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 Archaeology 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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June 2020 News Headlines

UPDATE June 01 2020 - Good News! Picti is still recovering but it is slow though she is back home. Helen and I are still in lockdown at work in Germany, and John has almost recovered from what was first thought to be nasty flu but is likely to have been Covid-19. He still remains to be tested but no reliable tests are available yet.....

The news we can put up will be much reduced but please do keep sending in alerts about news stories so we can make it as good as we possibly can - P & H via Picti



"Study Suggests Elite Dynasty Buried in Ireland’s Passage Tombs"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Stonehenge ground scans uncover giant circle of pits buried near prehistoric monument"
ABC News (Australia)

"Death from above? Fireball may have destroyed ancient Syrian village" (USA)

"Vandals Destroy Magnificent Marble Columns at Ancient Greek City in Albania"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Nabta Playa: The world's first astronomical site was built in Africa and is older than Stonehenge"
Astronomy Magazine (USA)

"Najran poised to become world’s largest open museum of rock inscriptions"
Saudi Gazette (Saudi Arabia)

"Lost Shiva Temple Buried in Sand Discovered by Local Villagers"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"120 million years ago, giant crocodiles walked on two legs in what is now South Korea"
ABC News (Australia)

"6th millennium BC structure discovered in Saudi Arabia"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Thracian pit sanctuary found in Bulgaria’s Bourgas"
The Sofia Globe (Bulgaria)

"Virtual Terracotta Warriors exhibition goes live for Australians"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Ancient 13,000-year-old bird figurine is the oldest Chinese 3D work of art"
ZME Science (USA)

"‘Most extensive’ field research in central Iranian plateau yields 21 historical sites"
Tehran Times (Iran)

"Largest And Oldest Maya Monument Discovered With LiDar"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"Evidence of rare Neolithic textiles discovered in Orkney"
Belfast Telegraph (Ireland)

"The dinosaur killing asteroid hit the Earth at the most devastating possible angle"
Universe Today (USA)

"Remains of 'Lady in the Well' in Turkey reveal Asia to Med migration began 4,000 years ago"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Study proposes the low genetic diversity of Neanderthals as the principal cause of their extinction"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Archaeologists found at the bottom of the Nile, the mythical city of the Egyptian pharaohs"
The Times Hub (India)

"Meteor Impact that Wiped Out the Dinosaurs Created Vast Underground Hydrothermal System"
Universe Today (USA)

"Israelites burned cannabis in worship"
Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea)

"Persepolis – Ceremonial Capital of the Achaemenid Empire"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"1,800 years ago, sages prohibited drinking from this ‘idolatrous’ waterspout"
The Times of Israel (Israel)


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May 2020 News Headlines

UPDATE May 01 2020 - Good News! Picti is now out of hospital and did not need to go onto a ventilator. She will take a few weeks to recover but is back home. Helen and I are still in lockdown at work in Germany, and John has almost recovered from what was first thought to be nasty flu but is likely to have been Covid-19. He remains to be tested as none available yet.....

The news we can put up will be much reduced but please do keep sending in alerts about news stories so we can make it as good as we possibly can - P & H & J



"Global Cooling Event 4,200 Years Ago Spurred Rice’s Evolution, Spread Across Asia"
NewsWise (USA)

"Evidence suggests prehistorical Iranians migrated to Americas"
Tehran Times (Iran)

"Archaeological findings provide key proof of Chinese civilization origin"
China.Org (China)

"Chemical Analysis Detects Dairy in Hunter-Gatherer Pots"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Bones in a Bulgarian cave prove Homo sapiens came to Europe much earlier"
RFI (France)

"Archaeology shows how ancient African societies managed pandemics"
The Conversation Trust (UK)

"Over 10,000 petroglyphs identified in northwest Iran"
Tehran Times (Iran)

"Archaeology offers clues to pandemic rebounds from the past"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Archaeologists find Neolithic quay near Newgrange"
Irish Central (Ireland)

"From fish to rat: how early humans' tastes changed on long trip to Australia"
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

"1,700 Year Old Board Game Found in Early Iron-Age Norwegian Burial Mound"
Sputnik News (Russia)

"Cahokia's rise parallels onset of corn agriculture"
Illinois News Bureau (USA)

"After 12 years, a giant pre-Hispanic jar tells its story"
Mexico News Daily (Mexico)

"Over 10,000 Extremely Rare Relics Unearthed From Ming Battlefield"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Oshnavieh, an archaeologist’s paradise"
Tehran Times (Iran)

"The Grand Egyptian Museum receives 42 pieces of Khufu's second ship"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"Was history's greatest fossil fraudster a Lewes solicitor?"
The Argus (England)

"COVID-19 Burial Reveals Ancient Skeleton, Artifacts In Iran"
Radio Farda (Iran)

"During tough times, ancient ‘tourists’ sought solace in Florida oyster feasts"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"Drones aid exploration of buried, pre-Hispanic settlements in Michoacán"
Mexico News Daily (Mexico)

"Archaeologists discover 3,600-yr-old Egyptian teenage mummy littered with bridal jewelry"
IB Times (Singapore)

"Archaeologists unearth secret tunnel at Østerport Station"
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark)

"The Hittites' fast war chariots threatened mighty Egypt"
National Geographic (USA)


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April 2020 News Headlines

UPDATE April 01 2020 - As Helen and I are working in Frankfurt and cannot get back to UK until Covid-19 pandemic infection controls are lifted. Picti has developed a nasty cold and is being tested in the next few days. Helen and I are in lockdown in our offices and are all OK.

