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2 Sep 2014
parch marks in the grass

Sophisticated technology fails - human acumen wins out. Perhaps the technology is not sophisticated enough - and with geophysics that is probably a fact. These machines cost big money and all archaeological departments have them - and most amateur archaeology groups do too. The point to consider - is too much reliance and faith put in their results. At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-28967538 ... an English Heritage worker spotted parch marks in the grass at Stonehenge.

2 Sep 2014
another brick out of the wall

At www.sfgate.com/news/article/Study-claims-cave-art-made-by-neanderthals ,,,

31 Aug 2014
First Kansas

At http://phys.org/print328513988.html ... artifacts from a very early period of human activity have been found - Clovis and Pre-Clovis. The deciding factor will in the dating of sediment samples associated with the remains. It is yet to be confirmed they are more than 13,500 years old. This is before the Younger Dryas and deep within the warm period immediately following the end of the Ice Age - which occurred contemporary with the Oldest Dryas Event.

31 Aug 2014
Ani

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ani-ruins-reveal-hi... ... we have some nice pictures of Ani, an ancient 5000 year old Armenian settlement. At a recent symposium historian Sezai Yazici said a lot of underground features had been found such as secret water channels, monk's cells, meditation rooms, corridors, tunnels with traps and corners designed to thwart intruders, and various other underground structures more difficult to tie down.

31 Aug 2014
Eskimos

At http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/2014/08/strange-history-north-ame... ... it seems archaeologists are trying to make sense of various Arctic migration patterns across the top of N America. We are told, a culture known as Palaeo-Eskimo, lived in the region between 5000 years ago and 700 years ago. These appear to be the people catalogued by Moe Mandelkehr in one of his SIS articles, bringing our attention to geographically long migrations in the wake of his 2300BC event.

30 Aug 2014
Jenny and the Bourke

Jennifer Marohasy appears to be on full song and has informed her email subscribers of more stations in distress status, in Australia. These have had their early hand written temperatures altered by the homogenisation process, a computer algorithm that kicks in each month. At Bourke, in January of 1909, the highest temperature in Australia was recorded (remembering that the Australian state is very recent), at 51.7 degrees celsius. However, historical records are being changed by the homogenisation process, and not only that, lots of the old temperature data has simply been ditched.

30 Aug 2014
Bristlecone pines and Time

At http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/dendrochronology-the-mad-carbo... .. Tim Cullen gives an opinion on the process involved where the C14 model was wedded to the bristlecone pine dendrochronology, an odd sort of marraige of convenience in that C14 was rocking after revelations that dates produced by the methodology not as reliable as claimed - and did not meet the requirements of the orthodox Egyptology. It is now well known that there have been a series of plateaus in C14 that mess up the reliability of the methodology at those points in time.

30 Aug 2014
Space Dust

At http://phys.org/print328538416.html ... the space dust in question was collected by NASAs Stardust mission in 2006, microscopic particles captured from the vicinity of a comet. Some of the conclusions are interesting - if only to show they way the minds of the researchers are taking them. Three of the particles seemed to contain sulphur compounds and some astronomers believe they should not occur in interstellar space - but apparently they do. It is hoped the dust will confirm consensus views on the origin of the solar system and possibly on the origin of life.

30 Aug 2014
New paper on the Younger Dryas

I was sure there had been a pre-publication version of this paper in the Journal of Geology but I can't find it now. Another paper on the Younger Dryas event just emphasizes the insistence of the YDB team in keeping their theory afloat - in spite of a series of critical papers that have attempted to debunk the claims.

29 Aug 2014
Supernova and the Bubble round the Earth

At http://phys.org/print328339018.html ... it did occur to me this might be a spoof - but assuming it is genuine, we are told that 10 million years ago a cluster of supernovae went off like popcorn popping in a saucepan. The explosion blew an enormous bubble into interstellar space - and we are inside that bubble. It seems the bubble was discovered early in the 1980s by optical and radio astronomers on the lookout for interstellar gas. According to NASA, astronomers at the time were also in the process of discovering an x-ray glow coming from all directions.