Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach, between Weymouth and Abbotsbury, is a huge bank of pebbles, which are graded. Various theories exist about how it originated. However, behind the pebble ridge there are a couple of lagoons, a sort of fossil beach - or is it? In February's issue of the BBC CountryFile magazine there is a short piece on unusual beaches in various parts of the country. For example, along the eastern North Sea shore there are several examples of sea spits and sandbars.

Arp Obituary

For an interesting obituary go to ... Halton Arp is associated with adopting an opinion opposed to the Big Bang theory of how everything in the universe began. It is assumed he was a supporter of the Steady State hypothesis, favoured by the likes of Thomas Gold and Fred Hoyle. In fact, there are a lot of assumptions made about Arp - how much of it is true is anyone's guess.

Locating the city of Sodom

There is nothing new under the Sun and so it is with the latest identification of Sodom with Tall el-Hammam in the Kikkar plain, where the Jordan river joins the Dead Sea. Canon Henry Baker Tristram, in his book, 'The Land of Moab: Travels and Discoveries on the east side of the Dead Sea and the Jordan' (1874). The good canon travelled through the old Bible lands for the specific purpose of identifying biblical locations based on geographical indicators embedded in the Biblical narrative.

Celtic Calendar

This appears to be the calendar referred to by Euan MacKie in a recent post - go to ... but it looks an awful lot more complicated than imagined. Is it real?

Indeed, none of this appears to be in Euan MacKie's article in Time and Mind - is it all phooey?

Observed eclipse data doesn't fit with the modelled eclipse data

At ... computer modelling of eclipses doesn't fit with observation. The above link shows recorded eclipse data from India, which is regarded as reliable, but it does not match NASA models of eclipses. The Indian data is between 400 and 1800AD and the paper goes on to suggest the lunar orbit of the Earth must change more than predicted and that the tides on the Earth must be strong enough to change the length of day. What this is saying is that length of day is dependent on the Moon and its orbit (to a degree).

A Strange kind of bird behaviour

In The Times January 10th 2014, the Red Knecked Phalorope spends the summer months gobbling midges in Scotland but it spends the winter in a different place to its brethren in Scandinavia and Russia. They take the route south to the Arabian Sea. The Scottish birds, instead, fly west, first to feed on plankton in Canada, and then via the Caribbean and central America, to Ecuador and Peru.

Tang Astronomy

At ... further to the recent post on a comet recorded by astronomers during the 8th century AD the link describes the cosmic world view of the Tang emperors. No mention of comets but it is clear they would have been watching and recording very carefully.

Milk digestion amongst European people

Lactose tolerance evolved - it is a genetic change. At ... we have a story about milk digestion and lactose tolerance. A research undergraduate has analysed DNA from the teeth of a human living in central Europe around one thousand years ago. Not exactly historical, as such, but the results showed that people at that time had a similar genetic predisposition for milk digestion as in present day people in the region. In other words, lactose tolerance was more widespread than previously believed.

The 'raash' of Uzziah

In the very first SIS Workshop Martin Sieff had an article on the raash of Uzziah as it was described by Velikovsky in one of his books. In the King James translation of the Bible it is given as an 'earthquake' and this appears to be the general mainstream view of historians. Nothing of great moment. In Jeremiah 10:22 it is, instead, rendered as 'a great commotion out of the north' which appears to be something quite different to an earthquake. In Zechariah 14:5 it was remembered how people 'fled from before the raash in the days of Uzziah ...'.

Noah's Ark (Utnapishtim)

William Thompson has provided two links for this story from the British Museum - and ... which promotes a book by Irving Finkel, 'The Ark before Noah' Hodder and Stoughton:2014. Finkel is a curator in charge of cuneiform clay tablets at the British Museum. He claims to have decoded, or translated, one of the tablets and came up with a new theory, the ark was round.