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16 Mar 2010
Horticulture and Agriculture

There is another consensus model under attack. This time the oft repeated claim that plant cultivation made a sudden appearance in the Near East around 10,000 years ago and spread rapidly into Anatolia, the Balkans, through the Mediterranean and across central Europe (in one direction) and into the Indian sub-continent in the other. The spread of farmers into these regions is often integrated with the theory of the spread of language - in both directions. It also affects the way that human genes are being interpreted - in Europe for example.

13 Mar 2010
Dark Flow

Science Daily March 12th ( id100310162829) ... 'Mysterious Cosmic Dark Flow Tracked Deeper into Universe' - distant galaxy clusters mysteriously stream at a million miles per hour it is estimated, along a path roughly centred on the southern constellations of Centaurus and Hydra. We did not set out to find the data - we cannot make it go away, a NASA scientist said, (see March 20th issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters).

13 Mar 2010
Tasmanian Aborigines

Various  web sites are mentioning the discovery of a meeting ground for Aborigines in Tasmania which is reputed to be 40,000 years of age, such as Discovery News 11th March (see ) which is written in US 'politically correct' speak. Roadworks in Tasmania cut into the meeting ground and an absolutely massive site has been unearthed - but only partially.

12 Mar 2010
Stonehenge Queries

In Current Archaeology 241 April 2010, the 'News' section has a short piece on Stonehenge and the most recent discoveries, shallow banks and depressions within the henge earthwork. These may lead to a radical reappraisal of the site. For instance, one low bank has been dubbed the 'north barrow' as it appears to actually underlie in part the enclosing bank and ditch. That would mean it was the earliest earthwork on the site.

12 Mar 2010
The edge of the Trowel

The April issue of Current Archaeology had a feature, 'From the Trowels Edge' where news editor Chris Catling mentions attending a meeting of The Society of Antiquaries that included a talk on the life of the archaeologist, Jacquetta Hawkes. Geoff Wainwright, chairman of the society, shed some light on modern archaeological group-think. He revealed that Hawkes, like himself, had no time for numerologists and measurements such as the Megalithic Yard - or any interest in a hypothetical prehistoric calendar.

12 Mar 2010
'Current Archaeology' - April 2010

Paul and Barbara Brown have discovered, recorded and published hundreds of marked rock faces in northern Britain. The latest example comes from Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stone number 1594 in their collection is a wedge shaped sandstone boulder with 81 cups, 16 of them surrounded by single rings and one with three rings, all incorporated within a sea (or sky?) of shallow 'pecked' grooves. It doesn't seem to have any connection with plasma or aurorae but the ring as a shape was of course reproduced in henges and stone circles, and round barrows.

10 Mar 2010
Neta'im professor Gershon Galil of the Dept of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa has identified Khirbet Qeiyafa as 'Neta'im' which is mentioned in Chronicles. It was a centre of pottery manufacture in the service of the king and interestingly was located near the border with Philistia.

10 Mar 2010
Czechs in Iraq March 8th ... Czech archaeologists have found remnants of a 150,000 years old prehistoric settlement at Arbil in northern Iraq - what is now Kurdistan. The find consisted mainly of stone tools 9m under the surface.

10 Mar 2010
Kutch March 7th ... a large settlement of the Harappa culture has been excavated in the Hindu Kutch. It had been heavily fortified with walls that were 10m thick, and was spread over a hectare in area. The question that might be asked - were the walls built so thick in order to combat earthquakes. It was built at some stage between 2500-2200BC.

10 Mar 2010
Hobbit Fued March 6th ... this is another version of a story posted last week but has some interesting detail not in the initial news report. Indonesian archaeologists on the island of Flores are scouring the cave complex for clues about the ancestors of the fossilised skeleton of the Hobbit. On one side are those who claim the Hobbit is a throwback to much earlier times and critics who say they are modern humans with a genetic disorder that caused the body and brain to shrink - or become dwarf.