C14 Calibration

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/deranged-dating-intcal13-and-... ... without taking on board the Heinsohn AD revision, or indeed, his BC revision, it is interesting to note that it isn't just SIS authors who are sceptical of C14 calibration. I don't personally understand the reason why calibration has been re-calibrated recently (back in 2013) as it must cause a lot of confusion when dating archaeological material. For example, the 2300BC scenario is now dated to around 2500BC, opening up a massive gap in archaeology.

How to concoct a false narrative

At http://notrickszone.com/2017/04/06/scientists-reveal-how-man-made-global... created-via-data-manipulation-dismissing-the-sun/ ... the headline to this blog post is - scientists reveal how man made global warming is created via data manipulation and by dismissing the sun from their models.

Transient Events in History

At https://phys.org/print410606948.html ... researchers from Kyoto University and Japan's National Institute of Solar Research have used historical records to garner a better insight into the patterns of past solar events and their impact on the earth (such as intense aurorae). Japanese and Chinese documents (no mention of Korean examples of a similar nature) have enabled them to reconstruct a chronology. The study is published in 'Space Weather' (April 2017). For example, an early Japanese record of aurora sightings describes a prolonged event in AD1204.

Dover Straits Waterfall

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39494740 ... we have a regurgitation of an old story that has been updated by some new thinking by geologists from Imperial College. This concerns the breaking up of the chalk downs that connected Kent to Calais, 450,000 years ago. It emerges this figure may actually be completely guesswork as at the end of the story we are told the researchers want to drill into the bottom of Dover Strait and analyse the age of the sediment on the sea floor. We now there is still a chalk ridge in existence as the Channel Tunnel made use of it.

Corded Ware Culture

At https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/fos--smt040217.php ... the period, 2300-2000BC was not just one of turmoil and upheaval, with evidence of site destruction far and wide, including earthquakes and perhaps atmospheric explosions of meteors, it was also one of migration and plague. This is too early for most books on historical epidemics to mention (they usually begin with the Bible or Roman records) but we have seen previously that plague or epidemics were a feature of the period around 3000BC also.

King Solomon's Mines

At http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/king-solomon-mines-bible-timn... ... it seems archaeologists came across some donkey manure dating back 3000 years ago, preserved in the arid environment of the Timna Valley. It had accumulated in an ancient mining camp at the back of a mesa like sandstone formation known as Slaves Hill. They were probably pack animals used to transport the metal and ores - and bring in supplies to the miners. The area is peppered with copper mines and smelting sites (where the ore was heated and the metal extracted).

Fluting Flint

At https://phys.org/print410541003.html ... it seems Clovis Points, which are fluted, are still a problem for archaeology. What was the reasoning behind the fluting of flint points? Clovis points date from around 13,500 years ago - and disappeared at the Younger Dryas boundary. The flute is the groove chipped off the base of the point, on both sides. It seems that this thinning action, rather than weakening the points, actually is able to make the point more powerful in that it is able to withstand and absorb the shock of colliding with a hard object, such as the bones of a prey animal.

Little Ice Age ping pong

At last, a study that recognises that low sun spot numbers are not entirely the whole story when it comes to the Little Ice Age - see https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/04/04/rethinking-the-little-ice-age/ ... Professor Mike Lockwood from Reading University has published a paper in Astronomy and Geophysics which says the overall shift in climate temperature were quite small. These are average temperatures. Hence, although sometimes it was bitterly cold other times it was fairly warm.

Pleistocene Indonesia

The idea that modern humans in SE Asia, in the Holocene, were more advanced than Pleistocene predecessors, has taken a bit of a knocking - as a result of research by the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (see https://phys.org/print410447018.html ). The discovery of cave art, said to go back up to 40,000 years ago, on the island of Sulawesi, and various tools etc, seems to show that Ice Age humans were as advanced as those in India and elsewhere.