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18 Apr 2021
Austronesian DNA

At ... research published in the journal Nature in April of 2021 tells us about diversity amongst the people of the South Pacific islands, as far as DNA heritage is concerned. It is already known that the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and Papua, as well as Australia were occupied by at least 45,000 years ago. However, the more remote islands of the South Pacific were not occupied by humans. It was suggested the indigenous Austronesian peoples had their origins on the island of Taiwan, just 5000 years ago.

18 Apr 2021
A Roman Stately Home

Although factually correct, it is odd the BBC describe it as a stately home rather than a villa. I suppose they consider it fit for a metropolitan elite family rather than a rustic. Villa estates were forerunners of Saxon manor estates, an almost seamless change that took place after the Romans left. The aristocracy survived the break up of the Roman world, via admixture with newcomers. Go to ... the villa was found at Scarborough in North Yorkshire. It had an unusual layout it would seem [see image at link].

18 Apr 2021
Enormous Black Hole re-investigated

At ... the black hole at the core of the galaxy M87 has been intensively studied via multi wavelength observations across the electro-magnetic spectrum. Radio, visible light, ultra violet, X-ray, and gamma ray telescopes revealed the impact of the black hole on the environment around it. Early results show the intensity of light produced by the black hole was lower than previously observed - which producted better conditions for viewing the 'shadow' of the black hole.

14 Apr 2021
Space debris

Sent in by Gary - see ... encounters between the earth and space dust. Or in this instance what they call micrometeorites. The research made use of the pristine snow of Antarctica to find out how much space dust could be found in a chosen square of land. The snow aided the discovery of the particles as it is white and space dust comes in at a darker hue. The exercise enabled them to predict how much space dust collided with earth per each square metre of land - each year.

12 Apr 2021
Amenhotep III city

William sent in the following link - ... archaeologists unearth ancient Egyptian Pompeii near Luxor. It will shine light on the Amarna era. See also .... the remains of the 3000 years old lost golden city 'The Rise of Aten' which was established by Amenhotep III, the father of Akhnaton and grandfather of Tutankhamun.

12 Apr 2021
Genome Analysis

At ... human remains dated 45,000 years ago are said to reveal an unknown migration into Europe. As an add on they suggest these people may even have intermixed with Neanderthals - who did not disappear until 40,000 years ago. Actual tangible evidence of mixing, apart from genetic assumptions that they must have mixed, otherwise why would modern people have a vestige of Neanderthal genes in them. The idea also involves the dates produced by the research.

10 Apr 2021
Intrusions in Diamonds

Jewellers consider intrusions in diamonds a blemish - and they fetch a much lower price than diamonds that gleam more brightly. Geologists, on the other hand, are interested in the intrusions - minerals that got into the diamonds at some point during the process that made the diamonds. It is in fact a crucial factor as far as Plate Tectonics are concerned - or could be if one or two geologists made a point of pointing out that it contradicted the mainstream geological mantra. See ...

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.