Dating news

Fossil controversy

Gary and William have been sending in links over the last few weeks that I've been unable to post, for a variety of reasons. We are now getting back to normal, it is to be hoped, and I'll kick off with a link sent in by Robert. The subject is soft tissue fossils which are said to reveal incriminating trends at ... which claims 85 reports of biomaterial, such as proteins, have been discovered  inside fossils. We are not told in what form the fossils occur - or if they were petrified in situ.

IntCal 2020

At ... (also at ... a team of researchers from the universities of Sheffield, Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow and St Andrews, in collaboration with international colleagues, have come up with a revision of the C14 dating system, IntCal 2020. It used measurements from around 15,000 samples from a variety of objects as part of a seven year project. The claim is they can now date objects more accurately.


At ... this is about an iron meteorite find in Oregon, the so called Willamette meteor. The local Indian tribe, the Clackamas, called it Tomanowos - the visitor from heaven. One would suppose with a name like that one of their ancestors had witnessed it falling out of the sky. It seems logical as there were no geology courses or students back in the day. However, in this post that is not so. We are told instead that 4.5 billion years ago Tomanowos was the core of a proto planet that never quite made it.

C14 and DNA

 a nice interesting article at ... a new technique provides an accurate dating method as far as ancient bones are concerned. As migration has recently become a topical issue (with genetic studies), especially in the peopling of Europe, something other than C14 is required to date human bones in a reliable fashion. They think the answer has been found. C14 is usually the weapon of choice - but is not always able to date bones accurately. Plateau events also pose a problem.

Ancient Civilisations

An article at ... the Silurian hypothesis has been aired this month - considering how geology erodes over millions of years would it be possible to detect an industrial civilisation in the geological record - which is an interesting point. However, if catastrophism was at play surely some hint of an industrial complex would have been preserved along with fossils etc.

Finnish Pine Dendro

At .... University of Helsinki seem to be catching up with Mike Baillie and David Keys on the severity of the weather around 536, and 541-5AD. Like both Keys and Baillie they point towards a sudden dip in global temperatures which they attribute to volcanic activity somewhere on the globe. In other words, the downturn, they6 claim, was due to an extended period of reduced sun light. Food production was hit (arable farms as well as animal husbandry) which rely on solar energy.

Hallstatt Plateau

In the February issue of Current Archaeology we have another interesting post at 'Science Notes' (page 12) on C14 dating methodology - and how it has improved considerably over the years. This is a point studiously ignored by most revisionists but of course everything is not necessarily as rosy as mainstream would allow. The dating of bones is one field where greater success has been achieved - and part 2 of this will tell us a lot more (in the next issue of Current Archaeology).

Egyptian solar eclipse

' David wrote - 'I couldn't believe my ears! On BBC radio 4 this morning (October 30th), just before the 9am news, I heard mention of 1207BC, the Sun Standing Still, and David Rohl ....' ..

Humans in America

At ... analysis of skeletons from a cave in the Yucatan peninsular of Mexico has proven settlement of humans in the Americas goes back into the Late Pleistocene period - or prior to the Younger Dryas event. Mexico is 4000 miles away from the Bering land bridge (but see also ). The cave is now under the sea as a result of sea level changes in the early Holocene period.

Henry Zemel

At ... Henry Zemel is president of the CAENO Foundation (see ) which supports historical and experimental research on the chronology of early civilisations. He has organised several conferences including 'The Origin of Writing Systems' at Peking University, 'Calendars and Years' at Notre Dame University in Indiana, and 'What's old is new again' at EKM, Karlsruhe in Germany.