Terrestrial Archaeology, Marine Archaeology & Astro-Archaeology News Headlines Archive May 2012

The Morien Institute - The events of July 16th to 22nd 1994, when the remnants of a fragmenting comet, P/Shoemaker-Levy 9, bombarded the surface of Jupiter causing fireballs many times the size of our own planet, were an abrupt wake-up call even for those who were aware of them. The historical sciences generally, and archæology in particular, have collectively painted a picture of the past as if our planet stands alone in empty space. Nothing could be further from reality. Our resilient planet exists in a solar system that has experienced a very dynamic history over the past 20 to 30 millennia, and it is only from this wider solar system perspective that the true history of human civilisation will ever be fully understood. The Morien Institute archive therefore contains relevant material from many disciplines.

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As we enter the 21st century technological advances are coming to the aid of ocean scientists of all descriptions. But it will likely be the Marine Archæologists, whose discoveries on the continental shelves that were once the coastal plains of the archaic world, that will most significantly change our picture of the past. We cannot go on thinking of the past from the scant knowledge available to us from excavations of the remains of ancient peoples discovered solely on the dry land we now live on.


This dry land comprises just 29% of the total surface area of our planet and the remaining 71% is currently ocean. Over the last 15 years or more The Morien Institute has been carefully documenting as much information about new discoveries underwater as we can find, and The Morien Institute Marine Archæology Archive gives just a glimpse of the many recent discoveries showing evidence of sometimes vast coastal settlements that were inundated by the seas in ancient times.


During the last Ice Age the sea-levels were some 300 feet lower than they are today, and a wide band either side of the equator enjoyed a pleasent enough climate for human civilisation to have flourished in many parts of the world. When the sea levels rose as the ice sheets melted many coastal settlements disappeared under the waves – forgotten except in the oral traditions of peoples in every land. These oral traditions represent an invaluable archive of knowledge from the archaic world, but they are almost always dismissed by academic archæologists and prehistorians who have traditionally regarded them simply as ‘quaint myths’ which they claimed have no bearing on reality.


But that is a very foolish perspective. The countless oral traditions of every ancient society that has ever developed on our planet must be preserved at all costs so that future peoples can study the wisdom of ancient peoples with an open mind that was sadly absent from 20th century academic thinking. These oral traditions are now acknowledged as being the invaluable “Indigenous Knowledge” of ancient peoples, and represent a collective understanding of the natural world that had developed through careful observation over countless millennia. Despite the scepticism expressed in academia, we cannot afford to let this ancient knowledge die away simply becasue the supposed “experts” of today cannot understand it.


Neither can we continue to look at the prehistory of human civilisation as if our planet somehow stands alone in empty space. Nothing could be further from reality. Our immediate solar system environment is more of a cosmic shooting gallery’ than a vast expanse of emptiness, and evidence is emerging which shows that the environmental impact of encounters with comets, asteroids and cometary debris has probably been responsible for the destruction of a number of ancient civilisations on many occasions in the prehistory of the archaic world over the past 15 to 20 millennia.


Throughout the last few hundred years, and quite probably before that, individual researchers ranging from the eccentric ‘Gentleman Antiquarians’ of the 17 & 1800s to the so-called ‘dissident professors’ of the 20th century have pursued lines of enquiry which has horrified general academia. These individuals were ridiculed and vociferously opposed by academic archæologists and prehistorians who had often invested a lifetime’s work in what the more honest amongst them might reluctantly admit in private company to have been a totally inaccurate view of human history.


Theories that many megalithic sites began life as some form of observatories acting as ‘early-warning systems’ for imminent impacts of cosmic debris from the break up of a giant comet have been emerging over the last 30 years or so,but are only just beginning to get a proper hearing. Such theories, if proven, could help not only to date these monuments, but would also illustrate how well their builders were oriented in time and space. The simple appreciation that the Earth orbited the Sun and periodically encountered streams of cometary debris suggests that ancient peoples may well have been far more aware of the position of the Earth in the solar system, and the dynamics of the solar system itself, than has previously been suspected.


