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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December 2019 News Headlines



UPDATE December 07 2019 - Helen and I have only just discovered that our Web Editor, John, has been ill for several weeks. Firstly with Noro Vius that lasted 3 weeks, then shortly afterwards with a serious bout of flu over the past 3 weeks. As we work in Frankfurt, and John was not responding to emails or phone calls Helen flew over to see what was up, and rang a doctor immediately as he was having great trouble breathing properly.

John is now being treated but will not return to Web Editor duties. The rest of us have decided, with John's agreement, that next year the news pages will no longer be updated. We will focus on finding somewhere new to live for John after what he thought of as an old friend deliberate;ly sabotaged his efforts to move back to South Wales in late September. The motive? Jealousy at John amazing achievement in running The Morien Institute website over the past 23 years.

John will instead focus on writing books and making documentaries about his lifelong research into ancient people's fascination and concern with events visible in the ancient skies on every continent around the world as evidenced by the astronomilcally-aligned remains they left behind. Helen and I will help him in this as will Picti in Orkey and Pierot in Carnac, Brittany. We five constitute The Morien Institute 'working group'.



"Scythian Amazon Found in Remarkable Discovery by Russian Archaeologists"
Sputnik News (Russia)

"Who is This Egyptian Indiana Jones?"
Al-Bawaba (Jordan)

"Orkney archaeological find may be ancient 'figure' stones"
The Herald (Scotland)

"Khuwy tomb, one of the 10 most important archaeological discoveries in 2019"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"Rock Hard: Phallic Stone Excites Swedes"
Life in Norway (Norway)

"5,000-year-old settlement with moat found in E. China" (China)

"Archaeology breakthrough: Scientists discover how the Inuit conquered North America"
The Sunday Express (UK)

"When Lucknow worshipped the god of war"
The Times of India (India)

"Frozen 18,000-year-old pup found in eastern Russia stuns scientists"
ABC News (Australia)

"Drones create aerial survey of ancient pueblo"
Albuquerque Journal (USA)



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November 2019 News Headlines



"Rare box-shaped Viking brooch found in Northeastern Estonia"
ERR (Estonia)

"A carved rock found in Jordan may be the oldest known chess piece"
Science News (USA)

"Viking Ship Over 1,000 Years Old Found in Eastern Norway" - video
Sputnik News (Russia)

"New archeological site discovered in Oman"
Times of Oman (Oman)

"Did human hunting activities alone drive great auks’ extinction?"
eLife (UK)

"Roman-era catacomb discovered at Saqqara necropolis"
Ahram Online (Egypt)

"Reidi tee work yields puzzle as modern tin can found in ancient shipwreck"
ERR (Estonia)

"Sacred Egyptian ibises were wild birds"
Cosmos Magazine (Australia)

"Japan team finds 143 stunning new images in Nazca Lines of Peru"
The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
"Japanese researchers discovered 143 stunning geoglyphs of humans, birds, camels and other animals etched into the desert in southern Peru around the mysterious Nazca Lines.

One image was found using AI technology, which was backed up by an on-site investigation.

Yamagata University studied the area between 2016 and 2018, and announced its findings on Nov. 15.

A research team headed by Masato Sakai, a professor specializing in anthropology, said the geoglyphs are concentrated on the west side of the plateau, stretching about 10 kilometers north to south.

In its entirety, the Nazca plateau stretches 20 kilometers east to west and 15 km north to south."

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[What an amazing new discovery in Peru by the Japanese archaeologists! The more people look at this area from the air the more geoglyps there seems to be. Well done Asahi Shimbun for bringing this find to the wider global audience.

It's well worth vsiting the site to read the full story and see the image of a new geoglyph - Ed.]

"Ancient Warrior Graves 2,000 Years Old Discovered near Bejsce"
PAP (Poland)

"Climate change may be behind fall of ancient empire, say researchers"
The Guardian (UK)

"Iron Age DNA sheds light on Finns’ genetic origin"
YLE (Finland)

"Ancient Inca City Located 13,000 Feet High in Peruvian Andes Revealed by Laser Technology"
News Week (USA)

"Archaeologists unearth ancient settlement in SE Turkey"
Anadolu Agency (Turkey)

"Radiocarbon dating and cultural dynamics across Mongolia’s early pastoral transition"
Plos One (USA)

"New archaeological season begins in Burnt City"
Tehran Times (Iran)

"Mammoth-Hunting Pits Discovered in Mexico"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Searching for Doggerland: stones, bones and a world submerged by climate change"
ABC Radio National (Australia)

"Monte Verde: Our Earliest Evidence of Humans Living in South America"
Discover Magazine (USA)
"As the Ice Age began to wane, people from northeastern Asia spread to the Americas, some of the last uninhabited continents on Earth.

