At http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/Print/5368.aspx ... the lost pharaoh of dynasty 16 (update). It seems there was an independent dynasty at Abydos contemporary with the Hyksos, and the 17th dynasty, located in the south, at Thebes. Some 16 royal tombs of the Abydos dynasty have been found - adjacent to earlier MK tombs (dynasty 12 and 13). A cedar beam from the tomb of Sobekhotep O was reused in the new found tomb - so postdates early dynasty 13. However, controversy rules.
Provoked by the recent claim that camels are first known in the southern Levant in the Iron Age a New Chronology Yahoo Group commenter claims Kenneth Kitchen, seriously kicked around like a football by New Chronology (both the James and the Rohl versions), in 'On the Reliability of the Old Testament' actually provided a series of line drawings of a number of physical relics with pictures of camels from the 2nd millennium BC, long prior to the Iron Age. These came from Ur, Byblos, and Syria, and somewhat later, towards the end of the LB Age, from Egypt and NW Arabia.
At www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/2/10/follow-the-money.html and www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/2/10/alas-smith.html we get a flavour of the argument - and its a perfect environmentalist driven train crash, but the politicos are squirming too - go to http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/somerset-floods-the-fingerpoin... ... which is nice to see. However, what has been going on at the Levels is described by a local scientist - go to www.waterpowermagazine.com/features/featurefloods-on-the-somerset-levels...
At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/ancient-iron-workin... ... this story caught my eye because a friend of mine has discovered severa bloomeries in what is nowadays an isolated woodland environment on a high slope above a valley in the Chilterns. In the Bronze and Iron ages this valley would have been lined with farms, and in the Roman period it is known there was a string of villas all the way along the valley bottom.
One of the big problems uniformitarians have is the diet of Ice Age mammals. We've all heard of those mammoths that were found with grasses, sedges, and buttercups in their stomachs but it seems that is not enough - it is too temperate perhaps. Hence, the search has been on for an Ice Age diet befitting the tundra and the permafrost zone - and here we have another hypothesis at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140205133252.htm ...
At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140205103701.htm ... research by a student at the University of Otago in New Zealand took him to California, to a geological formation in San Francisco Bay. He has managed to piece together, with some help, 21 mammals, including dwarf baleen whale, double tusked walrus, porpoises and dolphins, and a fossil whale, an early relative of the Minke. Published in the journal Geodiversitas (2014), the fossils are said to date back 2 million years ago, when the water off shore from California were warmer.
Space rock hit Mars on a regular basis. At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-037 ... we have a crater 100 feet in diameter at the centre of radial burst (see also http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17932) which happened some time between July 2011 and May 2012 (see also www.nasa.gov/mro).
Cracking dismantlement of a warmist graph that words alone could not hope to do justice. The video link is at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/02/07/friday-funny-two-guys-with-a-ruler... ... must see video. Anthony is not anti-Obama, and not particularly political in outlook, so this is not a rabid rant but more a mocking piece of humour. Quite safe to watch.
A lovely mix of stories here. At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140203131518.htm ... research at Tel Aviv University shows that domesticated camels were not introduced to the Levant until the Iron Age (somewhere between 1200-900BC), which has been the orthodox position for some time (from textual evidence alone). This finding emphasizes a disagreement between archaeology and the Biblical narrative (as shown by the likes of Van Seters and Thompson 40 odd years ago).
The idea black holes don't exist, as espoused by Stephen Hawking, has been challenged by physicists according to www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2014/02/major-league-physicists-challenge-... ... although, as already noticed in the earlier post, he doesn't doubt their existence - only their boundary that inhibits light emissions from the 'hole' - or whatever it is. Thunderbolts forum is also featuring this subject but Galaxy New comes up with some alternative views.