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29 Jul 2010
Impact craters on the Moon

Go to ... by comparing modern images of the surface of the moon with images collected by Apollo missions in the 1970s it has been found five new craters have appeared in the past 40 years.

29 Jul 2010
Marden Henge update

The Guardian says archaeologists peeled back a thin layer of turf covering the henge which has miraculously escaped being ploughed up over the last 4,500 years and were astounded to find the undisturbed original surface just as it had been left when the people had tidied up after the ceremonial or community meal described a couple of days ago.

29 Jul 2010
Donkeys and the Royal Society

At there is a report from a paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society on the domestication of donkeys which claims mobile pastoral peoples required animals that could survive the dry landscape of the Sahara over 5000 years ago.

29 Jul 2010

The Daily Star (of the Lebanon - not the red top with the big thingies) (see July 28th) says a British Museum delegation to the Lebanon announced it had discovered significant archaeological remains at Sidon during what is their 12th year of excavations. The finds are important chronologically, it continues, as well as for what they are, as various successive historical eras have been unearthed, as far back as 5000 years ago. It doesn't say when a report will be published.

29 Jul 2010
Homo erectus

At there is a news report issued by Nature on attempts to date, both geologically and historically, a cache of Homo erectus fossils discovered in the 1930s, together with 25,000 vertebrate remains, in Java. Homo erectus in Indonesia potentially lived until the Late Pleistocene at the same time as Homo sapiens inhabited other parts of the world. An expedition back to the site has been made and the bone bed reopened and extended.

29 Jul 2010
The Dead Sea Scrolls

Is this another important discovery - or rather, interpretation (see July 27th. The mystery is solved according to the headline - but is it? New clues suggest the scrolls my have been the textual treasure of a number of groups that were hidden away during a time of war between Jews and Romans.

29 Jul 2010
Swarms of black holes and small rock earth like planets in the Milky Way galaxy

At July 28th there are two interesting stories. The first concerns the claim the Milky Way is rich in small rocky earth like planets (with a video clip of the sky in support of the text). Hence, there are lots of earth like planets out there which might harbour life - which explains why Martin Rees, elsewhere, the Astronomer Royal and Royal Society bigwig, was confident that life would be found in the not too distant future.

28 Jul 2010
Indonesian Geology

At there is a new intepretation of the Banda Arc, a giant 1000km long 180 degree curve in eastern Indonesia which has never been adequately explained. In fact, there has been considerable controversy about how to explain the feature - its origin and evolution. A paper in Nature Geoscience sets out to do just that, using a computer simulation or model.

28 Jul 2010
The Romans in Wales

We know the Romans had a big presence in South Wales as the Welsh inherited a number of loan words from Latin but the discovery of a villa near Aberystwyth has come as a surprise to archaeologists according to the Daily Telegraph. As Aberystwyth sits on a nice estuary with a flat hinterland and was an ideal location for contact with Ireland the surprise is somewhat puzzling - but there you are.

27 Jul 2010
The Dark Age Illuminated ? July 26th ... reports on Canadian excavations at Tell Tayinat in SE Anatolia (previously mentioned on In the News). This story is all about a temple uncovered on the tell which has yielded lots of artifacts and a distinct layering suggesting continuous occupation over a long period of time. The oldest occupation is dated to the 12th and 11th centuries BC - it doesn't elaborate on why this is so, and the project has now reached the late 8th and early 7th centuries BC (again, no reason why is given).