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1 Mar 2011
Chronology of Beth Shan

Peter James, in a review of a book edited by Amihai Mazar, Excavations at Tell Beth Shean, Palestine Exploration Quarterly 142 has suggested the fall of level V should be redated to 732BC and the time of Tiglath Pileser III (copies of the review can be obtained via Eric Aitchison).

27 Feb 2011
Rock Art of the Chumash

At all about the rock of the Chumash See below

27 Feb 2011
Do you recognise this man?

This is the reconstructed face of Oetzi, the body that came to light as an Alpine glacier shrank. He lived around 3200BC (see )

27 Feb 2011
Cities out of Marshes, Bamiyan Buddha

At is a new theory on the Sumerian cities - presumably on the basis they did not originally require an irrigation system but that was a development that came about after environmental downturns. It seems that early cities did not spring up along the banks of rivers but spread across the delta zone within and along the margins of the marshlands. So says a press release from the University of South Carolina.

26 Feb 2011
Plasma, magnetic holes and a mud volcano

At .... huge blobs of plasma known as coronal mass ejections cause probems when they collide with the magnetosphere of the earth. They produce aurorae for example, but also feature in comet tails (no this is not Wal speaking but a scientist from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory), solar wind and much of the spiralling material that appears to fall into black holes. Science is now trying to understand plasma.

26 Feb 2011
More on that comet fly by

NASA has released a video which can be seen at of the recent, Feb 14th/15th flyby of Comet Tempel1 by the Stardust spacecraft.

25 Feb 2011
Neanderthals with feathers in their hair

At .... scientists digging at the Grotto of Smoke in North Italy have found some intriguing evidence. There are a lot of Neanderthal bones in the cave - and 660 bones belonging to 22 species of birds (with cut and scrape marks it is alleged). The birds include falcons, vultures, Alpine choughs, and wood pigeons.

24 Feb 2011
Hide the Decline

At ... if you never understood what the fuss was about in 'hiding the decline' in the Climategate emails read this piece by a climate scientist fed up with the small number of other climate scientists who have exagerated the warming trend. The comments at the end of the piece are approaching 2000 in  number - she has bit the bullet and people are squirming on one side, and are elated on the other.

24 Feb 2011
Those Blue Stones Again

At Feb 22nd ... a report on a team of geologists searching for the origin of the blue stones at Stonehenge. The dolerite is known to come from Myndd Preseli but it seems the rhyolites may have an origin north of these mountains, not far from Pont Saeson. The research is due to be published in the March issue of Journal of Arcchaeological Science (2011).

23 Feb 2011
Ice Age skull from Mexico

National Geographic News Feb 18th had a piece on exploration of underwater caves on the Yucatan peninsular where they have found some interesting objects ( ). In a deep pit that is known as the Black Hole they came across an Ice Age mastadon and bones of other Pleistocene fauna ... and a human skull. To reach the Black Hole they travelled through 4000 feet of passages using underwater propulsion vehicles. The pit was some 200 feet deeper than the surrounding cave, and 120 feet in diameter.