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13 Jan 2011
Camelot and Famine.

At www.archnews.co.uk/featured/4616-did-famine-destroy-camelot/ there is an interesting piece on South Cadbury Castle (hereafter assumed to be Camelot) where excavators have shown it was re-occupied in the Late or post-Roman period. However, by 600AD the site was abandoned - and the question addressed is why. There is no evidence of a destruction layer as such, anything that might be attributed to warfare or aggression, ostensibly by incoming Anglo-Saxons. Its abandonment is considered perplexing.

12 Jan 2011
Black Holes, the Big Bear and Planck

NASA, at www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-010&cid=release_2011-010 are saying the Planck Mission has mapped thousands of dusty coccoons where it is thought stars are forming as well as some huge clusters of galaxies. Planck, a European ESA project with contributions by NASA has the aim of detecting light left over from the Big Bang - or what lies between us and the cosmic microwave background.

11 Jan 2011
A rocky planet and a solid core in the heart of the moon

NASA news at www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-007&cid=release_2011-007 of a rocky planet one and a half the size of the earth - outside the solar system (see also www.nasa.gov/kepler and http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/

11 Jan 2011
Oxygen in the Oceans

We have a paper just released telling us that a lack of oxygen in the oceans held back the beginnings of life, released today (see Physorg and Science Daily). Yesterday, at www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/01/toxic-cambrian-oceans/ we had a story from Science that claimed a changing ocean environment was responsible for an early extinction event - between 490 and 520 million years ago. Marine animals, it says, were suffocated when oxygen levels dramatically fell.

10 Jan 2011
News from archaeological sources

At Current Archaeology 250 January 2011 there is news of the discovery of a wooden door that has been dated by its tree rings to 3063BC. Once again we are finding that people were not quite as backward in the Neolithic as academics have alleged in a constant snipe at novel ideas that are aired in an attempt to redress our understanding of our forebears. The door was found during excavations preceding the construction of an underground car park in Zurich, preserved in a wet environment.

9 Jan 2011
Swift migration of farmers through the Mediterranean

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/68493 ... archaeologists in southern Croatia, the bottom of Dalmatia, have discovered farms going back nearly 6000 years - not too dissimilar to those of today. The farms in question were on a strip of land hugging the coast and the farmers may have got there from the sea, or simply by following the coastal plain. The area had been investigated before but on this occasion the archaeologists dug deeper - and found the farms.

8 Jan 2011
Pella

At www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/11/2010/exploring-pella-bronze-age-temple-complex/ ... a fortified stone temple complex at Pella in the northern Jordan Valley has remained undisturbed since it was destroyed - allegedly in around 800BC. Archaeologists have found six distinct phases in the history of the temple - which have a bearing on chronology, one on top of each other and going back as far as 1900BC, it is thought.

8 Jan 2011
Flares in the Crab Nebula

At www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-fermi-large-area-telescope-flares.html - the Fermi Large Area Telescope has detected two gamma-ray pulses coming from the Crab Nebula, fueled by more energetic particles. This has led some researchers to rethink how cosmic particles might accelerate. The comments at the end of the article are interesting - suggesting plasma may hold the key. The same story is also at www.dailygalaxy.com January 7th ...

7 Jan 2011
Mesolithic era timbers found on Thames foreshore

A rather juvenile Guardian report of an archaeological discovery, invoking James Bond, is all about what has been found on the Thames foreshore - part of ongoing research that has been taking place for months, and just happened to be within spitting distance of the M16 building - which is duly given prominence by the newspaper (see www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/jan/06/ancient-timber-m16-headquarters/) However, the same story is also available elsewhere, in

7 Jan 2011
Emirates archaeology

At www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/01/2011/the-towers-of-ras-al-khaimeh/ ... Ras al Khaimeh is one of the seven Emirates and has a long history of occupation. The archaeology in this piece is basically a survey of fortifications - and some of them appear to go back to the 3rd millennium BC. Enormous stone and mud brick round towers have been found and a succession of fortified places from ancient to modern.