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Ancient Civilisations

An article at ... the Silurian hypothesis has been aired this month - considering how geology erodes over millions of years would it be possible to detect an industrial civilisation in the geological record - which is an interesting point. However, if catastrophism was at play surely some hint of an industrial complex would have been preserved along with fossils etc.

Finnish Pine Dendro

At .... University of Helsinki seem to be catching up with Mike Baillie and David Keys on the severity of the weather around 536, and 541-5AD. Like both Keys and Baillie they point towards a sudden dip in global temperatures which they attribute to volcanic activity somewhere on the globe. In other words, the downturn, they6 claim, was due to an extended period of reduced sun light. Food production was hit (arable farms as well as animal husbandry) which rely on solar energy.

Hallstatt Plateau

In the February issue of Current Archaeology we have another interesting post at 'Science Notes' (page 12) on C14 dating methodology - and how it has improved considerably over the years. This is a point studiously ignored by most revisionists but of course everything is not necessarily as rosy as mainstream would allow. The dating of bones is one field where greater success has been achieved - and part 2 of this will tell us a lot more (in the next issue of Current Archaeology).

Egyptian solar eclipse

' David wrote - 'I couldn't believe my ears! On BBC radio 4 this morning (October 30th), just before the 9am news, I heard mention of 1207BC, the Sun Standing Still, and David Rohl ....' ..

Humans in America

At ... analysis of skeletons from a cave in the Yucatan peninsular of Mexico has proven settlement of humans in the Americas goes back into the Late Pleistocene period - or prior to the Younger Dryas event. Mexico is 4000 miles away from the Bering land bridge (but see also ). The cave is now under the sea as a result of sea level changes in the early Holocene period.

Henry Zemel

At ... Henry Zemel is president of the CAENO Foundation (see ) which supports historical and experimental research on the chronology of early civilisations. He has organised several conferences including 'The Origin of Writing Systems' at Peking University, 'Calendars and Years' at Notre Dame University in Indiana, and 'What's old is new again' at EKM, Karlsruhe in Germany.

Intcal 13

Go to ... which takes you to Radiocarbon journal volume 55 Number 4, and scroll down to page 1869-1887 and the article, "Intcal 13 and Marine 13 radiocarbon age calibration curves 0-50,000 years calendar BP" - by Paula Reimer et al.  This outlines why Intcal was upgraded in 2013.

Jesus of Edessa

In The Times we have a small piece on an ancient coin that depicts Jesus as a warrior king - or that is what we are told. This is entirely different to the meek and humble Jesus of the Bible - so what is the thinking behind this? British historian Ralph Ellis has written a book and the piece is a plug (I suppose) - 'Jesus, King of Edessa' (published in April 2017). Ellis claims Jesus was Izas Manu who lived 30 years after the death of Jesus (via current chronology).

C14 Calibration

At ... without taking on board the Heinsohn AD revision, or indeed, his BC revision, it is interesting to note that it isn't just SIS authors who are sceptical of C14 calibration. I don't personally understand the reason why calibration has been re-calibrated recently (back in 2013) as it must cause a lot of confusion when dating archaeological material. For example, the 2300BC scenario is now dated to around 2500BC, opening up a massive gap in archaeology.

Judith Curry

Climate scientist Judith Curry has produced a new study that has been published at and basically she says that computer predictions of climate claims are flawed - fundamentally. Most people have intuitively understood this - without a climate scientist telling them. Now it is explained in easy language by a scientist well versed in how the climate works, the author and co-author of many papers on climate, and a university lecturer on the subject to boot.