Dating news

Dating the YD Event

At http://scienceblogs.com/highlyallochthonous/2007/10/out-of-the-ice-age-into-the-as.php April 23rd ... 'Out of the Ice Age, into the Asteroid shower' is a post by Chris Rowan which begins, '21,000 years ago, at the peak of the last glacial, ice sheets covered most of western Europe and North America (a bit of an exaggeration but never mind), and by 10,000 years ago a warming climate had melted them away ...'.

Keenan versus Baillie

The Douglas Keenan story has resurfaced across the blogosphere but see http://climateaudit.org for probably the best treatment - and it's implications. The FOI commissioner has agreed tree ring data from Queens University in Belfast should be passed over to Keenan. Mike Baillie, in various mainstream media sources such as The GuardianNew Scientist and The Times, has come across as a very angry man.

New Zealand Kauri Trees

At www.physorg.com/print189177985.html New Zealand's Kauri trees can measure 4m wide at the trunk and live for up to 2000 years. Exeter University and Oxford University are taking part in the creation of what is hoped to be a 30,000 year old climate record on New Zealand - from Kauri trees preserved in bogs and wetland environments. Tree rings are also useful in extracting information about levels of atmospheric carbon. Some of the trees are thought to date back to the last interglacial phase - 130,000 years ago.

New Dating Method

www.eurekalert.org March 23rd ... a new method to determine the age of ancient relics has been announced by the American Chemical Society. It will revolutionise radiocarbon dating and raises the possibility for analysing extensive museum collections that have previously been off limits because of their rarity and the destructive nature of the current C14 dating methodology. Don't expect any radical redating of Egyptian NK artefacts however or those of the Mycenaean Greeks as this is just a new way of performing radio carbon testing.

The Sphinx and the Pyramids

The Smithsonian Magazine has an interesting article, Uncovering secrets of the Sphinx. It obviously will not satisfy more extreme revisions of history and is open to a good deal of criticism but here is how it goes. The Sphinx was created from a block of limestone after it's surrounding stone had been quarried away to build i) the Sphinx temple, ii) the  Pyramid of Khufre, and iii) the Valley Temple. Almost certainly they were built as one single project with a common aim - the Sphinx being an integral part of the pyramid complex.

Hebrew Script

Science Daily January 8th 2010 ... a researcher has decyphered a Hebrew inscription on a pottery sherd from the Elah Valley and dating to the time of David and Solomon, the 10th century BC. This makes it possible that some Biblical scripture was written down during the united Monarchy period which is many years before conventional research allows.