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25 Jul 2010
Marden Henge Hog Roast

The Independent July 24th ... David Keys reports on the latest find at Marden Henge near Devizes - the remains of dozens of pigs that had been consumed in what is thought to have been a ceremonial or seasonal feast. Also, the remains of a large timber structure, possibly a temporary affair in which the ceremonial meal was eaten as the pig bones were found in the ground around the building. The building overlooked the river Avon which may be significant as the Avon continued south towards Durrington and the Stonehenge avenue.

25 Jul 2010
Ancient America

The Guardian July 24th .... a study of the remains of a woman who lived on Mexico's Caribbean coast in the early Holocene period is causing a change of attitude among prehistorians. Anthropologists were sure humans initially migrated to the Americas in a short window of time after the end of the Ice Age and came from a limited region in NE Asia. The reconstruction of the woman's face and body have thrown this idea up in the air as she resembles in many details a person akin to modern people in SE Asia - particularly, Indonesia.

23 Jul 2010
Water on the Moon

www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-07/uota-urd072010.php this story, sent in by Garry Gilligan, is all about water on the moon - and how new research is turning what scientists thought they knew on its head. The moon was supposed to be bone dry but researchers found 'lunar dew' and not it has been discovered that water itself is more widespread - on the outside and on the inside of the moon. A comparison has been made with water in volcanic systems on earth.

23 Jul 2010
A Dark Secret

www.physorg.com/print198949672.html ... is another story that might be a repeat, 'Does the Sun hold a dark secret?' - perhaps dark matter is at the centre of the Sun and cooling down its core. Yes, I'm sure this was a Daily Galaxy storyline - but here it comes from the mouth of the scientist concerned rather than a commentator.

22 Jul 2010
News: archaeological stories hot from the press

At www.novinite.com/newsletter/print.php?id=118366 we learn that Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered the palace of the ruler of the Odysian federation of Thracian tribes in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. A fortress and sanctuary in the mountains.

22 Jul 2010
A Bulgarian Loch Ness Monster thingummybob

A report from the Sofia News Agency at www.novinite.com/newsletter/print.php?id=113906 the Water Bull of Rubisha Lake in the NW of the country is set to become a tourist attraction - it is hoped. However, it is an extremely small body of water in comparison to Loch Ness, a mere one square km. It was formed in the Quaternary, between 5 and 2 million years ago, and is over 30m deep. It is the subject of a folktale, or legend, in which it is said to be bottomless.

22 Jul 2010
The Younger Dryas event pops up again

http://cosmictusk.com/guest-blog-rodney-chilton-author-of-sudden-cold-an-examination-of-the-younger-dryas-cold-reversal/ - this post is actually a reposte to NASAs David Morrison who wrote a piece in Skeptical Enquirer that criticised the Younger Dryas cometary connection.

22 Jul 2010
Han Kloosterman and Velikovsky; part 2

George Howard's web site http://cosmictusk.com/deep-time-impact-induced-volcanism-a-collaquy/ is basically a discussion between Hermann Burchard and Han Kloosterman on catastrophism - or that is how it begins. Once again Velikovsky crops up - and our Peter Warlow. Kloosterman syas Velikovsky was more of a scholar than a scientist and he collected some 25 earth reversal myths (1950) and speculated on the earth decelerating and then accelerating in the opposite direction, ignoring the energy problem.

21 Jul 2010
A virtual Stonehenge

BBC News July 19th ... archaeologists intend to 'virtually' excavate Stonehenge and its surrounding environs in a mult-million poun mapping of the terrain and what may lie bured under the ground - with pinpoint accuracy. Millions of measurements will be taken and will then be incorporated into 'gaming' technology to produce 2D and 3D images. Equipment will explore over 14km within the next 3 years, led by Vince Gaffney of the University of Birmingham. Large banks of sensors will be pulled by a quad bike and GPS will the plot the measurements precisely.

21 Jul 2010
What is pulling our universe apart?