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8 Jul 2010
Roman Galilee

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100707080941.htm - archaeologists exploring the Galilee region in the Roman period have found a synagogue which is being dated to around 400AD.

8 Jul 2010
British Oldies

The Guardian July 7th (see www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/jul/07/first-humans-britain-stone-tools/print is a story about flint tools found on a beach at Happisburgh in Norfolk that are said to be some 840,000 to 950,000 years of age, based on dating the geology (or sediments). The tools according to Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum, are mint fresh and exceptionally sharp - which suggests they have not moved very far from where they were left - if at all.

7 Jul 2010
Neanderthal diet

We often hear about the Neanderthal diet - lots of meat. They hunted mammoths using only wooden spears - and approached near enough to get a shot into a vital spot - but is this picture true? A study in Archaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia repeats the same old stereo-type, prompted by some Russian research on an arm-bone of a Neanderthal that had lived some 100,000 years ago.

6 Jul 2010
exhibition in Oxford

There is an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on 'The Lost World of Old Europe' - basically, Europe between 6000 and 3000BC, the Climatic Optimum (or a period of history sandwiched between two events). Various objects from the Danube civilisation and the Balkans will be on display, including from the Varna civilisation. There is evidence of widespread trade from northern France, Germany and Denmark, across central and eastern Europe into South Russia, and the artifacts reflect this situation. Exhibition from now until August 15th.

6 Jul 2010
Greek Fire

www.livescience.com/history June 28th ... Greek inventor Archimedes is said to have used mirrors to burn the ships of an attacking Roman fleet advancing on Syracuse. The story comes from the medieval period and appears to be an attempt, at that time, to try and understand what Archimedes did. New research has suggested he may have used steam cannons and fiery cannonballs, instead of mirrors (a process that is too slow). The battle took place between 214 and 212BC but no contemporary Greek or Roman source mentions a device involving mirrors.

6 Jul 2010
Na Dene and Ket

This is probably an old story but it pops up at http://newsminer.com/printer_friendly/8387910 - researchers at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks claim there is an ancient language link between people of northern Siberia, namely the Ket, and possibly other small tribes of the Yenisei Valley, and North America, a discovery that has been endorsed by linguistic scholars.

6 Jul 2010
stone age amputation

www.epochtimes.com July 5th ... stone age surgeons (4900BC) in France performed an amputation operation on a man whose skeleton was found 40km south of Paris with grave goods suggesting he was an important member of the community. According to the Daily Mail he was probably given pain killing plants such as hallucinogenics, when the knife cut flesh.

6 Jul 2010
An Armenian Genesis

A bit of nationalism and wishful thinking is apparent in this story from www.panarmenian.net/eng/society/news/50844/ where it claims Mesopotamian civilisation originated in Armenia. It does however probably provide a clue to the direction from which came the Jemdat Nasr people that invaded Sumeria around 3200BC. As for the Sumerians themselves, who arrived somewhat earlier, they remain a mystery - unless you adher to the David Rohl version of events.

6 Jul 2010
Geo-ablative Melt

A new post at http://craterhunter.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/fire-cloud-rocks/ is basically an update on ignimbrites - as perceived by the author. The word ignimbrite means something like 'fire cloud rock' but he goes on to say they were produced by thermal explosive processes of extraterrestrial origin. Volcnic Tuff and Impact Melt are two examples of ignimbrites but he wishes to add a third - with an origin in blast.

3 Jul 2010
Altitude ... Snowballs ...

http://news.yahoo.com the journal Science (July 2nd) claims Tibetans and Han Chinese separated from each other just 2750 years ago. The group that moved into Tibet dwindled in numbers but the lesser group, remaining at a low altitude, expanded dramatically. As such the Tibetans adapted to a very high altitude in a very short period of time - and the Han went on to dominate China. This story reappears on Daily Galaxy on July 3rd, posted by Casey Kazan.