'Current Archaeology' - April 2010

Paul and Barbara Brown have discovered, recorded and published hundreds of marked rock faces in northern Britain. The latest example comes from Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stone number 1594 in their collection is a wedge shaped sandstone boulder with 81 cups, 16 of them surrounded by single rings and one with three rings, all incorporated within a sea (or sky?) of shallow 'pecked' grooves. It doesn't seem to have any connection with plasma or aurorae but the ring as a shape was of course reproduced in henges and stone circles, and round barrows.

Stonehenge Queries

In Current Archaeology 241 April 2010, the 'News' section has a short piece on Stonehenge and the most recent discoveries, shallow banks and depressions within the henge earthwork. These may lead to a radical reappraisal of the site. For instance, one low bank has been dubbed the 'north barrow' as it appears to actually underlie in part the enclosing bank and ditch. That would mean it was the earliest earthwork on the site.

anti-matter lightning

Daily Galaxy March 8th ... anti-matter lightning has been discovered annihilating bits of earth's atmosphere, it is alleged. The Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope was launched to examine the universe and research gamma ray bursts of energy from black holes - as well as the mystery of dark matter. Strangely, they say, they found blasts coming from behind the spacecraft - from earth.

Chile Earthquake

www.physorg.com id187271371 March 8th ... the earthquake that struck the west coast of Chile in February moved the entire city of Concepcion by at least ten feet - westward. It also shifted other parts of South America such as the Falkland Isles and Forteza in Brazil/ Beunost Aires moved by an inch while Santiago in Chile moved 11 inches WSW. The cities of Valparaiso and Mendoza in Argentina were also moved significantly - and how do they know. GPS satellite technology.

Fresh water

http://tamino.wordpress.com  January 3rd 2009 ... a blog with the title Open Mind that reported a year ago on the Firestone et al (2008) claim that a comet was responsible for the YD boundary event - a sudden reversion to cold almost glacial conditions in high latitudes of the northern hemisphere. However, the cooling episode does not appear in Antarctic ice cores (at Byrd station for example).

Mound Culture in North America

At http://www.examiner.com March 7th ... there is a lengthy article about mounds in the US - mainly in the Mississipi, Ohio and Tenessee river valleys, and the lower south east region. The earliest mound is an earth ring 300 feet in diameter dating back to 3500BC. Between 2500 and 1200BC shell mounds or rings were built along the south Atlantic coast (in Georgia for example). Between 1500BC and 1000AD mounds appeared inland - made of earth and fresh water mussel shells.

Hobbit Fued

www.google.com/hostednews/ March 6th ... this is another version of a story posted last week but has some interesting detail not in the initial news report. Indonesian archaeologists on the island of Flores are scouring the cave complex for clues about the ancestors of the fossilised skeleton of the Hobbit. On one side are those who claim the Hobbit is a throwback to much earlier times and critics who say they are modern humans with a genetic disorder that caused the body and brain to shrink - or become dwarf.


www.deccanherald.com March 7th ... a large settlement of the Harappa culture has been excavated in the Hindu Kutch. It had been heavily fortified with walls that were 10m thick, and was spread over a hectare in area. The question that might be asked - were the walls built so thick in order to combat earthquakes. It was built at some stage between 2500-2200BC.

Czechs in Iraq

http://praguemonitor.com March 8th ... Czech archaeologists have found remnants of a 150,000 years old prehistoric settlement at Arbil in northern Iraq - what is now Kurdistan. The find consisted mainly of stone tools 9m under the surface.