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Index of Postings in September 2010

September 2010.

August 31st ... Other Worlds

August 31st ... Nasca Lines ... and water.

August 31st ... YD event update

August 31st ... K/T boundary event - a compromise?

August 31st ... the henge in Herts again

August 31st ... sun spots ... can stretch the sky ...

September 1st ... the Antarctic of the Past

September 1st ... Jupiter's radio emissions and dark energy?

September 1st ... A funny looking crater on Mars

September 1st ... No nano-diamonds at YD boundary ...

Dating and Chronology in the Middle East

A conference on archaeoastronomy at Tartu in Estonia in 2002 had a paper by Goran Henriksson on the 'absolute chronology' of the ancient near east which is framed around a solar eclipse in 763BC as seen from Nineveh. Earlier epochs rely on astronomical dating as provided by the Venus Tablets of Ammisaduqa, 10th king of the First Dynasty of Babylon - to a lesser degree nowadays but certainly a factor in the Low Chronology, for example. In this paper Henriksson dates the above dynasty by a previously unidentifed total solar eclipse mentioned in a text.

Some dating issues

The New Chronology Yahoo Group forum has had the big guns posting during September - David Rohl, Bernard Newgrosh and Bob Porter for example. The issue that has caught their interest - the missing archaeology of the Persian Period. This is probably one of the really weak spots in conventional archaeology and ably exploited by  Emmett Sweeney elsewhere.

The Etruscans, the Hittites, Luwians, and others

Also on the New Chronology Yahoo Group forum in August has been a discussion of tawannas, a title used by Hittite queens, and the spread of that term by the Philistines and Etruscans - in late 9th century on the New Chronology framework. In that context the migration might well be visualised as primarily a migration of people from SE Anatolia (at the end of the LB Age) with minimal connections with the Aegean. There are a lot of emails on the subject with a diverse number of points of view - too many to repeat here.

New Chronology and Jonah

At ... there are a lot of emails to wade through on this lively and very active Yahoo Group (requires a membership to read the emails), enough to faze even the most receptive of minds - but far from dulls the revisionist faithful. This one caught my eye after a brief trawl and was posted by Frank Taylor of North Carolina.

A couple of sites on a revised chronology

At we have a development on the ideas of John Lascelles and news of a two volume book shortly to be published by a former member of the SIS, John Crowe. Basically, it is all about redating the Trojan War and relocating the site of Troy. Interesting ideas that deserve to be aired in the public areana.

Almagest Ephemeris Calculator

At is a web page with Java Script calendar and ephemeris modules for calculating geocentric luni-solar and planetary positions for an arbitrary calendar date according to the kinematical models of the sun, the moon and the planets as described in the Almagest of Claudius Ptolemy in AD150.

Ancient World Chronology and the Bible

Ancient World Chronology and the Bible is an article you can find at and the author has clearly been reading Donovan Courville's book, The Exodus Problem and Its Ramifications Loma Linda:1971. I can remember reading this back in the 1980s and various comments on it at 'Study Group' meetings at that time.

Stratigraphy and a Revision

Looking at the index to In the News it is noticable that chronological matters have been in short supply - and yet SIS has over the years published many articles on this subject. Too many according to some members. An Alan Montgomery post on the Eric Aitchison chronology email thread concerns stratigraphic problems that appear insurmountable from a conventional viewpoint. Archaeology that is dated reliably to the time of Ramses II, clearly precedes that of Ramses III, and that in turn clearly precedes strata associated with the Monarchy (of Israel and Judah).

Index of earlier postings - Part Two


May 3rd ... The Science of Doom (new web site devoted to explaining the inner workings of the Greenhouse Gas Theory of Global Warming). Recommended by Steve McIntyre as its policy is not to criticise heretics (or even old codgers) but is committed to engaging with the general public.

May 3rd ... new web site by Nigel Calder, co-author of The Chilling Stars