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5 Dec 2011
Some interesting archaeology news-bites

At www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/dec/04/bronze-age-archaeology-fenland/ ... the Cambridgeshire fens have preserved some archaeology intact for 3000 years. Some six hollowed out oak trunks (boats), textile fragments, wicker baskets, and wooden sword handles have been preserved in the peat. How? Well, they are described as beneath a deep layer of peat and silt - and the silt might be a clue.

4 Dec 2011
Circle of Bones, Knowth and Lapita

At www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2011/12/02/3381368.htm ... the Lapita culture has been found around the coastline of southern Papua New Guinea and it is thought Torres Strait Islanders may be direct descendants. The seafaring people are thought to have developed their culture around 3500 years ago on islands on the other side of New Guinea, expanding out into the Pacific Ocean around 1200/1150BC onwards, and colonising Fiji, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, and somewhat later, moving on to Samoa and Tonga.

3 Dec 2011
Bumping the Crust

At www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=japan-earthquake-moves-seafloor we learn that the Fukushima earthquake moved the sea floor as much as 50m laterally and 16m vertically. In addition, the crust as a whole did not move forwards by 50m but varied between the coastline and the nearby trench (thought to be a subduction zone) which means that closer to the coast it was just a movement of a few feet, and out at sea rising to 20 and 30m and even further out to 50m movement.

2 Dec 2011
Fish, using tools to ... fish

At www.physorg.com/print241950691.html ... rather, a fish using a tool to smash open a shell - various species of wrasse do this and there is photographic evidence of a tusk fish doing the same thing. This is distinctly disturbing as we have always been informed that just we humans are that clever. It was bad enough when primates were found to use tools to poke things out of tight places or crack nuts open but then it was found that crafty crows and various other birds, such as the thrush cracking open snails, also used tools in their everyday sort of chore ...

2 Dec 2011
Blowing Bubbles ... in the sky

At www.physorg.com/print241937908.html ... we might ask, is the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way quietly dozing away or is it secretly gobbling all that dares to come alongside? In a paper in Physical Review Letters Subir Sarkar of Oxford University discusses bubbles feeding black holes - or is it vice versa? These bubbles are gigantic structures above and below the centre of the galaxy that were discovered fairly recently and studied by Harvard astrophysicists using material from NASAs Fermi satellite.

2 Dec 2011
Out of Africa ... and cooking pots

The Out of Africa theory dominates anthropology and archaeologists and others are forever looking for evidence in support. At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11/plos-o112811.php we learn that evidence of humans migrating out of Africa has recently been found in South Arabia at a timescale commisserate with consensus ideas. In the Dhofur Mountains of Oman they have found what is described as stone bread crumbs, tools or flakes, of a Middle Stone Age culture that is also known from the Nile Valley.

2 Dec 2011
Mann as opposed to Lamb

At http://judithcurry.com/2011/12/01/the-long-slow-thaw/ is a guest post by Tony Brown which compares Mann's version of the Little Ice Age with that of Hubert Lamb, and makes use of various scribbles by Brian Fagan in the process. Warning - it is a very long read. However, it is also worth downloading to keep as it is so comprehensive - some 20 + pages of text. In his conclusion he notes Lamb used a variety of sources for his temperature analysis of the past 1000 years whereas Mann used proxies that were limited in comparison.

1 Dec 2011
Climategate 2 rumbles on ...

At www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/30/climate_tipping_points/ we learn that climate catastrophe is changing gear and slowing down - and this piece looks at the influence of Han Joachim Schellnhuber, a German physicist highly influential in CAGW and the founder of the Potsdam climate research unit, an advisor to the EU commission and buddy boys with the likes of Angela Merkel and Tony Blair. He seems to have instilled a lot of scary stuff into the polemic of politicians right across Europe.

1 Dec 2011
The flora of tucked away places have a secret to tell

At www.physorg.com/print241878655.html we learn that botanical researchers from Europe and China are looking at remote regions of China to try and discover plants, shrubs and trees that may have survived the Ice Ages - in refugia. One such place they have targeted is in the SW of China, at the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau and close to the border with Burma - the Hengduan Mountains. Apparently, in China a large number of ancient flora still exist - with lineage going back millions of years ago.

1 Dec 2011
Alfred de Grazia is still buzzing - at 90 years and climbing.

The Quantavolution Conference in 2011 took place in October, in Athens (see www.qconference-athens-2011.grazian-archive.com ). Speakers included our very own Trevor Palmer, one of our favourite speakers, Mike Baillie, as well as Amanda Laoupi, Vladimir Rubtsov, and Flavio Barbeiro (who has contributed to SIS). Subjects ranged from doomsday cults, the 2300BC event, extraterrestrial impacts, Celtic myths and comets, plagues, advanced civilisations, sanskrit and ancient Greek gods in heaven with similarities to comets, and volcanic landscapes in the Mediterranean.