last 40 years or so published numerous articles on the subject and these have swung to and fro with the later views coming to rest pretty firmly in the orthodox court = Punt was somewhere in NE Africa, reached by way of the Red Sea. In spite of that there are still the occasional letters and missives in support of Velikovsky, and there is no reason why that should not continue.

Genghis didn't do it apparently

Gary sent in the link ... climate change was responsible for the collapse of farming cultures in central Asia in the 12th and 13th centuries AD, rather than the real culprit, Genghis Khan. This is the new science it would seem. The Medieval Warm Period toppled long established agricultural communities around the Aral Sea basin and the delta of the Amu Darya etc. This is a projection back into history if the headlines in the Daily Mail are to be believed.