Supernatural Water Ritual

19 Jul 2021

At ... a mysterious wooden structure built in Italy 3000 years ago may have been a bronze age 'infinity pool' that reflected the sky during a religious ritual. It may have given onlookers the impression they were looking into another realm, we are told. However, it may also show that people were looking upstairs, reflections or otherwise. Something might have been going on 3000 years ago. One of the authors of the published research in Sturt Manning - better known for his 17th century date for the Thera eruption. Italian archaeologists are sure that what they have dug up is a water tank - 23 feet by 40 feet. It was lined with wooden poles, planks, and beams. It has been carbon dated between 1600 and 1300BC, shortly after Manning's Thera date. However, the date of 1300BC brings us down to the Amarna era, or possibly a little later, in the early 19th dynasty.

Over in China - see ... lacquer ware has been found in China, dating back 8200 years ago - the earliest ever found. This date corresponds with the drowning of Sunda Land in SE Asia. Were the lacquer ware people migrants from elsewhere? They were unearthed in Yuyao, also known as Jing toushan. A large number of objects have been retrieved, including wood wares with an artificial coating, or lacquer. I(t is well known at other Chinese sites but is usually dated 6 or 7 thousand years ago.

At ... climate change may have affected human bodies - and brains. The research gathered measurements of body and brain size taken from some 300 different fossils. They combined this with dates assigned to sediments, skulls, and bones, with the reconstruction of the world's regional climates over the last one million years. They claim to have found that over this period of time body size appears to have changed at different and various stages in time, and the bigger bodies coincided with cooler weather. Presumably, this is a reference to the Neanderthals, who inhabited Ice Age Eurasia.