Homo erectus

At www.nature.com/news.2010/100728/full/news.2010.377.html there is a news report issued by Nature on attempts to date, both geologically and historically, a cache of Homo erectus fossils discovered in the 1930s, together with 25,000 vertebrate remains, in Java. Homo erectus in Indonesia potentially lived until the Late Pleistocene at the same time as Homo sapiens inhabited other parts of the world. An expedition back to the site has been made and the bone bed reopened and extended.

Sidon

The Daily Star (of the Lebanon - not the red top with the big thingies) (see www.dailystar.com.lb July 28th) says a British Museum delegation to the Lebanon announced it had discovered significant archaeological remains at Sidon during what is their 12th year of excavations. The finds are important chronologically, it continues, as well as for what they are, as various successive historical eras have been unearthed, as far back as 5000 years ago. It doesn't say when a report will be published.

Donkeys and the Royal Society

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_release/2010-07/uof-adi072810.php there is a report from a paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society on the domestication of donkeys which claims mobile pastoral peoples required animals that could survive the dry landscape of the Sahara over 5000 years ago.

Marden Henge update

The Guardian says archaeologists peeled back a thin layer of turf covering the henge which has miraculously escaped being ploughed up over the last 4,500 years and were astounded to find the undisturbed original surface just as it had been left when the people had tidied up after the ceremonial or community meal described a couple of days ago.

Impact craters on the Moon

Go to http://cosmictusk.com/moon-to-earth-new-lro-lunar-crater-analysis-has-potential-to-revise-impact-frequency-for-terrafirma/ ... by comparing modern images of the surface of the moon with images collected by Apollo missions in the 1970s it has been found five new craters have appeared in the past 40 years.

Magnethydrodynamics

Magnethydrodynamics is the subject of a web site at http://mysite.du.edu/~jcalvert/phys/mhd.htm which it is claimed is 'closely related' to plasma dynamics. It involves the dynamics of matter moving in an electromagnetic field, especially where currents established in the matter by induction  modify the field. It involves conducting fluids, liquid and gas, but differs from plasma dynamics.

Earthquakes in Space

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/27/space-quakes/ and www.physorg.com/print199554868.html 'Spacequakes Rumble Near Earth' (with video clip, on both sites). Researchers making use of NASAs five THEMIS imaging spacecraft have discovered what they call 'space quakes' which are then described as 'space weather' with the 'punch of an earthquake'.

The Romans in Wales

We know the Romans had a big presence in South Wales as the Welsh inherited a number of loan words from Latin but the discovery of a villa near Aberystwyth has come as a surprise to archaeologists according to the Daily Telegraph. As Aberystwyth sits on a nice estuary with a flat hinterland and was an ideal location for contact with Ireland the surprise is somewhat puzzling - but there you are.

Indonesian Geology

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100726144011.htm there is a new intepretation of the Banda Arc, a giant 1000km long 180 degree curve in eastern Indonesia which has never been adequately explained. In fact, there has been considerable controversy about how to explain the feature - its origin and evolution. A paper in Nature Geoscience sets out to do just that, using a computer simulation or model.

Law Code

www.israelnationalnews.com July 26th ... press release by the Hebrew University. A Law Code with parallels to the Code of Hammurabi has been found written on fragments of a cuneiform tablet dating back to the Middle Bronze Age. They were found in a new excavation taking place at Hazor which will be interesting to keep an eye on. The latest discovery, it is said, opens an interesting avenue for possible further investigation of a connection between Biblical Law and the Code of Hammurabi.