The pioneers travelled south of mile-high ice sheets covering Canada and found vast lands, abounding with mammoth, giant sloth and other now-extinct megafauna.

This much has been known for decades.

But when it comes to the details, debates have raged over precisely when and how humans populated the New World.

Today, the story is beginning to take shape, thanks to well-dated archaeological sites, DNA analysis and geological work to understand when ice and sea levels permitted entry to the Americas.

It's clear that people occupied the continents by about 15,000 years ago, probably taking a route along the Pacific coast.

And one site, perhaps more than any other, helped scholars reach this conclusion: Chile's Monte Verde."

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[Another excellent story from Discover Magazine! That ancient peoples were in South America this long ago suggests some mainstream archaeologists will have to rewrite their timelines - again.

It's well worth vsiting the site to read the full story and see the images - Ed.]

"Chinese, Uzbek scientists unveil mystery of ancient city in Central Asia"
ECNS (China)

"Tamil Nadu Dig Strikes Gold, Re-Writes Indian Pre-History"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Keeladi: Unearthing the 'Vaigai Valley' Civilisation of Sangam era Tamil Nadu"
The Hindu (India)

"1,700-yr-old tomb found in central China"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Scientists Say New Research Tracing The Origin Of Modern Humans To Botswana Is Deeply Flawed"
Gizmodo Australia (Australia)

"Scientists reconstruct Ötzi the Iceman’s frantic final climb"
National Geographic (USA)

"Excavation In Gottiprolu, AP, Indicate It As Trade Centre Of Early Historic Period"
League of India (India)

"11,300 Year-Old Mini Göbekli Tepe Unearthed In Turkey"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Archaeologists dig in after ancient ruins found on Apollo site"
The Herald (Ireland)

"Searching for Doggerland: stones, bones and a world submerged by climate change" - Audio Only
ABC Radio National (Australia)

"Archeologists discover Dark Age treasure: ‘Most important Anglo-Saxon find in history"
Daily Express (UK)


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October 2019 News Headlines



"Colon moss solves mystery of Otzi the iceman"
9News (Australia)

"‘Supernatural’ Bronze Age find could shed light on one of London’s greatest prehistoric mysteries"
The Conversation (UK)

"Scientists trace modern humans to a single giant wetland in southern Africa"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Stone Age houses discovered at Yorkshire quarry could be first surviving examples using timber"
The Yorkshire Post (England)

"Baby feeding bottles from the days of yore"
The Hindu (India)

"‘Supernatural’ Bronze Age find could shed light on one of London’s greatest prehistoric mysteries"
The Independent (UK)

"Early Celts believed wine should be for all"
Cosmos (Australia)

"Did colliding space rocks change the climate for ancient humans?"
Astronomy Magazine (USA)
"Scientists recently found new evidence that an extraterrestrial collision 12,800 years ago may have triggered a period of abrupt climate change known as the Younger Dryas.

In the space of just a couple of years, average temperatures abruptly dropped, resulting in temperatures as much as 14 degrees Fahrenheit cooler in some regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

Layers of ice in Greenland show that this cool period in the Northern Hemisphere lasted about 1,400 years.

This climate event, called the Younger Dryas by scientists, marked the beginning of a decline in ice-age megafauna, such as mammoth and mastodon, eventually leading to extinction of more than 35 genera of animals across North America.

Although disputed, some research suggests that Younger Dryas environmental changes led to a population decline among the Native Americans known for their distinctive Clovis spear points.

Some geologists, however, subscribe to what is called the impact hypothesis: the idea that a fragmented comet or asteroid collided with the Earth 12,800 years ago and caused this abrupt climate event.

Along with disrupting the glacial ice-sheet and shutting down ocean currents, this hypothesis holds that the extraterrestrial impact also triggered an 'impact winter' by setting off massive wildfires that blocked sunlight with their smoke.

The evidence is mounting that the cause of the Younger Dryas' cooling climate came from outer space."

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[We would not normally re-publish this amount of material from any source. But the importance of this excellent study, which has confirmed the work of many other scientists who also came to the same conclusions about the Younger Dryas event 12,800 years ago, needed a longer introduction in order to encourage readers to visit the Astronomy Magazine website to read the full article.

The many links to previous studies that arrived at the same conclusion that the Younger Dryas event was caused by an extraterrestrial impact of cometary debris, or asteroid impact, are really well worth following.