Dr. Duncan Steel, then of Spaceguard Australia, presented a paper to the Society for Inter-Disciplinary Studies conference at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, in July of 1997, in which he gave details of his research suggesting that the earlier ‘henge circle’ which preceded the stone circles at Stonehenge could have been deliberately constructed to function as a ‘cosmic impact early warning system’.


His paper, “Before the Stones: Stonehenge I as a Cometary Catastrophe Predictor” is must reading for all serious students of ancient astronomy, astro-archæology and prehistory. The Cambridge Conference focussed primarily on the effects of natural catastrophes resulting from the impacts of cometary debris. These impacts were presented as being the likely causes of the sudden collapse, and in many case the total destruction, of various Bronze Age civilisations right across the so-called ‘fertile crescent’ from Greece and Anatolia through Mesopotamia and Afghanistan to Harrapan India.


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Top May 2012 New Discoveries


“Prague district yields up evidence of 5500 BC settlement”

   

“Earliest Musical Instruments Date Back 42,000 Years”

   

“Underwater archaeologists searching for lost village”

   

“Astronomers discovered ancient Egyptian observations of a variable star”

   

“How Dogs May Have Helped Humans Beat the Neanderthals”

   

“Warfare Began with Human Hunter-Gatherers?”

   

“Archaeologists uncover 37,000-year-old wall art in France”

   

“The oldest farming village in the Mediterranean islands is discovered in Cyprus”

   

“Maya art and calendar at Xultun stun archaeologists”

   

“Earliest wall art features female genitalia”

   

“Ancient lost kingdom discovered beneath volcanic ash in Indonesia”

   

“6,000-year-old settlement poses tsunami mystery”

   

“Divers Stumble upon Bronze Statue in Bulgarian Black Sea”

   

“Gassy dinos may have warmed Earth”

   

“Archaeologists find early Stone Age houses in Prague”

   

“Ancient Buddhist temple found in Taklimakan Desert”

   

“Anthropologists Discover New Research Use for Dental Plaque: Examining Diets of Ancient Peoples”

   

“Oldest Astronomical Instrument Discovered in China”

   

“Ancient network of rivers and lakes found in Arabian Desert”

   

“Hebrew seal bearing the name ‘Matanyahu’ uncovered in Jerusalem”

   

“The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project”

   


 


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“Prague district yields up evidence of 5500 BC settlement”

Radio Prague (Czech Republic)


“Trefael Stone reveals stone age burial chamber”

BBC News (UK)


“From Paracas to Wari – the center of cultural activity moves to the highlands”

Peruvian Times (Peru)


“Archeologists to Study Pre-Settlement Hut in Iceland”

Iceland Review Online (Iceland)


“Palaeontologists discover new type of raptor”

ABC Science News (Australia)



“Earliest Musical Instruments Date Back 42000 Years”

Sci-News (USA)



“Oxford and Tübingen scientists have identified what they believe are the world’s oldest known musical instruments.

In their paper in the Journal of Human Evolution, the scientists report new results of radiocarbon dating for animal bones, excavated in the same archaeological layers as the musical instruments and early art, at Geißenklösterle Cave in the Swabian Jura of southern Germany.

The musical instruments take the form of flutes made from the bird bones and mammoth ivory. The animal bones bear cuts and marks from human hunting and eating.

They were excavated at a key site, which is widely believed to have been occupied by some of first modern humans to arrive in Europe.”


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“Rare Canna stone’s a blessing and a curse”

The Scotsman (Scotland)



“Underwater archaeologists searching for lost village”

UpNorthLive (USA)


“1,400-Year-Old Olive Press Uncovered in Modi’in Dig”

Arutz Sheva (Israel)



“Astronomers discovered ancient Egyptian observations of a variable star”

PhysOrg (USA)


“Excavation Season V October-November 2011”

EISP (Easter Island)



“How Dogs May Have Helped Humans Beat the Neanderthals”

The Atlantic (USA)


“Is it a dinosaur, a bird or both?”

