Giant Hand Axes

At https://phys.org/print438600149.html ... a high density of giant hand axes has been dated 200,000 to 300,000 years ago and was uncovered in NW Spain. The discovery appears to show alternative stone tool technologies existed alongside each other - indicating different human populations co-existed in the same general localities. The fossil record appears to support the idea as far as SW Europe was concerned. The tools in question are Acheulian which were widespread in North Africa as much as in southern Europe.

Orion at Stonehenge

At www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-europe/was-orion-heavenly-overlor... ... in the 1960s a portion of ditch excavated from the chalk bedrock was discovered west of Stonehenge during construction of the pedestrian tunnel by the old visitor centre that was in use up to a couple of years ago (now replaced by a new visitor centre and walk way as the road has been closed). Geophys has sinced revealed the ditch extended for 900m (or nearly 3000 feet) from SW of the henge to a point close to the Greater Cursus monument, NW of Stonehenge.

Mediterranean Mega Flood

This story is at https://phys.org/print438943372.html ... a study by an international team have found evidence of a mega flood during the Zanclean Period in which water from the Atlantic poured back into the Mediterranean basin and brought an end to the Messinian Salinity Crisis (5 million years ago). The study was led by Aaron Micallef of the University of Malta and is published in Scientific Reports journal (Feb 2018). The arguments revolve around bore hole data off Sicily, sediments buried in the sub surface characterised as chaotic.

Rainforest Disappears

Gary sent in this one. Go to https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/did-humans-or-climate-cause-the-... ... this is just up the street for catastrophists so brave a little read up on what is being implied. The central African rainforest vanished for a period of around 600 years - and then bounced back again. Why? A new study claims humans caused a rainforest crisis as a result of migrating southwards from northern Africa (presumably what is now the Sudan) 3000 years ago.

Palaeolithic Calendar

At www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-ancient-technology/surprising-stone-ag... ... a Palaeolithic camp site found in the Ukraine in the 20th century is perhaps the oldest known human settlement site known - or is not too far from that status. It dates back 18 to 20,000 years ago. Finds included 2 intricately carved mammoth bones bracelets - which led to an amazing line of research.

Neanderthal Art

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/earliest-known-... .... we have the full story of cave art found in Spain that has been dated 64,000 years ago - prior to the arrival of modern humans. A couple of weeks ago we were assured the Neanderthals did not do art. The more advanced modern humans introduced it to Europe - and now this. The date is the basis of the claim it was the work of Neanderthals.

Isaiah

A clay seal with the name of Isaiah has been found on a dig in Jerusalem - just 10 feet from another clay seal of Hezekiah. Eilat Mazar speculates that it is a seal of the Biblical prophet Isaiah, a contemporary of Hezekiah and the seige of Jerusalem by the Assyrian king Sennacherib. See for example www.livescience.com/61836-ancient-seal-prophet-isaiah.html ...

Beaker Folk

Late last year we had an article in PNAS that claimed the Bell Beaker folk movement was an actual migration event as far as Britain was concerned, a movement of people from Frisia into Britain which overwhelmed the Neolithic inhabitants. It gave rise to the Bronze Age which in Britain is closely associated with the adoption of field systems and farms of the kind we see in the modern landscape.

Black Hole Gas Outflow

Black Holes continue to make waves it would seem. At https://phys.org/print438421789.html ... a Taiwanese astronomer, Yashiki Toba, and his team, have established that ionised gas outflow driven by a super massive black hole does not necessarily affect its host galaxy - impacting on the molecular gases in the galactic disc.

Ringing Like a Bell

Earth's magnetic field is ringing like a bell - go to http://spaceweather.com 22nd February ... a stream of solar wind is passing just south of the Earth making a grazing contact with the magnetosphere. This is causing the unusual swinging back and forth that is like a ringing bell. The low frequency oscillation went on for over an hour. In spite of the glancing blow it did cause auroral lights over the Arctic - see image below taken in Lapland.