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17 Aug 2014
Aurochs in Mesolithic Britain

Bones of aurochs have been found in plentiful quantities at Blick Mead (as reported a couple of weeks ago). This site was used for a long time, over 3000 years, and it seems that periodically, possibly at certain points in the calendar, aurochs were hunted down on Salisbury Plain and brought to what is now Vespasians Camp, cooked and eaten - in a grand communal feast. This may have a connection with ancient representations of the bull that go way back into the Palaeolithic period, surviving into the modern European world with such folklore and games as bull fights.

17 Aug 2014
The Glacial Nightmare and the Flood

Henry Hoyle Howorth, The Glacial Nightmare and the Flood, ISBN 9781154091298, General Books of Memphis Tennesee (2012). This is a 19th century book that has been scanned and has the odd spelling error which is no problem. It was scanned using character recognition software - which is not perfect. We have found this out at SIS when scanning past issues for our archive.

17 Aug 2014
The names of the gods

Victor Clube has an article in SIS Review V:4, 'Cometary Catastrophes and the ideas of Immanuel Velikovsky' and whilst admitting the Clube and Napier theory as outlined in 'The Cosmic Serpent' was by no means perfect and was probably strewn with gaffs of one kind or another, the basic idea that comets rather than planets were the agents of disaster (and more significantly, the meteor streams produced by progenitor comets) were sound.

16 Aug 2014
a chronological impasse

It seems the late Alfred de Grazia anticipated the chronological impasse that has gripped some of our revisionist brethren of late. In SIS Review V:3 page 100, in a letter to the editor in response to an article by Geoffrey Gammon, he suggested the end of Late Bronze age destruction levels should coincide with Velikovsky's Martian Period (between 780 and 680BC).

16 Aug 2014
Steve Mitchell and London

Steve Mitchell, in an article in SIS Review claimed Anglo Saxon Londinwec was situated further up the Thames terracing than it was during the Roman period. Londinium was moved as a result of higher sea/river levels and a general flooding of coastal Britain in the Late Roman period was a reality - which meant early Saxon trading emporiums, or wics/wicks, were located on higher ground. In Current Archaeology 294 September 2014 (see page 6, there is a short report on a trench dug beneath a building on the Strand in order to instal a lift shaft.

6 Aug 2014
The Moon and the Jet Stream

At ... begins by noting a lurid headline from the Daily Express concerning a weather forecast made by Piers Corbyn. Apparently, has has said we are in for a heat wave in August. The jet stream is to blame - see also - and do read the comments at Tall Blokes talk shop. For example, Clive Best directs us to his blog at ... where it is claimed atmospheric tweak the jet stream.

6 Aug 2014
Varve chronology

At ... an interesting outline on varve chronology and its usefulness in assessing the Late Glacial period and the beginning of the Holocene. The use of varve sequences to establish time lines in sedimentology sequences and for correlation is vital to interpretation of geological beds. Varves are laid down on an annual basis - showing up seasonal changes. They are especially useful in glacial environments as they can establish how long it took for deglaciation events to occur.

6 Aug 2014
Barycentric solar effects

I did some earlier posts on Rhodes Fairbridge and the barycentre of the solar system - which is not always within the body of the Sun. The orbit of the Sun has a distinct cycle around the barycentre according to Fairbridge - and one that is close to 100,000 years. This cycle is not mentioned in this link ... ... but it does add an even more intriguing idea to the mix.

2 Aug 2014
Comet Coma 67P

At ... we learn that a distinct coma surrounds comet 67P (otherwise known as Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko).

    the hazy circular structure on the right and the centre of the coma are artifacts due overexposure of the nucleus. The image was taken by the Osiris camera onboard the Rosetta spacecraft on July 25th (see also

2 Aug 2014
Bubbles in the Sky

At ... we have two bubbles towering above and below our galaxy - see image (courtesy of NASA)