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20 May 2016
Antarctic fossils

Over a ton (in weight) of fossils has been gathered in Antarctica by a team of scientists. They include marine creatures, dinosaurs, and birds (see www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-hunters-uncover-17-million-year...

At http://phys.org/print382814609.html ... giant bird fossils from Antarctica have been recorded by the Argentines. The shape of their wings allowed them to glide and cruise over large distances, like a sort of prehistoric albatross.

20 May 2016
Pre-Clovis

Evidence of pre-Clovis occcupation of N America is now being found more and more often - which just goes to show how much was being suppressed prior to the dam bursting. The idea of Clovis First is taking a hammering and the latest tale in the saga can be found at http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/spring-2016/article/prehistoric-sit... ....

19 May 2016
Londinium

At www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/how-london-became-britain... ... one first has to wonder if Londinium was the capital of Britannia (rather than south east Britain) but assuming they are referring to something tangible, it is worth taking this at face value.

19 May 2016
camels and axes

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/spring-2016/article/ancient-trading... ... which concerns a modern study of camel DNA and the movement of ancient caravans across the deserts of Arabia that may have shaped the genetic diversity of the Arabian camel (over the last 3000 years). Little is actually known about camel domestication, only that wild camels are a thing of the past.

19 May 2016
A Lost Maya City

This story is fascinating as it has a boy wonder with an amazing theory and some older critics that got hold of the wrong end of the stick and made a fool of themselves - see for example www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/05/11/did-a-teen...

18 May 2016
alphabets

At http://archive.archaeology.org/0001/newsbriefs/egypt.html ... this is an extraordinary story in that the Egyptians had developed a phonetic alphabet by the early Middle Kingdom period (around 2000 - 1800BC). It seems that mainstream regards phonetic alphabets as more advanced than pictorial ones such as hieroglyphs, possibly because we use a modern phonetic alphabet, and this has clouded research. Modern bias is at work perhaps as the Egyptians continued to use hieroglyphs in spite of the availability of a phonetic alphabet.

18 May 2016
Earth's surface periodically moves up and down

This is a hot potato in some ways as it has been found the Earth's mantle flows and causes the crust to periodically move up and down. This observation was fine and dandy in a uniformitarian or gradualist timescale but it seems it may occur much more often than previously allowed - and the big question is how often that might be. See http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/first-global-map-of...

18 May 2016
The 2300BC event

Back in October of 2014 there was a conference in Halle in Germany on a sudden climatic event dated to 2200BC which appears to be associated with Marie Agnes Courty's end of Akkadian empire event. She proposed a cosmic airburst or something of that nature might have occurred at that time and has written several papers on the subject, mostly ignored by archaeologists and historians. As a speaker at one of our Cambridge conferences on the Bronze Ages she is well known to older members of the society.

18 May 2016
wind and x-rays

At http://phys.org/print382011175.html ... a paper in May's issue of Nature concerns the discovery of intense winds found in the near neighbourhood of a black hole. It is capable of expelling material from the gravitational field around the black hole we are told, and seems to follow on from an outburst event after a long period of quiescence - 25 years. During the outburst brightness increased one million times and it temporarily became the brightest x-ray source in the sky.

18 May 2016
Bronze Age Scandinavia

Bronze tools found in Sweden dating to 1600BC were made using copper from the Mediterranean region. This is perhaps not surprising as a shipwrect off the coast of Devon a few years ago contained bronze oxhides with a possible origin in Iberia - and if oxhides were coming to Britain they were also reaching the Baltic as they had an important item of exchange and barter - highly prized amber.