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30 Jul 2020
Grape Pips

At ... grape pips revealed the collapse of the Roman empire involved plague and climate change. The paper is published in PNAS - see ... Israeli archaeologists have found evidence of economic decline on the fringe of the Byzantine empire in the aftermath of the 6th century AD pandemic. The research reconstructs the rise and  fall of commercial viticulture in what is now the Negev desert. They did this by sifting through the rubbish, or trash, dump.

30 Jul 2020
Carolina Ponding

At ago-triggered-an-abrupt-climate-change-for-earth/ ... new evidence that an extraterrestrial collision 12,800 years ago triggered an abrupt climate change for earth. This is a new paper with lead Christopher Moore, University of South Carolina. The idea the Younger Dryas cooling event was caused by an impact, or by space debris, is highly controversial. This fairly obvious by reading the comments. Some people are almost religiously opposed to the idea of catastrophism.

30 Jul 2020
David Lappin on dating the MK

New Chronology groups threw up a new paper by David Lappin, 'Observations of the Moon, Sirius, and Solar Eclipses: dating the MK and NK in Egypt (Part One)' ... See ... David Lappin is described as an astronomer and does not appear to be the historian of the same name. It involves the dating of MK pharaohs Senuseret III to 1690-1679 and Amenemhat III to 1679-1633BC.

1 Aug 2020
A Cloud over Mars

The link was provided by Gary. At ... and concerns an mysterious cloud on Mars which is over 1000 miles in length. It was spotted back in 2018 and then went away. It is now back. Researchers think it is made of water ice ...


3 Aug 2020
Neanderthal Caves in Italy

At ... basically, what we have here  apart from the discovery of a Neanderthal presence in some caves in Italy is evidence of sea level fluctuations in the Mediterannean during the Middle Palaeolithic period. Caves in Italy provide evidence of changing sea levels between 124,000 and 80,000 years ago. This is said to be interesting for those researching how ice impacts on rising sea levels, and appears to have become the main focus of the press release.

3 Aug 2020
Volcanoes, not meteors

At ... a sediment core from a Texas cave is said to  solve the mystery of what set in motion the Younger Dryas event. Instead of the extraterrestrial impact event we have volcanic eruptions that set in motion the downturn in climate. For over 1300 years the temperatures are  said to have dropped by an average of 3 degrees, one of the factors that has hampered the acceptance of the meteor storm as an explanation. Can volcanoes cause a prolonged downturn in climate.

5 Aug 2020
Sarsen Stones

Sent in by William and sitting in my 'to do' tray for a couple of weeks. At ... which concerns the big sarsen stones. It has long been assumed they were picked up from the surface, especially from the Marlborough Downs, as sarsens can still be seen poking out of the ground. The sarsens are made of sandstone which is usually dated to the Palaeogene - following on from the chalk laid down in the Cretaceous.

6 Aug 2020
Fire in Late Glacial Maximum

At ... during the Late Glaical Maximum, when ice sheets are thought to have been at their greatest extent (in the last 100,000 years), fire activity in the natural environment seems to have been an order of magnitude more prevalent than today. We are talking about the period, 26,000 to 19,000 years ago, after which the ice sheet seems to have shrunk.

6 Aug 2020
A Tale of Beaks

The link was sent in by Robert - go to ... which takes us back to a small fossil found in amber. It was originally thought to be a lizard, but diminutive. Then, some months ago it was re-identified in a Nature paper with a dinosaur that was bird like. Now, it has gone back to being a lizard - and its row of teeth play a major part in that decision. As it is preserved in amber the fossil is small and a magnifying glass or microscope is required.

6 Aug 2020
Mars on Ice

At  (3rd August 2020) .. a stream of solar wind has arrived and is causing geomagnetic  unrest around the poles. It is blowing out of a hole on the Sun's atmosphere. Meanwhile, we also have a sunspot brewing from the new solar cycle, 25. This indicates the new cycle is now alive and is popping its head above the solar minimum. Unfortunately, we have a La Nina brewing so no hope of global warming later this year.