What's in a name

Perusing the summer 2016 newsletter of the Prehistoric Society (see www.prehistoricsociety.org) I came across the reason why and how the name of Doggerland was applied to the watery former habitat below the southern North Sea basin by archaeologists. It came about as the result of a paper by Bryony Coles on wetland environments in Europe in 1998. She applied the term from the Dogger Bank, the area that is most shallow in that basin and from which evidence of Mesolithic activity has been dredged.

Mammoth Island

At http://discovermagazine.com/2016/nov/mammoth-island ... the discovery of a mammoth tooth in a cave on St Paul's island, off the coast of Alaska (in the Bering Sea) was dated just 6500 years ago (that is 4500BC). Mammoths died out around the time of the Younger Dryas Boundary event but seem to have continued, albeit in a dwarf form, on Wrangel Island in the Siberian Arctic - and the tooth from St Paul's Island seems to indicate they survived on other bits and pieces of stranded land as Beringia was swamped by the rising seas.

Bones of Seth

At www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/14/mayan-tombs-snake-kings-holmul-g... ...link provided by Gary Gilligan. The ancient ruins of Holmul in Guatemala date back to the 7th and 8th centuries AD and are being investigated by archaeologists, intrigued by the dynasty of 'Snake Kings' and a temporary dominance until superseded by the city of Tikal dynasty. One of the bodies in a royal tomb is equipped with jade teeth.

Tutankhamun

At www.godkingscenario.com/gks/tutankhamun-pectoral-gks-5 .... Gary Gilligan has continued to update his web site and has now incorporated the solar wind into an interpretation of the god Khepri. If you are familiar with this web site you will understand how he interprets pharaonic history. In this case we learn the pectoral pendant was just 4 inches across and was worn on the chest. The blue scarab beetle has been adorned with falcon wings (to signify an object in the sky) and supports a red orb.

Terracotta Warriors

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-37624943 ...archaeologists are suggesting that inspiration for the terracotta warriors in the Tomb of the First Emperor may have come from ancient Greece (and trade during the 3rd century BC). In this respect the trade route will have been with the Middle East zone subject to Achaemenid culture (post Alexander). This news story culminated in a BBC 2 programme on October 16th, 'The Greatest Tomb on Earth: Secrets of Ancient China - which is available on i-player.

Another Strike from ...

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/10/13/study-extraterrestrial-impact-pre... ... which is a strange web site to find an article about comets striking earth (as they were less than sympathetic with the Younger Dryas boundary event hypothesis). Normally, Watts is quite sceptical of anything involving objects from outer space - but apparently the scientists behind the study came up with the global warming add-on (which is obligatory if your funding relies on mentioning a connection even though fossil fuel emissions were in short supply at the time).

The Dark Side

At http://phys.org/print395482259.html ... when the Venus transit took place (Venus passing between Earth and the Sun) opportunities existed to get a better view of the planet (Venus). In June of 2012 scientists discovered a discrepancy (which they at first thought might be attributed to a technical fault in their telescope). X-rays and ultra-violet emissions were coming from the dark side of Venus. Naturally, this intrigued them and they checked out the details with data from another telescope. the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

making sun spots spin faster

At http://phys.org/print395510984.html ... a study in October's Nature Communications (2016) by Chang Liu et al based on images of the sun by HINODE and other telescope arrays. The rotation of sun spots builds up magnetic energy that is released in the form of solar flares., However, they have also observed that flares can cause sun spots to rotate up to ten times faster - which tends to accentuate the magnetic nature of flares.

Life

At http://phys.org/print395475386.html ... giant rings around an exoplanet.

At http://phys.org/print395479480.html ... a team of astrophysicists at the University of Portsmouth have created a map of voids and super clusters in the universe - which is said to solve a mystery. The map can be used to measure the effect of dark energy 'stretching' the universe. This is said to confirm Einstein's theory of gravity we are told.

footprints in mud

At http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/ancient-human-footprints-afri... ... we learn of the discovery of footprints near the volcanic mountain the Maasai call the Mountain of God. They are preserved in mud dating between 19,000 and 5,000 years ago (which is a large margin of error). There are some 400 footprints in an area the size of a tennis court, situated on the shore of a lake in Tanzania. The current view is that the mud dried out as quickly as a couple of hours.