Drumlin hills, shaped like upturned boats, are an Ice Age land form, well known in geology. However, the use of satellite images and LiDAR (ground penetrating radar from aircraft flying over regions of interest) has shown up the surface of our planet in great detail - and is springing surprises. Drumlins are often found in clusters, sometimes in their hundreds and thousands (mainly in Canada although drumlins also occur in Europe, even as far south as Ireland). They are thought to be footprints of the Ice Ages.

Indian board games

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/land-bridges-linkin... ... where we have an exercise based on an assumption. This is that India was once an island that was formerly attached to Antarctica and Australia and like the latter it travelled over millions of years across what is now the Indian Ocean to bump into Asia. It was an almighty bump as it involved that part of Asia folding over and over to create the Himalayan Mountains.

gazelles on a roasting spit

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/spring-2016/article/teeth-from-natu... ... and the same story has been at PhysOrg and Science Daily. Gazelles were a prized part of the diet of Natufian hunter gatherers during the Bolling-Alleroed phase of climate (between the end of the Ice Age and the Younger Dryas period) and continued into the latter, maintaining a high part of their diet in what was thought to be an extremely dry period (the Younger Dryas).

sequence stratigraphy

I'm not sure why sequence stratigraphy is being questioned but anything that challenges the neat layer cake method is worth taking note of. The link was sent in by Robert Farrar, http://crev.info/2016/03/is-geology-in-a-scientific-revolution/ .., and one can quickly answer the headline by saying, no. It is an intriguing head line and the suggestion is that a paradigm shift might be in the offing. Sequence stratigraphy is an important feature of geological theory - the time sequence of strata between nonconformities.

vines in Sudan

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/when-vineyards-bloo... ... which takes us back to the 7th century AD and the Christian kingdom of Mukaria (which existed as a rival kingdom to Islamic dominated Egypt, practising the form of Christianity that flourished in the Nile Valley from the 3rd century until the 7th). Makuria existed from the 6th to the 14th centuries - and was probably under pressure from Arabs and their successors throughout that period.

Jupiter Bash

At www.cnet.com/news/see-something-smash-into-jupiter-causing-an-explosion-... .... where you can access a video of a comet or asteroid striking the gas giant Jupiter. Even Phil Plait acknowledges an 'actual impact' but the video sequence was recorded by Gerrit Kernbauer of Austria (an amateur astronomer). He put the sequence on You Tube on March 17th and it has taken that long for mainstream astronomers to catch up. It was also verified by John McKeon of Ireland and therefore was confirmed at an early stage.


Ian Botham, nickname Beefy, famous for routing an Aussie cricket team virtually single handedly in one day of a Test Match in the 1980s, using both bat and ball, and one of English cricket's finest moments (although the Aussies had their revenge on many other occasions) is taking a long overdue swipe at the champagne swilling charity workers running the bird organisation, the RSPB.

March Comet

The March comet is in the news - at http://phys.org/print378114038.html ... http://phys.org/print378112389.html ... and http://phys.org/print378112444.html ... but there is little to report. Both sections sailed right on past the Earth with apparently no effect at all. The comet is green ...

Bisti Badlands

  ... the Bisti Badlands are located in New Mexico. At www.smithsonianmagazine.com/travel/these-massive-rock-formations-look-ju... ... we learn the Badlands have pillars of eroded sandstone rock and weird formations that look as so fragile that a blustery wind might blow them over. The giant cracked eggs are on the ground - but they are also entirely geological in origin.


Stephen Oppenheimer has written at least three very controversial books - and they all involve genetics (and his version of genetic interpretation). In this instance we are having a look at his theory regarding the peopling of Britain and Ireland, and the idea of an Ice Age refuge area in Iberia and SW France (and the possibility that Basques may represent a survival of those people).