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22 May 2014
Neolithic Art in the desert west of the Nile

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/discovering-artists... ... dating back between 7000 and 6000 years ago, during the Mid Holocene Warm Period, even earlier than the Pre-dynastic era, is a bit of rock art that is now under active research. In this instance, from the walls of a cave situated at Wadi el Obeiyid near the Farafra Oasis. They include drawings of a bovid (thought to be an oryx) and a giraffe - and most importantly, depictions of two boats - engraved on a white chalk surface.

22 May 2014
Pointing out what is wrong with a theory can get you into trouble

No. I'm not talking about climate change or global weirding - or even the elusive global warming. At http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/carbon-14-cookbook/ ... Tim Cullen is digging holes in C14 methodology and in this post looks at the shoddy treatment history has dished out to Eric Anderson, who worked with Willard Libby, a mainstream big gun and consensus hero of the faithful, and yet Wikipedia describes him as a student when in fact he was a physical chemist (the same as Libby).

22 May 2014
Skeleton Lake

Gary forwarded this link at http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/05/the-mysterious-skeleton-lake-of-th... ... which concerns a glacial lake in Uttarakhand State in northern India, high in the Himalayas. It is situated in a remote region of glaciers, rocky chasms and snow covered mountains, at an altitude of 16,500 feet. It is a smal lake - just 2m deep. It is frozen over most of the year and just a month or so, during the summer, there is a  thaw and one can peer into the water. It is full of skeletons.

21 May 2014
1177BC - the year civilisation collapsed

This is the catastrophe Velikovsky chose to identify as a Persian invasion of Egypt many hundreds of years later. Gaston Maspero, in the 1860s, came up with the idea of a hoard of Sea Peoples invading the Aegean, Anatolia, and the Levant, and marching on Egypt they were beaten back first by Merenptah and then by Ramses III. Ever since then the Sea Peoples have been the favoured agency by the majority of historians, being responsible for a large number of site destructions across the region outlined above.

20 May 2014
Disappearing the AMO

Michael Mann came to prominence in the climate science world with his notorious hockey stick graph that did away with the medieval warm period and the little ice age - and it had an incredibly upturned blade leading up to 1998. At that time most of Joe Public were dupes and swallowed this exercise in data manipulation hook line and sinker - and it was used by the IPCC to browbeat the lowbrow politicos. However, some people were older and well read in more sober accounts of past climate - such as those of HH Lamb, and did not swallow the tale.

20 May 2014
IPCC Wikia

The sceptic IPCC Wikia web site is getting better by the day - go to http://ipcc.wikia.com/wiki/IPCC_Wiki

20 May 2014
Galaxy formation

A web site that might fire up some people - go to www.illustris-project.org

19 May 2014
Dating a cave system in the Yucatan

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-05/ps-dad_1051214.php ... this short piece discloses how a skeleton found in a cave, now 130 feet below sea level, was dated to the Late Pleistocene period. The sea level rise curve was used in order to get back to the desired period, a curve that is based on an assumption sea level rise was a constant process over many thousands of years (following the end of the Ice Age and the melting of a huge ice sheet).

19 May 2014
The shrinking of the red spot on Jupiter

This has been going on for some time but exactly why the shrinkage should become of concern to mainstream media at this point is possibly due to some PR over publication on the subject - go to http://phys.org/print319380202.html (among other news sources). Lots of chatter about the red spot and speculation on what might be happening - but no sign of it giving birth to anything of note (even a cosmic object). The red spot has declined from 41,000km in size to 16,000km over the last 40 years - and that is shrinkage on a big scale.

19 May 2014
alcohol and drug usage in the ancient world

This topic is back in the news - go to www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140512155025.htm .... but it doesn't really tell us anything that wasn't known before. Drugs and alcohol appear to have had a non-recreational role associated with funerary rites - and activities that come under the umbrella term, ritual.