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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"Archaeologists in Athens uncover 2,500-year-old Greek mystery by CSI tests"
Tornos News (Greece)
"Copper in Ötzi the Iceman’s ax came from surprisingly far away"
Science News (USA)
"Another pre-Hispanic find in Mexico City"
Mexico News Daily (Mexico)
"Human occupation of northern Australia by 65,000 years ago"
Nature - article preview (UK)
"T-rex 'not strong enough' for running locomotion, researchers say"
ABC News (Australia)
"Divers Find 8 More Wrecks at Sunken-Ship Hotspot in Greece"
Live Science (USA)
"Secret Stone Age engravings can only be seen at night, archaeologists find"
RT News (Russia)
"The big Buddha's of Bamiyan"
The Island (Sri Lanka)
"Ancestors of Stonehenge people could be buried inside uncovered 'house of the dead'"
PhysOrg (USA)
"EU Plans Crackdown on Antique and Art Smuggling That Funds Terror"
HETQ (Armenia)
"Land acquisition process gets underway in Gotihawa"
The Kathmandu Post (Nepal)
"Maori culture and history"
ABC RN News (Australia)
"Hands Off the Antiquities"
The American Interest (USA)

"Ancient monuments damaged in Preseli Hills"
Tivyside Advertiser (Cymru)
"Archaeologists and conservationists have repeated a plea to visitors to leave ancient sites and monuments in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park as they find them.

Rocks from Foel Drygarn and Carn Meini (also known as Carn Menyn) in the Preseli Hills are being moved or taken away by visitors who may be unaware of their protected status and significance.

The Preseli Hills has been inhabited for thousands of years, with prehistoric monuments sitting in a landscape of natural cliffs and crags. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

'At Carn Meini we found a number of stones that had been hammered and a stash of broken up bits of bluestone.

Carn Meini’s greatest claim to fame is that its dolerite rock is the famous bluestone that was used to build the inner ring of Stonehenge.'"
[Read The Full Story]

[Ever since Carn Meini was identified as the source of the blustones used at Stonehenge various idiots have gone up there and chipped off bits of the dolerite bluestone to take home as souvenirs.

The Presceli mountain area is the legendary site of the gateway to the ancient celtic underworld - Annwn. If grabbing bits of stone is your intention don't go up there in the mist. You may never return. Please do read the full story - Ed.]

"Ruins on the Tropic of Cancer"
The Hundu (India)
"Pictured: the remains of a Stone Age fish supper from 8,000 years ago"
The Siberian Times (Russia)
"How kings really lived in Cornwall"
Pirate FM Cornwall (Kernow)
"Pin-drop test pops Greek amphitheater’s acoustic claims"
Science News (USA)
"Excavation works resume on 2,100-year-old marble statue of Cybele in northern Turkey"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)
"Tattooed Princess Ukok, the First Breast Cancer Patient in History"
Netral News (Indonesia)
"Hundreds of Stone Tombs Discovered in Land of 'Dead Fire'"
Live Science (USA)
"Mosaic floor from Roman period uncovered in Alexandria"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"Ancient stone monuments may have been used for mysterious moonlit ceremonies... "
The Telegraph (UK)
"Pearls, Viking swords, spears and shields among hundreds of items excavated in N. Iceland"
Iceland Magazine (Iceland)
"Easter Island not victim of 'ecocide', analysis of remains shows"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"Greek archaeologist unearths ancient buildings and bridge in Alexandria, Egypt"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Ancient-genome studies grapple with Africa’s past"
Nature (UK)
"Ignored for too long by researchers, ancient humans who lived in Africa thousands of years ago are finally having their genomes studied.

Two projects released results this week on the genomes of around 20 individuals, which together reveal that the history of our species on the continent is much more complex than previously thought.

Africa's neglect until now by ancient-DNA researchers was largely a result of the continent's scorching climate.

