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16 Mar 2010
Mammoth Mountain March 8th ... 'Study sheds new light on Mammoth Mountain's age' is not about mammoths but a mountain that has a secondary role as a ski resort. Stanford University geologists say that the mountain itself is an old volcano, 11,000 feet at it's summit and came into being some 68,000 years ago. It formed very rapidly, the story continues, but a string of nearby volcanoes whose eroded domes can be seen as part of the mountain massif, formed less than 9000 years ago - in the Holocene.

16 Mar 2010
Black Hole Fireworks

Daily Galaxy March 15th ( ) ... 'The Milky Way Monster Black Hole Awakes' is the headline to the story. It apparently fired a monster flare some 300 years ago (yes, just 300 years ago). An X-ray image of the centre of the Milky Way is dominated by Sagittaurus A, a massive black hole or chaotic region where young stars are surrounded by a layer of superheated gas visible only by X-ray imaging.

16 Mar 2010
Bad Archaeology and Velikovsky is apparently the brainchild of a couple of youngish archaeologists not long out of classes and fresh with all the group-think stuff they have learnt. They appear to feel obliged to comment on what they consider as 'bad archaeology' and 'bad history' and 'pseudo-science'in general. Lots of people come under their microscope - and the usual suspects include Velikovsky (and those they see as inspired by Velikovsky - such as David Rohl and Peter James).

16 Mar 2010
Horticulture and Agriculture

There is another consensus model under attack. This time the oft repeated claim that plant cultivation made a sudden appearance in the Near East around 10,000 years ago and spread rapidly into Anatolia, the Balkans, through the Mediterranean and across central Europe (in one direction) and into the Indian sub-continent in the other. The spread of farmers into these regions is often integrated with the theory of the spread of language - in both directions. It also affects the way that human genes are being interpreted - in Europe for example.

13 Mar 2010
Dark Flow

Science Daily March 12th ( id100310162829) ... 'Mysterious Cosmic Dark Flow Tracked Deeper into Universe' - distant galaxy clusters mysteriously stream at a million miles per hour it is estimated, along a path roughly centred on the southern constellations of Centaurus and Hydra. We did not set out to find the data - we cannot make it go away, a NASA scientist said, (see March 20th issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters).

13 Mar 2010
Tasmanian Aborigines

Various  web sites are mentioning the discovery of a meeting ground for Aborigines in Tasmania which is reputed to be 40,000 years of age, such as Discovery News 11th March (see ) which is written in US 'politically correct' speak. Roadworks in Tasmania cut into the meeting ground and an absolutely massive site has been unearthed - but only partially.

12 Mar 2010
Stonehenge Queries

In Current Archaeology 241 April 2010, the 'News' section has a short piece on Stonehenge and the most recent discoveries, shallow banks and depressions within the henge earthwork. These may lead to a radical reappraisal of the site. For instance, one low bank has been dubbed the 'north barrow' as it appears to actually underlie in part the enclosing bank and ditch. That would mean it was the earliest earthwork on the site.

12 Mar 2010
The edge of the Trowel

The April issue of Current Archaeology had a feature, 'From the Trowels Edge' where news editor Chris Catling mentions attending a meeting of The Society of Antiquaries that included a talk on the life of the archaeologist, Jacquetta Hawkes. Geoff Wainwright, chairman of the society, shed some light on modern archaeological group-think. He revealed that Hawkes, like himself, had no time for numerologists and measurements such as the Megalithic Yard - or any interest in a hypothetical prehistoric calendar.

12 Mar 2010
'Current Archaeology' - April 2010

Paul and Barbara Brown have discovered, recorded and published hundreds of marked rock faces in northern Britain. The latest example comes from Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stone number 1594 in their collection is a wedge shaped sandstone boulder with 81 cups, 16 of them surrounded by single rings and one with three rings, all incorporated within a sea (or sky?) of shallow 'pecked' grooves. It doesn't seem to have any connection with plasma or aurorae but the ring as a shape was of course reproduced in henges and stone circles, and round barrows.

10 Mar 2010
Neta'im professor Gershon Galil of the Dept of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa has identified Khirbet Qeiyafa as 'Neta'im' which is mentioned in Chronicles. It was a centre of pottery manufacture in the service of the king and interestingly was located near the border with Philistia.