camels and axes

At ... which concerns a modern study of camel DNA and the movement of ancient caravans across the deserts of Arabia that may have shaped the genetic diversity of the Arabian camel (over the last 3000 years). Little is actually known about camel domestication, only that wild camels are a thing of the past.


At ... one first has to wonder if Londinium was the capital of Britannia (rather than south east Britain) but assuming they are referring to something tangible, it is worth taking this at face value.


At ... archaeologists have unearthed the bone of pre-Younger Dryas bison on a dig in Florida (among other interesting things) some ten feet below the ground surface. The bone was found in material from the Pleistocene epoch and it seems it is a rare find as bison roamed a grassland environment and most bones disintegrated over time.

Bronze Age Scandinavia

Bronze tools found in Sweden dating to 1600BC were made using copper from the Mediterranean region. This is perhaps not surprising as a shipwrect off the coast of Devon a few years ago contained bronze oxhides with a possible origin in Iberia - and if oxhides were coming to Britain they were also reaching the Baltic as they had an important item of exchange and barter - highly prized amber.

wind and x-rays

At ... a paper in May's issue of Nature concerns the discovery of intense winds found in the near neighbourhood of a black hole. It is capable of expelling material from the gravitational field around the black hole we are told, and seems to follow on from an outburst event after a long period of quiescence - 25 years. During the outburst brightness increased one million times and it temporarily became the brightest x-ray source in the sky.

The 2300BC event

Back in October of 2014 there was a conference in Halle in Germany on a sudden climatic event dated to 2200BC which appears to be associated with Marie Agnes Courty's end of Akkadian empire event. She proposed a cosmic airburst or something of that nature might have occurred at that time and has written several papers on the subject, mostly ignored by archaeologists and historians. As a speaker at one of our Cambridge conferences on the Bronze Ages she is well known to older members of the society.

Earth's surface periodically moves up and down

This is a hot potato in some ways as it has been found the Earth's mantle flows and causes the crust to periodically move up and down. This observation was fine and dandy in a uniformitarian or gradualist timescale but it seems it may occur much more often than previously allowed - and the big question is how often that might be. See


At ... this is an extraordinary story in that the Egyptians had developed a phonetic alphabet by the early Middle Kingdom period (around 2000 - 1800BC). It seems that mainstream regards phonetic alphabets as more advanced than pictorial ones such as hieroglyphs, possibly because we use a modern phonetic alphabet, and this has clouded research. Modern bias is at work perhaps as the Egyptians continued to use hieroglyphs in spite of the availability of a phonetic alphabet.


I have just received a response to a News item from 18 months ago - see ... It seems the article written by Clive Best in collaboration with Roberto Madrigadi was rejected and not published - see

Outrageous Waves

'Outrageous Waves: Global Warming and Coastal Change in Britain through 2000 years' by Basil Cracknell (Philimore and Co., Chichester:2005) was produced at a time when everything being published had to have a slant towards CAGW as the publishing houses seemed to think that otherwise they would not sell. Problem was that this just as likely caused as many people not to buy the book as buy it - so it was a negative policy. I purchased the book as I had an interest in coastal change - already possessing a couple of other books on the same subject.