At www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105823127 ... we have the discovery in a cave in SW Germany of four flutes, one of which is made from the bones of a vulture. The others are fashioned from ivory tusks. They date from 35,000 years ago and were made by people of the Aurignacian culture.

The vulture bone flute is a foot long - so no mean affair. Music, it seems, has been with us for a long time, and music also suggests dance has been with us equally as long.

ocean circulation streams

At www.q-mag.org/mega-streams-of-the-atlantic.html ... we have something that I've not seen anywhere else - somebody questioning the idea of the ocean circulation system, or how it actually works. Between Greenland and Norway an enormous mass of water, according to mainstream, plunges down into the deep of the Atlantic, and travels south along the bottom of the ocean, eventually reaching the tropics once again, where it originated as the Gulf Stream, a huge mass of warm water that provides north west Europe with an exotic marine life that has been exploited over centuries.

Rapa Nui

Yet another story on the inhabitants of Easter Island. Were they decimated as a result of rubbishing their own environment or were they blighted by the arrival of European ships bringing diseases they had no built-up resistance to, and succombed so quickly their population plummeted within a short time?

The face of a princess

At http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0052-face-of-tattooed- ... the face of the Siberian princess mummified and preserved for 2500 years in permafrost on the high altitude plateau of Ukok. She had tattooes and was mostly intact apart from the skin on her face and neck. She has since had a make-up by a taxidery expert - and this is the result


under the water hazels

At www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-storms-expose-ancient... ... in February of last year the spring storms near Penzance in Cornwall uncovered tree stumps from between 4000 and 6000 years ago (C14 dates). There are forest beds west of Penzance, at Wherry Town, and to the east of Penzance, at Chyandour. They were therefore submerged either at the 3000BC or the 2300BC events (it would seem the more likely). In addition there are the remains of submerged woodland in Mounts Bay and at Portreath Beach, and also in Daymer Bay.

It's getting hotter

As the weather warms up towards our spring meeting and the visit of Piers Corbyn (see next SIS meeting in Watford in May) it might be worthwhile if we get a flavour of where he is coming from. He has several You Tube videos of previous talks and we shall have another one after he talks at our meeting. There is of course the great talk he gave to the Electric Universe people a year or two ago but most people have probably seen that one (previously linked at this site).

Gypsy Origins

This post came about as we have Roma gypsies camped out in Hyde Park, opposite the big hotels on Park Lane, having arrived on our shores via the EU open doors policy of movement across Europe. Who are they and what are their origins?

Origins of the Solar System

The Gordon Research Conference on the Origins of Solar Systems is due to meet from June 28-July 3 2015 at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, an interdisciplinary meeting bringing together scientists from the fields of meteoritics (meteors), astrophysics, planetary science, extrasolar planets (or exo-planets) and the earth sciences. There are 32 invited speakers and 9 discussion leaders who will talk about the latest research findings - http://meteoriticalsociety.org

Willie Soon

Willie Soon and Sally Baluinas upset the Green Blob some years ago by writing a peer reviewed article in a climate journal that claimed the Sun controlled the Earth's climate rather than a trace gas, co2. It might seem obvious to most people that the Sun is the controller of the climate on Earth - but not it seems to those of the CAGW faith. You may also wonder why an astrophysicist's views are dismissed but social scientists and people with a degree in English Literature, for example, are lauded as all-knowing of how the climate works - but that is the state of play.

more important than Stonehenge

In 'The Scotsman' of 27th July 2014 prehistorians are on record as saying that discoveries made at the Ness of Brodgar on Orkney are more important than Stonehenge, describing it as an 'Egypt of the North' - all good stuff but the site is hard to access from the main population centres of the UK. Ceremonial mace heads, polished stone axes, flint knives, human figurines, remarkable pottery, and those Neolithic buildings that seem to dwarf the stone circles of the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness (also part of the complex).