In The News

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23 Oct 2016
Early Humans

There was an excellent TV programme a few weeks ago featuring Alice Roberts and human history (the Denisovans, Neanderthals, and the arrival of modern humans etc). Whilst it seemed to glaringly omit earlier but related versions of humanity it did serve to update her earlier TV programme (and book) 'The Incredible Human Journey' - which kept strictly to the BBC propaganda line on 'Out of Africa' (for better or worse).

23 Oct 2016
Siberian Faces

   At ... it seems stone faces in Siberia underwent facial adjustments in the early Middle Ages as a result of new people moving into the area.

23 Oct 2016
Blooms, Manure, Tea Leaves.

At ...  a study of phytoplankton in the Oct 21st (2016) issue of Science claims that blooms of these small sea creatures and algae coincide with warming of the oceans. How does this affect the accumulation of chalk (blooms of coccoliths).

22 Oct 2016
Is it a map

At ... we have a stone age map (one of several in fact) going back to the Neolithic in Denmark ...

     ... scientists at the National Museum of Denmark are reasonably certain the image does not portray the sun or its rays but display the topographical details of the island of Bornholm as it was in the first half of the 3rd millennium BC.

22 Oct 2016
Reed Boat Voyages

At ... a reed boat, the Viracocha III, is being built by Aymara Indians in Bolivia. American explorer Phil Buck claims Thor Heyerdahl was his boyhood hero - and he aims to  take a leaf out of his book. Her wants to prove that ancient mariners were capable of long distance voyages across the world's oceans, specifically using reed boats. He thinks this will open up some of the current restrictions on human migration patterns in the past, mainly as a result of scholarly resistance rather than practical reality.

22 Oct 2016
China refutes BBC slant

At ... a BBC television programme came out with the claim Greek sculpture directly influenced the rendition of the terracotta army in the tomb of the First emperor a week of so ago (see ). The archaeologist has retorted by saying she has been quoted out of context - which is not surprising as the BBC have a habit of selectively editing material.

20 Oct 2016
What's in a name

Perusing the summer 2016 newsletter of the Prehistoric Society (see I came across the reason why and how the name of Doggerland was applied to the watery former habitat below the southern North Sea basin by archaeologists. It came about as the result of a paper by Bryony Coles on wetland environments in Europe in 1998. She applied the term from the Dogger Bank, the area that is most shallow in that basin and from which evidence of Mesolithic activity has been dredged.

19 Oct 2016

At .... Gary Gilligan has continued to update his web site and has now incorporated the solar wind into an interpretation of the god Khepri. If you are familiar with this web site you will understand how he interprets pharaonic history. In this case we learn the pectoral pendant was just 4 inches across and was worn on the chest. The blue scarab beetle has been adorned with falcon wings (to signify an object in the sky) and supports a red orb.

19 Oct 2016
Bones of Seth

At provided by Gary Gilligan. The ancient ruins of Holmul in Guatemala date back to the 7th and 8th centuries AD and are being investigated by archaeologists, intrigued by the dynasty of 'Snake Kings' and a temporary dominance until superseded by the city of Tikal dynasty. One of the bodies in a royal tomb is equipped with jade teeth.

19 Oct 2016
Mammoth Island

At ... the discovery of a mammoth tooth in a cave on St Paul's island, off the coast of Alaska (in the Bering Sea) was dated just 6500 years ago (that is 4500BC). Mammoths died out around the time of the Younger Dryas Boundary event but seem to have continued, albeit in a dwarf form, on Wrangel Island in the Siberian Arctic - and the tooth from St Paul's Island seems to indicate they survived on other bits and pieces of stranded land as Beringia was swamped by the rising seas.