The Roundup #13

The Rugby World Cup 2015 started on Friday and, apart from rather predictable wins by England and New Zealand, and an unfortunately predictable loss by Canada, the rugby world rose to its feet as Japan beat the historically dominant South African Springboks in the dying seconds of their match. Pretty incredible. The tournament is on!

In the meantime, I suppose I can post a few things about the archaeological and academic work being done around the world. Nothing so endearing as the British Museum posting items from the country of each team as they play, but still fun. So here we go!


The remains of a Medieval knight who liked to joust have been found in Hereford. Hard not to think of Paul Bettany as Chaucer in moments like this.

The power of stories remains ever intoxicating as evidence that Australian aboriginal groups’ stories describe how the landscape changed 7,000 years ago is published.

The remains of a Roman village have been discovered in Frankfurt, following research done to analyze the military fort there that was dismantled when the army was redeployed to the Rhine frontier.

A little girl – or, at least, one of her finger bones – is teaching us about the Denisovians and the extent of their existence as a distinct group.

Poland’s oldest known stone wall has been discovered in the country’s Carpathian region.

Some delightfully enigmatic pyramid structures are being excavated in the Sudan.


From ITV:

If this turns out to be a valid find, the songbook of Anne Boleyn is a remarkable window into the world of one of the most famous queens in English history.


From the Smithsonian:

A meal I would love to attend, historians have recreated feasts of the Hittites from 4,000 years ago to better understand the nuances of their culture.


From Biblical Archaeology:

A feature piece on the oldest known evidence of the House of David in Israel.

Another feature on the Edomite stronghold of Sela. I love the word ‘stronghold’.

And a final piece on the expulsion of the Hyksos.