ABC Radio – The Science Show (Australia)



“Warfare Began with Human Hunter-Gatherers?”

Popular Archaeology (USA)


“The Dolmen at Monticello”

The Stone Pages – Archaeo News (Italy)


“Time travel to ancient Paphos”

ABC Science News (Australia)



“Archaeologists uncover 37,000-year-old wall art in France”

The Daily Star (Lebanon)


“Maya astronomical tables found daubed on wall”

New Scientist (UK)


“Archeologists unearth Achaemenid city in northeast Iran”

PressTV (Iran)



“The oldest farming village in the Mediterranean islands is discovered in Cyprus”

PhysOrg (USA)



“The oldest agricultural settlement ever found on a Mediterranean island has been discovered in Cyprus by a team of French archaeologists involving CNRS, the National Museum of Natural History, INRAP, EHESS and the University of Toulouse.

Previously it was believed that, due to the island’s geographic isolation, the first Neolithic farming societies did not reach Cyprus until a thousand years after the birth of agriculture in the Middle East ca. 9500 to 9400 BCE.

However, the discovery of Klimonas, a village that dates from nearly 9000 years before Christ, proves that early cultivators migrated to Cyprus from the Middle Eastern continent shortly after the emergence of agriculture there, bringing with them wheat as well as dogs and cats.”


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“6,000 year old pre-farming settlement found in the Burren in County Clare”

Irish Central (Ireland)



“Maya art and calendar at Xultun stun archaeologists”

BBC News (UK)



“Earliest wall art features female genitalia”

ABC Science News (Australia)


“Thieves go on a treasure hunt in Egypt, taking advantage of country’s turmoil”

The Globe & Mail (Canada)


“New light on enigmatic burial rituals in Cambodian mountains”

EurekAlert (USA)


“Stringent laws to arrest artefact plundering”

Ceylon Daily News (Sri Lanka)


“Ancient language discovered on clay tablets found in ruins of 2800 year old Middle Eastern palace”

The Independent (UK)



“Ancient lost kingdom discovered beneath volcanic ash in Indonesia”

PressTV (Iran)


“Glastonbury Abbey excavations reveal Saxon glass industry”

PhysOrg (USA)



“6,000-year-old settlement poses tsunami mystery”

Irish Examiner (Ireland)



“Divers Stumble upon Bronze Statue in Bulgarian Black Sea”

Novinite (Bulgaria)


“Rock analysis suggests France cave art is ‘oldest'”

PhysOrg (USA)


“Excavation site in Qatar reveals ‘surprising’ find”

Gulf Times (Qatar)


“Archaeological find stirs debate on David’s kingdom”

Ha’aretz (Israel)


“Refugees from the Ice Age: How Was Europe Repopulated?”

Science Daily (USA)



“Gassy dinos may have warmed Earth”

ABC Science News (Australia)



“Giant dinosaurs that roamed the Earth millions of years ago may have warmed the planet with the gas they produced from eating leafy plants, say British scientists.

Much like modern cows that emit a significant amount of methane in their digestive process, the 20,000 kilogram sauropods contributed the same way, and likely more, to the warming climate, according to a study published in the journal Current Biology.

The climate during the Mesozoic Era, which spanned 250 million years ago to about 65 million years ago, was believed to be hotter than it is today.

With bulky bodies and long necks that allowed sauropods like the Brontosaurus to graze on grasses or high in the treetops, these creatures were plentiful 150 million years ago, ranging from a few individuals to a few dozen per square kilometre.”