Because heat speeds the deterioration of DNA, scientists have focused on sequencing remains from cooler European sites and Siberian permafrost.

The first success in Africa came in 2015, when researchers sequenced the genome of a 4,500-year-old man from Ethiopia who was preserved in a relatively chilly mountainous cave.

But advances in removing contamination, and the discovery that a tiny inner ear bone is chock full of ancient DNA, have convinced researchers that the technology is finally ready to grapple with Africa's past."
[Read The Full Story]

[Great stuff again from Nature News! The reasons why DNA research in Africa has been sadly lacking is explained in detail, and how it has proceeded recenty is outlined. It really is well worth taking the time to read the full story - Ed.]

"'Milestone' treasure of ancient Roman coins found at mining site"
The Local (Spain)
"We may have mated with Neanderthals more than 219,000 years ago"
New Scientist (UK)
"Sultans’ bath a surprising find atop Takkeli Mountain"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
"200,000-Year-Old 'Baby Tooth' Reveals Clues About Mysterious Human Lineage"
Live Science (USA)
"Scientists know more about women from the pre-Inca tomb"
PAP (Poland)
"Island Rises Up off of Cape Hatteras"
NASA Earth Observatory (Earth Orbit)
"Circling out a centre"
The Hindu (India)
"Archaeological Find Reveals New Side to Life at Angkor"
The Cambodia Daily (Cambodia)
"Archaeologists put sound back into a previously silent past"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"One thousand six hundred-year-old basilica found underwater in Turkey"
Herald Malaysia (Malaysia)
"5000-year-old 'graveyard of giants' found in Chinese village"
IBT India (India)
"West Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat driven by Holocene warm water incursions"
Nature (UK)

"Sixth century medical recipe uncovered in St Catherine's Monastery"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"In a ceremony held at his ministry's headquarters, Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced the discovery of a very important medical manuscript uncovered by the monks of St Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai during restoration works carried out in the monastery's library.

Mohammed Abdel-Latif, assistant minister of antiquities for archaeological sites, explained that the discovered manuscript is one of those known as "Palmesit" manuscripts, dating to the 6th century AD.

The manuscript is written on leather and bears parts of a medical recipe of the renowned Greek physician Hippocrates.

The manuscript has also three other medical recipes written by an anonymous scribe, one of which contains drawings of medicinal herbs of the Greek recipe."
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[Another good story from Ahram Online! Though attributed to Greek physician, Hippocrates, everyone knows that the Greeks simply stole all the medical knowledge of the far more civilised Africa, and later claimed as Greek, from the Egyptians in the first place - especially Imhotep. Worth reading the full story though - Ed.]

"Tower of human skulls in Mexico sheds new light on Aztecs"
Pakistan Today (Pakistan)
"US returns 'looted' royal seals to South Korea after 60 years"
BBC News (UK)
"More remains found at Alderney 'Roman burial ground'"
Jersey Evening Post (Jersey)
"Breakthrough in dating Viking fortress"
EurekAlert (USA)
"Life in Alaska’s Pleistocene age"
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Alaska)
"Al Ain National Museum to hold workshops on cuneiform writing"
Zawya (Dubai)
"Palaeoclimatology: Ice-sheet history revealed by fossils"
Nature (UK)
"In South America have unearthed an ancient tomb"
The Mice Times of Asia (Singapore)
"New studies of ancient concrete could teach us to do as the Romans did"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"Evidence of Unique Skull Cult Found at World's Oldest Temple"
Sputnik International (Russia)
"Prehistoric lizard wasn't what we thought"
New Atlas (UK)
"First evidence of skull decoration discovered in Göbeklitepe"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
"Archaeologists find 'secret square' within famous ancient stone circle"
PanArmenian Net (Armenia)
"Buried in Beads 4,000 Years Ago, This Chiefly Family Lives Again"
National Geographic News (USA)

"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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2000-year-old analog computer recreated



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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