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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November 2020 News Headlines


[Due to renewed problems with Covid 19 both Picti and John have been unable to update this site during November. It seems that what is being termed Long Covid is very much real, and both John and Picti are still suffering despite having got through the Respiritory phase many months ago. Please bear with us through these troubled times, and I will try my best to catch up - Polly]


"Middle Stone Age Populations Repeatedly Occupied West African Coast"
Max Planck Institute (Germany)

"Ancient Egyptian temple reveals previously unknown star constellations"
Live Science (USA)

"Bai Coi, a meeting place of civilisations in Ha Tinh province"
VietNam Plus (Viet Nam)

"Exciting ancient finds in a Flemish field"
Flanders News (Belguim)

"Druids face defeat as bulldozers get set for Stonehenge bypass"
The Observer (UK)

"Ancient pitchers found in Rajshahi graveyard"
The Daily Star (Bangladesh)

"People in Biblical Israel 3,000 Years Ago Suffered Lead Pollution"
Haaretz (Israel)

"2,000-yr-old barn discovered in Inner Mongolia"
People's Daily (China)

"Now Comes a Karabakh War Over Cultural Heritage"
The Moscow Times (Russia)

"Research project reveals the original pigments of 2,000-year-old inscriptions at the temple of Esna"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Ancient City on Remote Islet in Aegean Reveals Fascinating Secrets in New Dig"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Bronze Age travel routes revealed using pioneering research method"
University of Sydney (Australia)

"Dorset mega henge may be ‘last hurrah’ of stone-age builders"
The Guardian (UK)

"'Mona Lisa of ancient age' found in Osmaniye"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)

"Archaeologists prepare dig in Jesenicko after mushroom picker finds rare Bronze Age sword"
Radio Prague International (Czech Republic)

"Rare 8,000 year old child burial reveals secrets of the dead"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Hvar Archaeological Discovery: Amphora and Wine Vessels"
Total Croatia News (Croatia)

"At Mann in Naples experts find oldest olive oil in the world"
ANSAmed (Italy)

"Secrets of the ice: unlocking a melting time capsule"
The Observer (UK)

"Egyptian art platform plans to hold 1st int'l exhibition at Giza Pyramids in 2021 "
XinhuaNet (China)

"The unique hydraulics in the Barbegal water mills, the world's first industrial plant"
EurekAlert (USA)



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October 2020 News Headlines



"'Monster' dinosaur footprints moved to safety in gruelling endeavour"
ABC News (Australia)

"Group thinks it has found proof of 10,000-year-old Ice Age culture in Straits of Mackinac"
Detroit Free Press (USA)

"Climate Change Helped Drive Homo sapiens’ Cousins Extinct: Study"
The Scientist (Canada)

"Memorial Tomb of Ancient Greek Astronomer Aratus Unearthed in Turkey"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Central Asian horse riders played ball games 3,000 years ago"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Jordan- Polish scholar explores ancient trade links in Levant"
MENAFN (Jordan)

"Ancient settlement attributed to Urartu kingdom identified in northwest Iran"
Tehran Times (Iran)

"India losing heritage artefacts in their thousands and not just due to theft"
Times of India (India)

"Diet of pre-Columbian societies in the Brazilian Amazon reconstructed"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Cave raiders: Thai archaeologists hunt ancient artwork"
Bangkok Post (Thailand)

"Past Tropical Forest Changes Drove Megafauna and Hominin Extinctions"
Max Plank Institute (Germany)

"Diet of pre-Columbian societies in the Brazilian Amazon reconstructed"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Decoding Linear A, the Writing System of the Ancient Minoans"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"6,500-year-old metalworkers: Humanity’s 1st smelting furnaces found in Israel?"
Times of Israel (Israel)

"1,200-year-old pagan temple to Thor and Odin unearthed in Norway"
Live Science (USA)

"The Island That Humans Can’t Conquer"
Hakai Magazine (Canada)

"2,400-year-old kitchen, room unearthed in Turkey's ancient city of Patara"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"40,000 years of adapting to sea-level change on Alor Island"
PhysOrg (USA)

"DNA testing sheds light on old Viking murder mystery"
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark)

"New Secrets Unearthed at Minoan Palace of Zominthos on Crete"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Neandertal babies had stocky chests like their parents"
Science News (USA)

"Egyptian archaeologists unveil discovery of 59 sealed sarcophagi"
Arab News (Saudi Arabia)

"New study suggests Stonehenge was built to amplify sound"
DJ Mag (UK)

"Neolithic people made fake islands"
Telangana Today (India)

"Ottoman-era tannery discovered in southern Hungary"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Archaeologists unearth remains believed to be of Anglo-Saxon warlord"
The Guardian (UK)

"Workshop on 100 years of Indus Valley Civilisation"
Deccan Herald (India)

"5,000-Year-Old Masked Figurine Found in Siberian Mass Grave"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Huge drop in income from Angkor Archaeological Park"
Khmer Times (Cambodia)

"Buddha's birthplace yields clues about his mysterious life"
National Geographic (USA)

"Habitation site found in Adichanallur excavation"
The New Indian Express (India)

"Decapitated and dismembered skeletons reveal lost Iron Age massacre"
Live Science (USA)

"From The Ashes Of Angels – The Forbidden Legacy of a Fallen Race"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"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)




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