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Megaliths, Roman Cornwall, Caral … and those darn Neanderthals again …

24 June 2010

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-06/uog-sbn062310.php we have an article that suggests Neanderthals separated from other Homo sapiens as early as one million years ago – going by DNA analysis. Once again, this is an exercise in computer simulation dressed up as fact, and it goes on to conclude no actual hominid ancestor for either Neanderthals or Homo sapiens has been found – the missing link is still missing. In the study only dental morphology was analysed – nothing else but teeth.

On the island of Guernsey, in St Sampson, a gallery grave complex is being excavated – and the surrounding area. So far Late Neolithic remains have been unearthed which confirms that Delancey Park dates to the third millennium BC, along with other gallery graves around the Atlantic coastline. Passage Graves, on the other hand, are somewhat earlier in the sequence, and more elaborate architecturally.

BBC News June 22nd … a Roman fort discovered in Cornwall, not far from St Austell, suggests it was associated with an ironworks. This indicates the old idea that Cornwall lay outside the Roman settlement zone is untrue, and they had a strong presence in the SW between AD60-250.

At www.archaeology.org/1005/etc/camel.html there is a feature, ‘layers of the past’ where images are used to recreate features of ancient western Asia.

At www.peruviantimes.com/history-of-peru-series-part-1-the-dawn-of-urbanisation.html there is an article, three pages of text plus aerial photography, on Caral. The pyramid complex is quite impressive.

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