We’re in the final stretch to my 100th #roundup! Let’s hear it for my attention span, and a rather manic insistence that I stick to a plan.
Lots of interesting news this week, some of which has to do with prehistoric sites, as well as my other love – the Ancient Mediterranean. In addition, while I’m nursing my first cold/flu of the year, I have a box of tissues that has the Standing Stones of Callanish on it. Enjoy!
Hand axes from a 500,000 year old site have been recovered in Israel.
The best preserved wooden game board from north of the Mediterranean ever found has been discovered in Slovakia.
A 2,500 year old stone fort in Ireland has been damaged by recent extreme weather.
Several Hellenistic tombs – including one with a false door – have been unearthed near Alexandria in Egypt.
Mouth harps have been discovered in the Altai Republic in Siberia, one of which even still carries a tune.
Also in Siberia, a kurgan that looks to be undisturbed may house the remains of a Scythian prince.
A broch (a kind of roundhouse, not a piece of jewellery) has been discovered near Inverness in Scotland.
Evidence pointing to the rediscovery of the monastery where the Book of the Deer was written has been identified in Scotland.
From the Smithsonian:
A feature on the Hoxne Hoard.
From the Guardian:
Real life continues to prove the film Prometheus wrong. In this latest example, possibly the oldest depiction of a supernova has been identified in Kashmir, showing our sun, the nova, and the constellations Taurus and Orion.