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30 Dec 2019
Monkeys in Aegean Art

At www.newscientist.com/article/2227146-ancient-monkey-painting-suggests-br... ... some see the Minoans as early forerunners of the Phoenicians but more importantly there was a three pronged trading by ship activity in the Bronze Age that linked the Egyptians with what later became Phoenicia, the eastern Mediterranean part of the Levant, and the Aegean world (centred around Crete and the Cyclades, and later, with mainland Greece). The Minoan world had plentiful links with the Egyptians - and trading entrepots such as Byblos, Ugarit, Tyre and Sidon etc.

30 Dec 2019
Earth's Rotational Quirks

At www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/11/20/earths-rotation-is-mysterious... ... back in 2017 we were told at Forbes that scientists think 2018 and 2019 might turn out to be years in which earthquakes were more frequent as earth's rotation has a habit of slowing down, and speeding up again. The expectation derives from a piece of research on earthquake frequency since 1900. It was found they peaked at roughly 32 year intervals. Subsequently, this was traced back to fluctuations in earth's rotation rate.

30 Dec 2019
Tomb of Khuwy

William sent in a link to the discovery of a stunning 4000 plus years old Egyptian tomb - see for example www.geek.com/news/newly-discovered-4000-year-old-egyptian-tomb-stuns-arc... ... the tomb is at Saqqara, a vast burial ground in Egypt to the south of Cairo. It was the resting place of Khuwy, a nobleman of dynasty 5. It is L shaped with a small corridor heading downwards into an ante chamber - and a larger chamber with painted scenes ...

29 Dec 2019
Birch Bark Tar

At https://phys.org/news/2019-12-archaeological-discoveries-reveal-birch-ba... .... which is derived from the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports (2019) see www.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.102118 .... for open acess full article. Scientists have identified the use of birch bark tar in early medieval Britain - a product known from prehistory (the Palaeolithic period). It is very sticky - and water resistant. It was used throughout Europe, from France and the UK to Scandinavia and various points eastwards. From the Mediterranean in the south to the Baltic in the north.

29 Dec 2019
Triassic Park

At https://phys.org/news/2019-12-brazil-pampas-triassic-flourished.html ... this concerns a top of the food chain dinosaur, the Gnathovorex. It was ten feet long and bigger than other dinosaurs at the time, back in the Triassic. They roamed about it what was then a Brazilian pampas environment.

29 Dec 2019
Fossil Shells

At https://phys.org/news/2019-12-fossil-shells-reveal-global-mercury.html ... concerns fossil oyster shells found in Alabama (along the Tombigbee River) among other diverse locations. They date back 66 to 72 million years ago - on the cusp of the K/T boundary event (but dated a few million years earlier). We are, it seems, back to that hoary old chestnut, a geochronological failure in managing end of Cretaceous sediments with the Chicxulub crater (and the thin line of iridium which is used as a marker point amid a sea of sedimentation layering).

27 Dec 2019
Lightning at Callanish

At https://phys.org/news/2017-06-secret-square-beneath-world-famous-avebury... ... back in the summer of 2017 we had a report on the discovery of a small square anomaly on geophys which was thought to be a megalithic construct with a tall standing stone within it - known for the last 80 years as the obelisk. The square feature was found within a stone circle at Avebury - but both square and stone circle were themselves within the bigger stone circle - and henge. Not a lot has been said about it of late, but no doubt some research is ongoing.

27 Dec 2019
Deep Earth Microbes

Robert sent in links to www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/10/18/Ancient-microbes-are-living-inside-E... ... and www.icr.org/article/11733/ .... and adds, in chaper 6 of his book, 'The Deep Hot Biosphere', Thomas Gold documents the drilling experiments carried out in the early 1980s at Siljan in Sweden. The oil sludge drawn from a depth of 6 km in a purely granitic and igneous region of Sweden is compelling evidence of the presence of hydrocarbons at a depth that the biogenics theory cannot account for.

27 Dec 2019
Rewriting Human History

At https://phys.org/news/2019-12-story-rewriting-human-history-dna.html ... rewriting human history using DNA. Joshua Akey of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics is trying to better understand our links with Neanderthals, Denisovans, even Homo erectus. Later, we learn this is a carry on of the research made by Paul Reich. Akey has been able to uncover genetic inter connectors on a scale previously impossible but the message, basikcally, is that there is an enormous amount of information yet to be discovered - rather than anything significantly new.

23 Dec 2019
Sea Level Changes

At https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0222560 ... or https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222560.g001 ... as well as https://phys.org/news/2019-12-ancient-mediterranean-seawall-defense-sea.... ... a submerged 7000 year old village and sea wall are said to represent the earliest known coastal defence barrier against sea level rise - the obligatory nod to climate change in order to be published without any hassle.