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9 Apr 2021
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6 Apr 2021
Salt and Farming

At ... discovery by Stephen Sherlock. At Loftus, on the Yorkshire Moors, there is a neolithic site going back 5800 years ago [early 4th millennium BC]. Charcoal deposits have been found on earlier occasions, as well as pottery etc. Now they have found evidence of Neolithic salt extraction from sea water. Salt has been an important product for many yearsd and old salt routes [including pack horse trails] were a feature of the medieval period, and are well documented.

6 Apr 2021
More Archaeology in April

In Current Archaeology 374 April/ May 2021, we have a piece on St Kilda [see also ] ... and click on the PDF link for full article. Prior to redevelopment of a Ministry of Defence site, and its surroundings, on St Kilda, there was an extensive archaeological investigation [as required by  law]. St Kilda sits in the Atlantic, west of the Scottish Hebrides islands. Large quantities of Iron Age pottery was found across the entirety of the development site.

5 Apr 2021
A Greenland Cave

Sediments from a cave in NE Greenland tell a story. It was warm and wetter in the past. However, this is dated half a million years ago. See ... and has nothing to do with conditions during the medieval period. The big take home of the story is that NE Greenland is firmly within the Arctic as far as climate is concerned. Even a pole movement would  not alter that to any great degree. However, half a million years ago the situation was quite different. This was determined by flow stone in the cave.

4 Apr 2021
Strange Planets

At ... two strange planets, Neptune and Uranus. Both have skewed magnetic fields and both are tilted. The reason for this has been a long time mystery. Innovative computer modelling has come to the rescue.

At ... x-rays emitted by Uranus have been detected once again. This story has also popped up at on Good Friday, 2nd April. What could cause Uranus to emit x-rays?

4 Apr 2021
Biosphere Below

Sent in by Robert [withg a hat tip to Louis]. At ... scientists discover a massive biosphere miles below eath's surface. It has long been thought that organisms, such as bacteria, living in the soil, made up a quarter of all life on earth. In a new study, 'the deep carbon observatory', suggest up to 70 per cent of bacteria, and archaea [single cell micro-organisms] live  beneath our feet. Although many micro organisms live near the surface, others live deep within the earth, miles down.

3 Apr 2021
Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant was a popular street and place name once upon a time. There is also a Neolithic henge known as Mount Pleasant. In British Archaeology [April, 2021], a magazine sold in newsagents, we have an article on the henge [page 38]. It is located close to Dorchester, the county town of Dorset. It is a big henge but unlike Avebury it has no stones, or sarsens. It is 370m across and comprises a chalk bank 4m in height and 16m wide. The inner ditch has a depth of around 3m [not far short of 9 feet deep].

3 Apr 2021
Redating the Plague

At ... which is a thesis by Monica Green published as 'The Four Black Deaths' in the American Historical Review in December of 2020. It basically re-writes the history of the black death by assuming it conformed to ordinay disease patterns. The basic claim is that it was not an extraordinary event and did not just suddenly emerge out of nowhere and wipe out a large portion of the developed world, at that time.

1 Apr 2021
Genetics in South America

At ... Australasian genetic influence was widespread in South America, much more than previously thought. That is the claim. Not only is it apparent in the Amazon rainforest zone but has been discerned across a wide spectrum of South America, including Patagonia for example. These peoples early on inhabited both South Asia [including India] and probably SE Asia as well as the Melanisian islands [such as the Solomons], New Guinea and Australia. How did they get to the Americas?

1 Apr 2021
Comet Borisov

Comet 21/Borisov, an interstellar object it is thought, is uniquely pristine we are told - see ... Discovered by amateur comet searcher Gennady Borisov, back in 2019, has been confirmed to have an origin outside our solar system. See ... for further enlightenment.