That way you will get as full a bigger picture as the author of this study has reviewed in conjunction with his own study of the White Pond lake sediments found in southern Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA.

We cannot recommend highly enough a thorough reading of the full story - Ed.]

"Huge dinosaurs evolved different cooling strategies to prevent their brains overheating"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"Questionable artefact replaced in Museum of the Bible"
The Asian Age (India)

"Bronze Age 'New York' discovered, Israeli archaeologists say"
Deutsche Welle (Germany)

"Ancient Middle Eastern astrologers recorded the oldest-known evidence of aurorae"
Astronomy Magazine (USA)

"Egypt Discovers Archaeological Industrial Zone in Luxor's 'Valley of the Monkeys'"
News18 (India)

"Hundreds Of Viking Sword Fragments Discovered In Estonia"
Forbes (USA)

"Spectacular Gold Treasures of Ancient Africa Revealed"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Hawass announces 2 remarkable archaeological discoveries in Luxor"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"Amateur archaeologists find evidence of Sangam period town"
The Hindu (India)

"Israeli archaeologists discover 5,000-year-old 'cosmopolitan' city buried next to highway"
ABC News (Australia)
"The remains of a large, 5,000-year-old city have been discovered in Israel, shedding new light on experts' understanding of the period, Israel's Antiquities Authority says.

Calling it a 'cosmopolitan and planned city', the authority said the early Bronze Age settlement covered 160 acres and was home to about 6,000 people.

'We have here an immense urban construction, planned with streets that separate neighbourhoods and public spaces', Yitzhak Paz, a director of excavation, said.

The discovery cast doubts on the colonial Aryan Migration Theory (AMT), popularly called AIT (Aryan Invasion Theory).

'In this city, we have a planned settlement with a whole net of streets and alleys and squares, drainage installations and a storage installation.'

The Antiquities Authority said that during the dig, archaeologists also found evidence of an earlier settlement dating back 7,000 years underneath the city's houses."

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[What an amazing discovery in this area of the middle east! Though not surprising given the general area was settled many thousands of years before this date, an urban construction complete with drainage is nevertheless very rare.

The images on the ABC News site are well worth a visit to see while reading the full story - Ed.]

"Turkish dam consigns cradle of civilisation to a watery grave"
The Sunday Times (UK)

"Return to the Antikythera shipwreck as underwater archaeology resumes"
Neos Kosmos (Greece)

"Egyptian police uncover artifact gang, seize ancient relics"

"Sunset on Turkey’s massive stone heads"

"Hoard of gold coins found in Bulgaria’s Devnya"
The Sofia Globe (Bulgaria)

"Sri Lanka’s Sophisticated Stone Tools Dated to 48,000 Years Ago"
Cosmos Magazine (Australia)

"Uncovering secrets of mystery civilization in Saudi Arabia"
BBC News (UK)

"Gigantic Prehistoric City Found in Israel During Roadworks"
Ha'aretz (Israel)

"Norwegian archaeologists found the 'house of the dead' the days of the Vikings"
The MICE Times of Asia (Singapore)

"Ancient DNA traces the Black Death to Russia’s Volga region"
Science Magazine (USA)

"Ram temple existed before Babri mosque in Ayodhya"
The Times of India (India)

"Project launched to uncover secrets of mysterious sea wrecks off Chesil Beach"
Dorset Echo (England)

"Archaeological find from Dubai unveiled at Louvre Abu Dhabi"
The National (UAE)

"Grand Egyptian Museum receives 331 artifacts, including 42 that belonged to King Tut"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)

"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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Antikythera Mechanism Research Project

2000-year-old analog computer recreated

More Antikythera Mechanism Information & Commentary:

"Return to the Antikythera shipwreck as underwater archaeology resumes"
Neos Kosmos (Greece)

"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)


"Atlantis Pyramids Floods"


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"Researchers have many questions regarding both the Great Flood and Atlantis: Which areas were flooded? Where did the flood waters come from? What caused the flooding? How was Atlantis destroyed? Where was Atlantis located?

The short answers: Noah's Flood was caused by tsunami waves that covered all the costal areas around the Atlantic Ocean.

They also flooded the Mediterranean Basin temporarily raising sea level above 600 feet.

The tsunamis were created by comet fragments that landed in the ocean and within the Americas.

Some estimations claim that over 500,000 comet fragments hit the Americas. The craters are called Carolina Bays.

These craters are concentrated along the Atlantic seaboard within the coastal states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and as far away as Nebraska.

Atlantis was part of Plato's boundless continent, North America. Plato: '. . .and the surrounding land may be most truly called a boundless continent."

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