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“Archaeologists find early Stone Age houses in Prague”

Czech Position (Czech Republic)



“Ancient Buddhist temple found in Taklimakan Desert”

XinhuaNet (China)


“Flower power restores colour to ancient Rome”

France 24 (France)


“Archaeologists uncover medieval defences on grounds of historic castle”

STV News (Scotland)


“Much needed makeover for three goddesses”

Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt)


“The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China”

University of Cambridge (England)



“Anthropologists Discover New Research Use for Dental Plaque: Examining Diets of Ancient Peoples”

Science Daily (USA)


“Prehistoric cemetery captured on 3D vision”

Times of Malta (Malta)



“Oldest Astronomical Instrument Discovered in China”

Sci-News (UK)


“Prof. Steinkeller confirms historical identity of Persian Gulf”

IRNA (Iran)


“Time Team – Dunwich”

ABC Television (Australia)


“Learn about Sun and Moon through heritage around us”

Deccan Herald (India)


“1st-Temple-Period Seal Discovered near Western Wall”

Arutz Sheva (Israel)



“Ancient network of rivers and lakes found in Arabian Desert”

PhysOrg (USA)



“Satellite images have revealed that a network of ancient rivers once coursed their way through the sand of the Arabian Desert, leading scientists to believe that the region experienced wetter periods in the past.

The images are the starting point for a major potentially ground-breaking research project led by the University of Oxford into human evolutionary heritage.

The research team will look at how long-term climate change affected early humans and animals who settled or passed through and what responses determined whether they were able to survive or died out.

Until now this part of the world has been largely ignored by scholars despite its critical location as a bridge between Africa and Eurasia. ”


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“Lima’s sacred, pre-Inca ruins fall prey to growth”

Sin Chew Jit Poh (South Korea)


“Sewerage work uncovers ancient tombs”

Cyprus Mail (Cyprus)



“Hebrew seal bearing the name ‘Matanyahu’ uncovered in Jerusalem”

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Israel)



“The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project”

Cardiff/Athens Universities (Cymru/Greece)


“Antikythera Mechanism – World’s earliest existing analogue computer”

HotnHit News (India)


“Decoding an Ancient Computer: Greek Technology Tracked the Heavens”

Scientific American (USA)


“Watch a video explaining the Antikythera mechanism”

Nature (UK)


“World’s First Computer Rebuilt, Rebooted After 2,000 Years”

Wired Gadget Lab (USA)


“Antikythera: A 2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life”

The Guardian Science Blog (UK)


Google image search results for The Antikythera mechanism

Google (USA)


Another mysterious ancient megalithic (massive stone) structure can be found underwater

about half a mile off the coast of the southernmost Japanese island of Yonaguni




Do these Yonaguni undersea relics near Okinawa offer proof of a sophisticated civilization
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“The chalcolithic of the Near East and S.E. Europe: discoveries and new perspectives from the cave complex Areni-1, Armenia”


Antiquity (UK)


“Atmospheric origin of Martian interior layered deposits: Links to climate change and the global sulfur cycle”


Geology (USA)


“Rethinking the Thundering Hordes: How herding nomads created the network that carried civilization across Central Asia more than 4,000 years ago”


Archaeology Magazine (USA)


“Widespread weathered glass on the surface of Mars”


Geology (USA)


“Interpreting the Beaker phenomenon in Mediterranean France: an Iron Age analogy”


Antiquity (UK)


“Ancient Germany’s Metal Traders: Post-Cold War construction boom is exposing evidence of a powerful Bronze Age culture”


Archaeology Magazine (USA)


“Reflections on Astrobiology, Exobiology, Bioastronomy, and Cosmobiology”


Astrobiology (USA)


“The oldest maritime sanctuary? Dating the sanctuary at Keros and the Cycladic Early Bronze Age”


Antiquity (UK)


“Rapid response of Helheim Glacier, southeast Greenland, to early Holocene climate warming”


Geology (USA)


“The Story of a Site and a Project: Excavating Tel Kedesh”

Archaeology Magazine (USA)

 


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