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3 Apr 2010

The New Chronology Forum on Yahoo Groups has had in March a discussion on the reign length of Horemhab. A couple of years ago, in JARCE 44 (2008) wine dockets were said to limit his reign to just 14 years. At the end of the article it says the main obstacle to such a short reign was the Babylonian and Assyrian King List. Bob Porter pointed out the JACF 7 article (1994) also argued for a short reign.

3 Apr 2010
YD Boundary event again

At the cause of the Younger Dryas rapid cooling event 12,900 years ago has been discovered according to an article in Nature (March 31st) - and is perhaps designed to quash the comet airburst theory. A mega-flood of water across the top of North America channelled melt-water from the ice sheet - which inconveniently disappeared several thousand years earlier (but there is no reason why it might not have been locked up as a huge lake in the meantime).

3 Apr 2010
Ice Ages in the early history of the earth

Getting back to March 31st 2010 another geologist claims to have solved a mystery - why earth's surface was not a big lump of ice four billion years ago when radiation from the sun was thought to have been weak. Previously, scientists had assumed the atmosphere then consisted of 30 per cent C02 trapping heat like a greenhouse (but see Peter Warlow's talk at the SIS Autumn Meeting a couple of years ago).

3 Apr 2010
Mid Pliocene

The Daily Galaxy, March 31st ( ... prehistoric fossils from a geological period, the mid-Pliocene (3.3 to 3.0 million years ago) that was apparently very warm, are being used to demonstrate how AGW will affect the earth in the future. No surprises there as the research was probably funded in order to find such a link with global warming - and therefore a gloss on that subject was a necessary feature of the findings.

3 Apr 2010
Mammoths on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean

At March 30th (science and archaeology section) ... reports on a paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B on what might have caused the extinction of wooly mammoths across Eurasia and North America - without firm conclusions. The paper instead addresses the survival of mammoths on Wrangel Island off the Siberian coast, and raises some very interesting points. However, it does not address the main one - why did mammoths live on an Arctic Ocean island during the Ice Age?

2 Apr 2010
New Zealand Kauri Trees

At New Zealand's Kauri trees can measure 4m wide at the trunk and live for up to 2000 years. Exeter University and Oxford University are taking part in the creation of what is hoped to be a 30,000 year old climate record on New Zealand - from Kauri trees preserved in bogs and wetland environments. Tree rings are also useful in extracting information about levels of atmospheric carbon. Some of the trees are thought to date back to the last interglacial phase - 130,000 years ago.

2 Apr 2010
Bad Archaeology

Reference the Bad Archaeology web site critique of Velikovsky, James and Rohl - indeed, of any revision or deviation from the orthodox consensus. Bob Porter has confirmed the Psusennes lintel was found outside the tomb of Osorkon II (and not inside as claimed by the Bad Archaeology boys).

2 Apr 2010
The Biblical Plagues

At March 30th ... 'Biblical Plagues really happened say scientists' - apparently, the Biblical plagues were the result of global warming which triggered a series of environmental disasters and natural disasters such as volcanoes. The evidence will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel on Easter Sunday - but were oil and coal the bogeyman?

2 Apr 2010

At tree rings from the Bidoup Nuibos National Park in Vietnam seem to show the fall of the Khmer civilisation coincided with drought - 600 years ago. The empire expanded through a large tract of SE Asia between the 9th and 14th centuries but two severe droughts, with heavy monsoon rains between, may have weakened the empire and it's irrigation system.

30 Mar 2010
Anglo Dutch relationships 300,000 + years ago

See ... amateur archaeologist Pieter Stoel has found splinters and cores of flint that are thought to date back 370,000 years ago. They were sucked out of a sump pit at a depth between 27 and 36m (in the Netherlands). On the opposite side of the North Sea basin, at Pakefield in Suffolk, 225km from Woerden, a similar discovery has been made, suggesting people walked across the North Sea sea bed, which was dry land during the Ice Ages (but drowned during the interglacials).