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29 Apr 2010
Prehistoric walkabouts

Prehistoric Journeys, Cummings and Johnston, Oxbow: 2007, is an attempt to understand prehistoric movements. People did not simply travel from one place to another for the sake of the journey but for a purpose - trade and barter for example. Mobility and travel are unlikely to have been expceptional in prehistoric societies - unlike later agrarian communities where people were tied to district and could live their whole lives without venturing outside the immediate locale.

29 Apr 2010
Water ice found on asteroid

This story can be accessed from several places (see www.physorg.com/print191665880.html and BBC News April 28th http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/science_and_environment/10090128.stm April 28th 'Asteroid Themis has frosted surface' and in addition www.sciencedaily.com).

29 Apr 2010
Floods of Water at the end of the Ice Age

At www.physorg.com/print191683663.html April 28th ... a paper that can be accessed in full (or abstract) at http://bit.ly/9VKpln on research that shows part of Alaska was inundated by a massive flooding event - 17,000 years ago. I am assuming this coincides with the end of the Ice Age but the dating differs from other studies. It is being described as a mega-flood event which formed dunes in the ground over 110 feet high and spread half a mile apart

29 Apr 2010
Reachable Stars

In Reachable Stars: Patterns in Ethno-astronomy of Eastern North America, George Langford, University of Alabama Press: 2007. Ethno-astronomy is one of those amusing word constructs that is basically a woolly way of describing star based Native American myths and legends. Anyway, it is a compilation of stories that took many years to pull together.

29 Apr 2010
Sutton Hoo and it's Landscape

In Sutton Hoo and it's Landscape: the context of monuments, Tom Williamson, Oxbow:2009, there is some interesting speculative ideas. The author is a landscape archaeologist based at the University of East Anglia and he looks at the barrows and where they are located as visible features on the horizon. They are situated on a terrace above the river Deben which at the time was well populated with farms and hamlets clustered around the lower river valley, and the estuary that opens into the North Sea.

28 Apr 2010
Trans Pacific Connections

At http://archaeology.about.com/od/transportation/a/trans-pacific.htm April 27th ... About.Com archaeology has an article (and several others in their archive) on contacts between Polynesians and South America. In the mid 20th century the idea of pre-Columbus voyages across the Pacific was part of a rich vein of speculation. Thor Heyerdahl is perhaps the most famous adherents of this idea via his adventures on the balsa raft, Kon Tiki.

28 Apr 2010
The Electric Universe

Whet your appetite for the up-coming Wal Thornhill presentation in July at the Harlequin Centre in Redhill by perusing a few web sites.

Be aware that Wal needs a supply of questions for the event. Please e-mail //memb-gen [at] sis-group [dot] org [dot] uk">memb-gen [at] sis-group [dot] org [dot] uk before end of May.

For example, Donald Scott's www.electric-cosmos.org

28 Apr 2010
Transient Events in the Plasma Universe

At http://mythopedia.info/intro.html you will find this article second one down on the left hand menu. Extracting information from sacred and revered accounts or cultic practises is fraught with potholes that others have dug. However, working on the basis that a lot of religious ritual is derived from fear - and actual worship is a product of fear, might help explain some of the recurring factors that cross cultural boundaries.

27 Apr 2010
God Kings

Anyone interested in an alternative interpretation of Egyptian history, Egyptian texts, Egyptian titles, Egyptian pharaohs - then a visit to www.world-mysteries.com/god_kings_scenario1.htm might satisfy their curiosity.

27 Apr 2010
Mathematical Bio-Diversity

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/10042153931.htm April 25th ... a mathematical modle has been developed to unravel a key evolutionary riddle - what factors underlie the generation of biological diversity both within and between species. The emergence of rare traits in a population can spawn diversity - and some of these traits will prosper.