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4 Dec 2014
Vikings and Slavs

Member Gary Gilligan sent in an interesting link to put up - go to ... which is in fact a story that was at BBC a couple of years ago. It has also been back in the news since then as the bones have been analysed more fully - and now it appears to have percolated far and wide. We don't know why the locals decided to butcher a group of Viking warriors who appear to have surrendered - as they were unarmed at the point of execution, and buried enmasse.

4 Dec 2014
Climate Weirding and Shifting Sands

4 Dec 2014
Another vindication of Steve Mitchell

The relevant article is in Current Archaeology 298. It is currently on sale in Smiths over the Christmas period, and no doubt some other newsagents. It is the issue for January 2015 but is released for sale in December 2014. It will eventually be uploaded on to their website,, but this won't be for a few months otherwise nobody would buy the journal. It concerns the erosion of cliffs in Northumberland where archaeology is literally being washed away by the North Sea.

3 Dec 2014
Benny Peiser

Benny Peiser is a former council member of SIS and organised the SIS second Cambridge Conference (1997) which was perhaps the apogee of our achievements, so far. Since then he has gone on to be a professor at Liverpool John Moores University and in more recent years, has worked on policy with the Global Warming Policy Forum, much hated by the Green Blob. He was invited to address a US senate committee on the subject and you can see a short video of his presentation at ... which appears to have gone down well.

2 Dec 2014
Ice Cores

Some interesting ideas on the ice cores. Are the mainstream dates acceptable because they fit into the uniformitarian model as they appear to rely on oxygen isotopes for dating the cores. An alternative method of dating the cores may have been rejected because the dates did not match the theory. This fascinating debate can be found at

2 Dec 2014
Siding Spring update

At ... the approach of comet Siding Spring to the planet Mars a few weeks ago has now been updated by including images and data from the Indian space mission to Mars. A streak appears to radiate out of the comet's nucleus and it is this ejection of dust and gas that might have caused the meteor storm - but again, it may have nothing to do with dust or gas. At the same time, it is being suggested by NASA that this was a one in 8 million years event - quite how they arrive at that estimate is left unsaid.

2 Dec 2014
Steve Mitchell vindicated by Irish sea level changes in post Roman period

At .... red deer antlers shed by young animals and horse bones dating back to between 430 and 548AD appear to suggest pagan practises were still in vogue even after the introduction of Christianity to Ireland by St Patrick. I suppose that is one way of looking at it if you suppose there is a ritual angle. However, the author does not pick up the fact that the low growth tree ring events between 536-45AD are smack bang in the mix of the C14 margins.

2 Dec 2014
Antikythera Mechanism

At ... the ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism, known as the world's first computer, salvaged from an ancient ship wreck, may be older than scientists first thought. It seems it might go back as far as 205BC according to recent calculations. It is thought to be an eclipse calculator rather than a computer - but why the Greeks would want to predict eclipses is another matter. It may be that eclipses are the least controversial explanation of the mechanism. The latest research brings the date nearer Archimedes.

2 Dec 2014
A firewall in space

At ... an invisible shield 7200 miles above the surface of the Earth appears to block dangerous electrons - a sort of protection from the solar wind and its excesses. Professor David Baker, who earned his doctorate under Van Allen and has maintained an interest in the Van Allen belts, two doughnut shaped rings above the Earth, went on to discover a third but transient ring (reported a year or so ago) situated between the two permanent rings. The new transient ring comes and goes according to space weather.

27 Nov 2014

Polar Bears have been out of it recently - or mostly so. They are in fact thriving. However, environmentalists have found something else to latch on - something with a sting. Bees. At ... is one of those stories you can't really say anything about - without being rude. Bees are in the news, it seems, and threaten our food supplies. I seem to have seen a lot of bees in the garden and elsewhere during 2014 - but there was a shortage of wasps. Very noticeable in August.