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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UPDATE January 01 2020 - Helen and I are happy to report that our Web Editor, John, has now recovered from a nasty bout of flu, but will not be continuing to edit The Morien Institute website in 2020. Thank you to everyone who sent in good wishes for John's speedy recovery.

As Helen and I are working in Frankfurt, and cannot get reliable cluster access to The Morien Institute servers, we are unabale to update the news pages ourselves and Pierrôt has the same problems in Carnac, Brittany. However, Picti in Orkney has found a work around and will do her best to add to John's brilliant editorial achievements over the past 23 years.

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 so Picti can make it as good as possible - Polly



"How Did Humans Boil Water Before the Invention of Pots?"
The Atlantic (USA)

"Winton dinosaur field reveals biggest carnivorous dinosaur ever found in Australia"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Italian archaeologists make ‘extraordinary discovery’ at Kurdistan Region site"
Kurdistan 24 (Kurdistan)

"The Aquatic Neanderthal: They Could Swim and Dive for Clams"
Haaretz (Israel)

"Archaeologists find foundations of pre-Hispanic home in borough of Azcapotzalco"
Mexico Daily News (Mexico)

"Central China discovers earliest wheel ruts" (USA)

"Cryptic suicide note raises suspicions of foul play in Turkish archaeologist's death"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"New Dates for Arrival of Homo erectus in Southeast Asia"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Ancient carvings scraped off rocks on Pangaion Hills by vandal gold-diggers"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Stonehenge Bluestone Stolen for Garden Ornamentation"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Early Humans May Have Scavenged More than They Hunted"
History Channel (USA)

"Possible evidence of early Neolithic farming communities"
The Moorlander (England)

"Ancient Amazon warrior women discovered in Russia"
Fox News (USA)

"Vikings erected a runestone out of fear of a climate catastrophe"
Mirage News (Australia)

"Climate change may have wiped out Saraswati river, Harappan city of Dholavira"
Yahoo India (India)

"Twenty years of discoveries changing story of human evolution"
EarthSky (USA)

"Discovery of ancient Egyptian beads sheds new light on historic trade routes"
The First News (Poland)

"Archaeologists find Mughal-era rainwater drain near Red Fort"
Hindustan Times (India)

"Maya Palace Discovered Deep in the Mexican Jungle"
Live Science (USA)

"Secrets of the Golden House: Hidden Chamber Uncovered in Emperor Nero's Palace"
Sputnik International (Russia)

"Napoleonic-era field kitchens found on Guernsey"
Current Archaeology (UK)

"Caraftu Caves, The Mysterious Lair of Hercules in Western Iran"
Greek Repoerter (Greece)

"Child-sized Weapons Found in Oregon Were Used for Teaching, Anthropologists Say"
Haaretz (Israel)

"Viking ship's buried clues may reveal identities of mystery women"
National Geographic (USA)

"North Yorkshire archaeological sites are in top ten most important"
The Northern Echo (England)

"Group demands Kahului housing project stop digging for iwi kupuna"
Hawaii News Now (Hawaii)

"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]

Part of the Antikythera Mechanism
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"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)

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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)

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"The Smart Neanderthal:
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