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22 Jan 2018
White Cuterthun

Current Archaeology 335 (January 2018) has a small piece on a massive hill fort at White Caterthun on the periphery of the Grampian Mountains in the eastern Highlands of Scotland. Go to where there is a video of an aerial excursion over the site.

22 Jan 2018
Black Holes

At ... new research challenges existing models of black holes as recent findings seem to show magnetic fields associated do not come up to scratch. However, for a different view of the nature of black holes go to ... we are told astronomers know black holes exist because they can see energetic radiation and collimated jets erupting. The latter are thought to result from matter falling into a black hole's gravity field.

22 Jan 2018
More on Keros

The full article by Colin Renfrew (which doesn't include the recent discovery of drainage channels under the surface) is available at ... see also DOI:10.5871/jba/001.187 ,Journal of British Archaeology' 17th December 2013 (as published in the same journal pages 187-2120. You can also watch a video of the discoveries on Keros at ... Renfrew is mostly concerned with the sanctuary in this paper which dates to the end of the mid 3rd millennium BC.

20 Jan 2018
Virgin Weather Station

A German blog reports that in Germany there is one weather station that is intact and unchanged for 138 years. It has never been moved nor has it been corrupted by the urban heat island effect. Moreover, it has consistenly used the same instrumentation and computation method over that 138 years. This weather station is at the St Stephens Abbey in Augsburg - NW of Munich. Veteran German meteorologist Klaus Hager says there has been considerable temperature fluctuations from year to year - because nature is constantly changing, year to year.

20 Jan 2018
Cave Men

Apparently, in Norway schools still teach pupils that in the stone age people lived in caves. I suppose the same is true in the UK and elsewhere. Go to ... smallbut ample earthen dwellings from the Mesolithic stone age in Norway were re-used over and over again - even after periods of abandonment. They were spruced up again and re-occupied. The Mesolithic in NW Europe was pretty similar in the first half of the Holocene. In Norway the Mesolithic is dated between 9500 and 4000BC.

20 Jan 2018
A wonderful wonder

Terrific story reported by the Guardian (January 18th 2018) - go to ... but don't be tempted to donate (they have a begging message on the page) as these people use an offshore acccount to avoid paying taxes. See also ...

19 Jan 2018
Mega Flints

In the news section (written by Mike Pitts) of British Archaeology magazine (January 2018) we have the discovery of a big piece of flint at Avebury (at a farm) that is one of four described as mega flints (by the archaeologists). One image shows a flint in the lap of a male that is almost as big as his torso. It is basically a core that has been used for flint flakes - but still has lots of possibilities as the material to make lots more stone tools. Its size may indicate it was at one time valued - and may even have been at one time a heirloom.

19 Jan 2018
A Lonely Black Hole

At ... the odd behaviour of a star led to a second look - and a third. It was decided something was disturbing its orbit - and the researcher opted for a black hole. Not any old black hole but a lonely black hole. It was hiding behind the star, it is alleged. However, digging deeper we learn that they expected to find black holes in this globular cluster as that is what theory said so. Globular clusters are supposed to breed black holes - yet none have been found in association with them until now (and even then it is guesswork).

19 Jan 2018

At ... international study identifies the process of rock formation by meteor strikes (or nuclear blasts). Nice headline but coesite is a polymath of silica that only forms under extremely high pressure -ten thousand times greated than normal atmospheric pressure. The presence of coesite indicates either that the material has pushed up through earth's crust from the Mantle - or that a comet or meteor struck the site. Lightning bolts as perceived by EU people are not mentioned.

19 Jan 2018
Titan Sea Level

At .... using Cassini data Cornell astronomers have created a topographical image of Titan. It revealed several new features - such as mountains (no higher than 700m so perhaps better to describe them as hills). Two locations in the equatorial region are depressions. Titan also has three seas (on the surface) and they have a common sea level (just like the Earth). They are measuring Titan's geoid - the shape that the surface would take under the influence of gravity and rotation.