Archaeology Weekly Roundup 11-9-12

masada israelIsraeli paleographer Ada Yardeni has recently identified 50 Dead Sea scrolls found near Qumran in Israel as having been penned by the same scribe, a scribe who also penned scrolls that have been found at the Herodian mountain-top fortress of Masada, where Jewish rebel zealots made their last suicidal stand against the Romans in 73 A.D.

New techniques reveal that the settlement of Polynesia first occurred within a 16 year window nearly 3000 years ago. The research, published November 7 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by David Burley and colleagues from Simon Fraser University, Canada, dates coral tools and reveals that the first human settlers lived in a founder colony on the islands of Tonga between 2830 to 2846 years ago. Continue reading