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31 Mar 2011
Grand Canyon

At http://geology.com/articles/age-of-the-grand-canyon.shtml is an article 'How Old is the Grand Canyon?' which describes some of the conventional thinking on how long it would take a river to cut through so many layers of rock - and millions of years are involved. However, a whole mountain range has apparently disappeared - over the course of the same period of time. The disappearance is equally as mysterious as the formation of the canyon - a great slash cut out of the crust of the earth. It is also clear that science does not really know how it was formed - but ideas abound.

31 Mar 2011
Mayan agriculture - making use of wetland environments

At www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/03/2011/maya-farming-on-the-edge/ anad at www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=13335 the web site of the University of Cincinatti. Researchers have been trying to fathom why the Maya built their bustling cities nexts to what is swampland - especially the boggy zone of Tikal in modern Guatemala. They have discovered that when the Maya built their cities, from the 4th century BC to the 9th century AD, the environment was somewhat different to nowadays.

31 Mar 2011
Early Christian writings find - updated two days later

At BBC News (see www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12888421 ) there is a story on early Christian writings found in a Jordanian cave which it is hoped will provide some clues on how Christianity developed from Judaism. Some 70 books of between 5 and 15 lead leaves bound by lead rings was discovered in a remote valley in northern Jordan a few years ago - exposed by a flash flood that washed inside the cave. A fight over possession of the manuscripts has developed between Israel and Jordan.

30 Mar 2011
The archaeology of the Alps

The archaeology of the Alps, or more specifically in this instance a small part of the mountains as preserved in Ecrins National Park in France, and confined solely to the Holocene (see Current World Archaeology 46) and concerns what is a high altitude plateau above the tree line. For example, there is plenty of evidence of Mesolithic hunting activity - and this continued into the Neolithic era (farmers on the lower slopes may have continued the tradition).

30 Mar 2011
Megaliths in NE Africa

In Current World Archaeology 46 April 2011 ... an article on the Mursi people of the Lower Omo Valley in SW Ethiopia, mention is made of megaliths in the region. The Lower Omo Valley varies between arid and semi-arid and is marginal as far as rain-fed agriculture is concerned. However, it is dominated by the Omo river, a tributary of the Blue Nile. Since 4000BC tributaries of the Omo have dried up as the region has become progressively drier.

27 Mar 2011
Early Americans

At www.eurekalert.org March 26th there is mention of new discoveries in Texas that push known occupation of the Americas backwards - to 15,500 years ago. This is the Bolling warm period after the end of the Ice Age. The Clovis toolkit is associated with the next warming phase, known as the Alleroed, leading up to the Younger Dryas at 12,900 years ago. Hence, for stick in the mud archaeologists that insist humans entered the Americas after the ice sheets in the north melted, this new discovery is no big deal.

27 Mar 2011
Asherah

It seems Discovery News is catching up with the rest of the world as they have an article, 'God's Wife edited out of the Bible - almost' at http://news.discovery.com/history/god-wife-yahweh-asherah-110318.html?pr... This is really an old story dressed up as something new by a young TV presenter but it seems the Old Testament editors have omitted any mention of Asherah, as such - but residual traces remain.

26 Mar 2011
Einstein

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/03/could-space-time-be-a-mirage-new-t... there is a story about gravity and relativity and variations as advanced by Peter Herova that eliminates dark matter and dark energy by adjusting Einstein. In contrast, at www.physorg.com/print220174620.html where it claims Einstein's theory fights off challengers. 

26 Mar 2011
India and early human activity

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/71678/title/Go_east%2C_ancient-tool-... is a story about the discovery of stone tools in SE India that date back one million years ago - or longer (see Science March 25th 2011). Acheullian tools are usually associated with Homo erectus and on this evidence they were in South Asia not long after their appearance in East Africa. However, no fossil bones have been discovered so an argument might develop on what species of human was responsible.

26 Mar 2011
Climate Update as we head towards the end of March

Over at www.weatheraction.com Piers Corbyn is predicting some extreme weather or even an earthquake in the next few days - as a result of solar activity. Meanwhile, at www.physorg.com/print220262708.html we learn that sea ice extent is at nearly its lowest point - ever (or since the modern AGW phenomenon took root some 25 to 30 years ago). However, at http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/huge-increase-in-thick-ice... where we learn the opposite side of things. It is not the extent that matters, it is being argued, but the thickness of the ice.