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26 Sep 2010
Archaeological Chronology in eastern and central Europe

See ... this post, by Lolita Nikolova, is basically about prehistoric culture - and its spread. In this context, the route of the spread, from A to B, or from B to A.

26 Sep 2010
Einstein and Gravity

At Sept 24th ... there is a post on General Relativity and Einstein which is a favourite theme of Nigel Calder. In the current issue of Science magazine James Chin-Wen Chou et al detected the well known effects of relativity on the rate of time passing  and at the scale of ordinary human activities. Chou's team used laser light in a pair of aluminium-27 optical clocks to show that time can pass more slowly via the effect of motion on time.

26 Sep 2010
Fishing the Mesolithic way

This story comes from the Irish Times Sept 23rd ... an archaeologist happened to be out walking and came across some weirs and dams constructed to trap smelt on Connemara's Errislannan peninsular (see ). He looked at what appeared to be a series of stone ponds, channels and dams that linked the bay to several inner lagoons, as if channelling the fish into them.

26 Sep 2010
A Viking Mystery

David Keys, in the Smithsonian magazine (see Sept 24th), the October issue, has a report on the archaeology discovered beneath an Oxford College when the foundations for new student housing were being dug out. An earthwork enclosure, or henge, some 400m in diameter was found but for some reason it is called a temple or a religious complex. Various pits with sherds of broken pottery and food debris suggest that much later the site was used as a rubbish dump.

26 Sep 2010

In a scientific article published in May 2010, The Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, an architect claims to have unlocked how the Egyptians constructed the pyramids - by locating the apex point and then working inwards (see )

26 Sep 2010
Saturn, Venus, and the Sun

At for a NASA story, images, and a video clip of Saturn's shimmering aurora over a two day period ( and )

25 Sep 2010
News from Russia

At we learn that a Russian scientists has said that the first settlers on Sakhalin Island in the North Pacific have been dated between 100-200,000 years ago. From here it is just a short hop across to the Americas but in contrast he said the first human settlers of the Americas came from Siberia. It was not Columbus but unknown Siberians that first established a foothold - between 20 and 25,000 years ago.

25 Sep 2010
Vikings and Neanderthals

At Sept 23rd ... further information on the discovery of the Viking settlement of Linn Duchaill, near Annagassan, 70km north of Dublin. The excavations at this site are expected to continue for years if funds allow.

25 Sep 2010

At ... we are told the Canadian Space Agency have launched an online observatory streaming the aurora borealis live over the internet, at No need to visit Santa Klaus in Lappland - just switch on your computer. The website will also explain the science behind the phenomenon and has an image gallery with photographs and videos from earlier sightings.

25 Sep 2010
Have they found something ... or not

At ... the official position is that the Large Hadron Collider has found something - but they are a bit shy on saying what it might be. However, the intepretation of what was found was vigorously challenged  during the meeting as scientists bounced suggestions off each other - so who knows?