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31 Jul 2015
stable sea level

A small piece in the news section of Current World Archaeology 72 (Aug, 2015) (see www.world-archaeology.com) caught my eye - as these things do. Some 13,000 year old footprints of a man, woman and a child were found on the shoreline of an island off the coast of British Columbia - dating back 13,000 year ago (which is very nearly the Younger Dryas boundary), alongside a hearth and two cobble tools. They were made by people walking over grey clay which was then infilled by black sand and that preserved the footprints (we are told).

31 Jul 2015
David Reich

David Reich, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, pops up again in an article in Current World Archaeology 72 (Aug, 2015) (see www.world-archaeology.com). He is involved in archaeo-genetics and the application of that is called 'next generation sequencing' of DNA. He is able to extract virtually complete genome sequences of nuclear DNA from bone that has small amounts of DNA preserved. The nuclear genome is the most interesting and informative part of the human genetic story as it dwarfs mitochondrial DNA in terms of size.

31 Jul 2015
Diffusion

The idea of great migrations and new influences on cultures went out of fashion in the 1960s to 1990s - as a result of Marxist influence on archaeology (and almost all the academic disciplines). The idea that outsiders were solely responsible for new innovations had probably been taken too literally and stetched too far in the inter-war years - and the consensus did require a dose of reality.

29 Jul 2015
YDB update

At http://phys.org/print357231085.html ... new research by US geologist James Kennett (and an international team) have an article in PNAS (July 27th 2015). They have used Bayesian methodology, described as statistical analysis, of 354 C14 dates from 30 different sites around the world in order to narrow down the date of the Younger Dryas Boundary event. They coincide with a date at 12,800 years ago. This range overlaps with that of a platinum peak recorded in the Greenland ice sheet (ice cores).

27 Jul 2015
Climategate

As we approach the Paris climate change summit it is worth going back to the Copenhagen summit of a few years ago. This was a laugh a minute charade as somebody upstairs down loaded lots of the white global warming stuff on Copenhagen during the summit. Then the US team were caught in a blizzard over Washington on the way back. What lies in store for them this year?

26 Jul 2015
Conversation in a huff

The Conversation, a US politic rag that is a bit self righteous and 'right on' has apparently had a hissy fit. At http://phys.org/print356942688.html ... we learn that one of its correspondents is not happy and is in denial that a sun spot minimum may cause lower global temperatures. He also claims that as we have so much more co2 in the atmosphere than we had back in the 17th century it is false reasoning to think a new Maunder Minimum necessarily means a return to a Mini Ice Age scenario.

26 Jul 2015
Curiosity, Zooniverse, Terrains

Mars Curiosity Rover vehicle has found bedrock with high levels of silica - see http://phys.org/print356943672.html ... mudstone and sandstone has allso been discovered.

Three bright spots on Ceres are still puzzling scientists - see http://phys.org/print356943700.html ... but a now a haze appears to have them stumped (for a while). Are the white spots ice or salt - or something else. Last year ESA scientists spotted water vapour emanating from the surface of Ceres - is thee a conncetion with the haze (or mist) and the white spots.

26 Jul 2015
Amazonia

New Scientist has published new information on the human imprint discovered along the Amazon river and its tributaries

26 Jul 2015
Amazonia (2)

  David Reich, Harvard Medical School professor of genetics, is the author of a study that show a link between Amazon people and Australasia. The study, in Nature (July 23rd, 2015) says that according to Reich the findings were surprising as there is a strong working model in archaeology and genetics that Native Americans were derived from a single pulse of expansion south of the ice sheets.

26 Jul 2015
farming in Galilee

At http://phys.org/print356795958.html ... the consensus view is that farming began in the Fertile Crescent around 12,000 years ago (at the beginning of the Holocene). However, Stephen Mithen, in his opus, 'After the Ice' (Phoenix, 2003) did suggest agriculture was being practised before the start of the Younger Dryas 13,000 years ago (but suffered a temporary relapse) and took off afterwards. The relapse may have been due to a decline in population associated with the Younger Dryas event which altered climate around the world for a thousand years.