The news we can put up will be much reduced from that in previous years, but please do keep sending in alerts about news stories and they will be put up whenever possible - Polly



"Israeli Archaeologists Find Hidden Pattern at ‘World’s Oldest Temple’ Göbekli Tepe"
Ha'aretz (Israel)

"Unearthed Ancient British chieftain and probable shaman reveal secrets about old burial rituals"
The Independent (UK)

"Ancient tomb uncovered in Central Link works to be moved 10m"
Malta Today (Malta)

"Study Suggests Tooth Shapes Can Track Genetic Relationships"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Archaeological survey aims to spotlight cultural sequence in northwestern Iran"
Tehran Times (Iran)

"New Site Identified For Battlefield Of Hannibal’s First Great Victory"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"ASI officials wary of large number of snakes, scorpions in Golconda fort post-lockdown"
The New Indian Express (India)

"Diverse livelihoods helped resilient Levänluhta people survive a climate disaster"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"Prehistoric Peoples of the Baltic Had Oddly Broad Cuisines"
Ha'aretz (Israel)

"Historic haul of Australian amber fossils includes ants, spiders and fornicating flies"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Iranian Archaeologists Discover Ancient Bas-Relief in West"
Tasnim News Agency (Iran)

"Ancient Britons didn't eat hares or chickens -- they venerated them"

"Who lived near Pömmelte, the 'German Stonehenge'?"
Deutsche Welle (Germany)

"Fossilised seal tooth found on Portland beach reveals fate of Australia's 'true' seals"
ABC News (Australia)

"Royal tombs untouched by grave robbers"
The Korean Times (South Korea)

"Amazonian crop domestication began at least 10,000 years ago"

"EUS returns two seized statues to Kingdom"
The Phnom Pehn Post (Cambodia)

"Direct evidence of Neanderthal fibre technology and its cognitive and behavioral implications"
Nature (UK)

"Egypt launches virtual tours of archaeological sites amid COVID-19 outbreak"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Skull of a toddler is the oldest known fossil of the earliest human, Homo erectus"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Modern humans, Neanderthals share a tangled genetic history, study affirms"
Science Daily (USA)

"Archaeologist casts new light on ancient people of western Mexico"
Mexico Daily News (Mexico)

"Revolutionary new method for dating pottery sheds new light on prehistoric past"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Göbekli Tepe, Birth of Civilization and Religion"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Exploring ideology on a Pictish carved stone"
Current Archaeology (UK)

"Hawass: New antiquities' website is Egypt’s gift to the world"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"A Genome Study Has Caught Humans And Neanderthals Having Lots of Sex All Over Eurasia"
Science Alert (USA)

"Yemen’s Houthis: Saudi coalition destroyed 475 archaeological sites"
Middle East Monitor (Yemen)

"Ingeniously Engineered ‘Watercourts’ Fueled Florida’s Calusa Kingdom"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Mysterious ancient ritual site dating back 5000 years discovered in Iraq"
The Express (UK)

"Istanbul's Rezan Has Museum presents 44 archaeological artifacts in 3D"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project"
Cardiff/Athens Universites (Cymru/Greece)
[In October 1900, Captain Dimitrious Kondos was leading a team of sponge divers near the the island of Antikythera off the coast of Greece. They noticed a shipwreck about 180 feet below the surface and began to investigate. Amongst the artifacts that they brought up was a coral-encrusted piece of metal that later archaeologists found was some sort of gear wheel.

The rest of the artifacts, along with the shape of the boat, suggested a date around 2000 years ago, which made the find one of the most anomalous that had ever been recovered from the Greek seas. It became known as The Antikythera Mechanism.

In 2006 the journal "Nature" published a
letter, and another paper about the mechanism was published in 2008, detailing the findings of Prof. Mike G. Edmunds of Cardiff University. Using high-resolution X-ray tomography to study the fragments of the anomalous Antikythera Mechanism, they found that it was in fact a bronze mechanical analog computer that could be used to calculate the astronomical positions and various cycles of the Moon - as seen from the Earth: - Ed]

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More Antikythera Mechanism Information & Commentary:

"Human Skeleton Found on Famed Antikythera Shipwreck"
Scientific American (USA)

"Scientists decipher purpose of mysterious astronomy tool made by ancient Greeks"
CBC News (Canada)

"Beyond the Antikythera mechanism"
Nature Blogs (UK)

"Archimedes’ legendary sphere brought to life"
Nature News (UK)

"Discovery about the Antikythera Mechanism reveals surprising advances in early Greek science"
University of Puget Sound (USA)

"World's oldest computer is more ancient than first thought... "
The Daily Mail Online (UK)

"New international mission ready to explore Antikythera shipwreck"
eKathimerini (Greece)

"Return to Antikythera: Divers revisit wreck where ancient computer found"
The Guardian Science Blog (UK)

"In search of lost time"
Nature (UK)

"World’s First Computer Displayed Olympic Calendar"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Antikythera Mechanism - World's earliest existing analogue computer"
HotnHit News (India)

"In search of lost time"
Nature (UK)

"Imaging the Antikythera Computer"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Decoding an Ancient Computer: Greek Technology Tracked the Heavens"
Scientific American (USA)

"2,000 Year Old Computer Yields Her Secrets"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Watch a video explaining the Antikythera mechanism"
Nature (UK)

"Antikythera mechanism"
Wikipedia (USA)

"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)



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