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19 Mar 2010
Boat Mummies

This subject comes up on a regular basis but research by Chinese archaeologists have clarified some issues - but introduced other ideas. The New York Times (see www.nytimes.com March 17th) which begins by describing the location of the dessicated corpses (rather than real mummies) in a desert to the north of Tibet, and tells us that Chinese archaeologists have excavated an extraordinary cemetery - first excavated by Scandinavians some 50 years or so ago and off-limits to westerners for most of the time since then.

19 Mar 2010
Oh to be a Sunbeam

www.thunderbolts.info March 10th ... 'The Sunbeam of Yore' explores features associated with  the axis mundi or world axis - a column of dazzling light visible in the sky. For example, Sumerian temples, such as that of Gudea of Lagash, 'made Ningursu's house come out like the Sun from the clouds' - a sunbeam, so that it 'rises like the Sun over the Land ... and illuminates the assembly like a delightful moonlight'.

19 Mar 2010
Frankenstein and the Comet of Yore

www.thunderbolts.info March 9th ... 'Frankenstein's Comet: Sparks of Life' ... this is unfortunately a very short piece on what is a very interesting aspect of the past. Basically, the author draws a comparison with the Frankenstein story, bringing a monster to life with the aid of high voltage electricity passed through a lifeless corpse - but basically possessing the feasibility of life.

19 Mar 2010
Hawaii

See www.northernearth.co.uk/inthawaii.htm for a rambling story, 'Petroglyphs of Hawaii' which does not actually describe them as such but goes into a preamble about stones and birthing and quite unrelated material. It is some 16 pages in all and as usual the last few pages are the most useful. John Billingsley, author of books and editor of Northern Earth magazine paid a visit to Hawaii and this article was written as a result. It is not absolute, in other words, and somewhat speculative.

19 Mar 2010
Caer Sidi

www.morien-institute.org/caersidi.html ... an interesting web site which initially involved a former member of SIS. Basically, Caer Sidi is first heard in the Welsh poem Hanes Taliesin (see Mike Baillie and Patrick McCafferty, The Celtic Gods) and controversy has stalked the poem as far as modern interpretation is concerned - especially in scholarly circles. Who was the author? When was it written down? and who was Taliesin?

17 Mar 2010
The Druid's Arms

www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/Finding-stones-near-Bristol-place-history/article ... Stanton Drew stone circle may be much older than previously thought due to the discovery of new evidence by amateur archaeologists from a local society, Bath and Camerton. It seems that long before the stone circle was erected around 2500BC there was a long barrow on the site - it's remains are now known as the Cove, three standing stones nestled at the back of the Druid's Arms pub car park.

17 Mar 2010
One Big Head

www.physorg.com/print187877156.html ... a replica of a Cro Magnon skull has provided evidence that the human brain has been shrinking. The skull comes from a skeleton found in a cave in the Dordogne and dates back 28,000 years ago. Scientists digitally scanned the interior of the empty skull which revealed the impression left by the brain on the neuro cranium - which then revealed the brain was 20 per cent larger than that of modern humans. 

17 Mar 2010
Geomythology

An interesting web site to view is at http://tsun.sscn.ru/hinsg/data.htm which has four maps of the world. On them are marked confirmed impact structures, some 180 of them on the continental surfaces and just 24 known from beneath the oceans. The maps also mark out evidence of historical tsunami events.  On the same web site, the Holocene Impact Working Group, are a number of interesting pages including a Timeline of Activities.

16 Mar 2010
Mammoth Mountain

www.sfgate.com March 8th ... 'Study sheds new light on Mammoth Mountain's age' is not about mammoths but a mountain that has a secondary role as a ski resort. Stanford University geologists say that the mountain itself is an old volcano, 11,000 feet at it's summit and came into being some 68,000 years ago. It formed very rapidly, the story continues, but a string of nearby volcanoes whose eroded domes can be seen as part of the mountain massif, formed less than 9000 years ago - in the Holocene.

16 Mar 2010
Black Hole Fireworks

Daily Galaxy March 15th (www.dailygalaxy.com ) ... 'The Milky Way Monster Black Hole Awakes' is the headline to the story. It apparently fired a monster flare some 300 years ago (yes, just 300 years ago). An X-ray image of the centre of the Milky Way is dominated by Sagittaurus A, a massive black hole or chaotic region where young stars are surrounded by a layer of superheated gas visible only by X-ray imaging.