Icy Centaurs

Are icy centaurs between the orbits of Jupiter and Neptune a threat to the earth? is the headline of a piece by Casey Kazan at www.dailygalaxy.com August 2nd ... He says the greatest threat to earth comes from comets and NASA has found it difficult to keep a track on these objects. Most comets are on orbits that enter the inner solar system at intervals of two to three hundred years.

Geoglyphs from the Atacama Desert in Chile

At http://archaeology.about.com/od/artandarchitecture/a/atacama_glyph.htm there is a post on geoglyphs from the Atacama Desert in Chile, and how they were made. Geometric shapes are common, such as circles, concentric circles, circles with dots, rectangles, crosses, arrows, parallel lines, rhomboids, all of the symbols are also common in pre Hispanic ceramics and textile design.

Current World Archaeology

Current World Archaeology 42 (August 2010) has some information that might be interesting (see the web site www.archaeology.co.uk ) such as the arrival of modern humans in North Africa is being now dated to 80,000 years ago. We also learn that the once huge fruit and nut forest in central Asia is rapidly disappearing as a result of fires, logging, and population pressure.

A Negritoe Migration?

Negritoes are a very obvious minority population element in various parts of SE Asia and the Pacific, and once lived in India (and still inhabit the Andaman Islands) and various other places enroute (even in the Malayan peninsular), and it could be argued they represent a well defined migration, an Out of Africa movement that has some reality. At www.gmanews.tv/print/197541/ a footbone has been found in a cave in the Philippines that has been dated as early as 67,000 years  ago.

The Jared Diamond Myth in tatters

Manchester University (at www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=5997 ) it seems is about to publish new research set to overthrow the 'environmentalist propaganda' disseminated by Jared Diamond in his book a few years ago, much loved by eco-campaigners and politicians as an example of how to rubbish your own backyard.

Solomon's Pools

The story of the discovery of a Roman period aqueduct built to transport water from underground sources - such as Solomon's Pool, the Pool of Hezekiah, and so on, into the city of Jerusalem, is told in some detail as archaeologists had to clamber through ancient sewage systems rich in organic material to discover where the system went and who built it. The story began with a German archaeologist in the 19th century attributing a surviving piece of wall to King Herod - but this theory is now dead in the water.


The Independent July 30th ... harks back to the story of a hoard of 52,000 Roman coins found in a field near Frome. Almost 800 of them were minted during thre reign of Carausius, AD286-93. The journalist seems to have set out to find something about this character and has come back with a tale that reckons he was a gangster who was in league with Saxon and Pictish pirates, dividing the booty up between them (but strangely there is no mention of Irish pirates who were active at the same time).

Stratigraphy and a Revision

Looking at the index to In the News it is noticable that chronological matters have been in short supply - and yet SIS has over the years published many articles on this subject. Too many according to some members. An Alan Montgomery post on the Eric Aitchison chronology email thread concerns stratigraphic problems that appear insurmountable from a conventional viewpoint. Archaeology that is dated reliably to the time of Ramses II, clearly precedes that of Ramses III, and that in turn clearly precedes strata associated with the Monarchy (of Israel and Judah).

What the Large Hadron Collider is doing - in a nutshell

At www.physorg.com?print199730102.html the experiment at the Large Hadron Collider is described - and the objectives. This actually appears in an earlier posting but is not described in such simple layman's terms as in this article. A number of lead atoms travelling very near the speed of light will collide in the experiment, generating a fireball 100,000 times hotter than the core of the Sun.

Lots of dark matter in a recently discovered galaxy

www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/61683/title/Dark-matter-eldorado/ a report online at arXiv.org that claims that a galaxy discovered in 2007, known as Segue's Galaxy, is composed almost entirely of dark matter (because very little can be seen). Is that logical?