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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April 2019 News Headlines



"Ep. 527: Ancient Astronomy of the American Southwest"
Universe Today (USA)

"Egypt unveils colorful Fifth Dynasty tomb"
Al Arabiya (Saudi Arabia)

"Ruins identified as wall of imperial kiln plant in China's ceramic capital"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Giant carnivore fossil found in museum drawer by palaeontologist on his lunch break"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Woman`s remains that fell out of the cliff in Bagicz are 2 thousand years old"
PAP (Poland)

"Maya Figurine Workshop Discovered in Guatemala"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Make them well again: trying to save Gujarat's ancient stepwells"
The Hindu (India)

"Dig at north-east Pictish fort unearths huge section of wall still standing after 1,000 years"
The Press & Journal (Scotland)

"Fearsome ancient carnivore discovered after fossil lingered for decades in museum drawer"
Nature (UK)

"In pics: Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, NW China's Gansu"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Megalith tombs were family graves in European Stone Age"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Archaeologists unearth ancient Funan burial site in Prey Veng town"
The Phnom Penh Post (Thailand)

"Early human fossil remains found in Philippines cave may herald new species — Homo luzonensis"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders"
BBC News (UK)

"Iron Age Settlement Uncovered in Thailand"
The Bangkok Post (Thailand)

"Stone Circles Ringed House That May Have Belonged to the Neolithic 'One Percent'"
Live Science (USA)
"The massive and ancient stone circles around Stonehenge and Avebury in southern England may have all started with the commemoration of a single Neolithic house that probably belonged to an elite family, archaeologists now say.

Using ground-penetrating radar, the researchers found that the monumental stone circles of Avebury, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Stonehenge, were centred on an early Neolithic habitation, with the concentric stone circles and large earthen embankment being built around it probably centuries later.

They say the Neolithic house at Avebury was built sometime after 3700 B.C. - but centuries before the creation of the larger rings of stone at Avebury and the megalithic monument at Stonehenge, which research shows were built after 3000 B.C."

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[The area around Salisbury plain which contains the Avebury and Stonehenge complexes was obviously used for many millennia more than has previously been acknowledged. Now the use of ground-penetrating radar is showing much more usage of the area in prehistoric times than was expected. It will be well worth watching developments. Do read the full story - Ed.]

"Egypt unveils colorful Fifth Dynasty tomb"
The Jakarta Post (Indonesia)

"Marine Archaeologists Find First Example Of Ancient Nile River Barge"
The Waterways Journal (USA)

"China confirms oldest tomb with 'squatting' owner"
XinhuaNet (China)

"17,000-year-old pottery fragments found in China"
Gulf Today (United Arab Emirates )

"Archaeological research uncovered 17 cremation graves"
The Slovak Spectator (Slovakia)

"Workers in Rio Find 30,000 Artifacts Dating Back to Brazil’s Empire"
The Rio Times (Brazil)

"Discovering an underwater trove of gifts to the gods"
Apollo (UK)

"Archaeologists find new species of early human in Philippines"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Vast necropolis discovered from rescue excavations at ancient Larnaca site"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Archaeologists discover 3,600-year-old shipwreck that sunk in a storm"
Daily Mirror Online (UK)

"Previously unknown human species found in Asia raises questions about early hominin dispersals from Africa"
Nature (UK)
"Excavations in southeast Asia have unearthed a previously unreported hominin species named Homo luzonensis.

The discovery has implications for ideas about early hominin evolution and dispersal from Africa.

Homo sapiens is the only living species of a diverse group called hominins (members of the human family tree who are more closely related to each other than they are to chimpanzees and bonobos).

Most extinct hominin species are not our direct ancestors, but instead are close relatives with evolutionary histories that took a slightly different path from ours.

This newly identified species was found in the Philippines and named Homo luzonensis after Luzon, the island where bones and teeth from individuals of this species were excavated from Callao Cave.

Specimens of H. luzonensis were dated to minimum ages of 50,000 and 67,000 years old, which suggests that the species was alive at the same time as several other hominins belonging to the genus Homo, including Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, Denisovans and Homo floresiensis."

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[What an amazing new discovery! It seems another precious paradigm needs to be urgently reviewed, and it makes you wonder how many others are waiting to be discovered.

It's well worth reading the full story - Ed.]

"Ancient price list found in Mugla"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)

"Czech archaeologists reveal identity of ancient Egyptian Queen"
Radio Prague (Czech Republic)

"Recording Roman graffiti near Hadrian’s Wall"
Current Archaeology (UK)

"Rock find in New Zealand rewrites story of Polynesian voyage"
The New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)

"Ptolemaic tomb unveiled in Egypt"
The Japan News (Japan)

"Two millennia pile-on at burial mound"
Cosmos (Australia)

"Unique 1000-year-old helmet discovered in Bobruisk river port"
Belarus News (Belarus)

"A 5,000-year-old barley grain discovered in Finland changes understanding of livelihoods"
PhysOrg (USA)

"History on a Hill"
NASA Earth Observatory (Earth Orbit)

"War’s impact on Mrauk-U cultural heritage to be surveyed"
Myanmar Times (Myanmar)

"Marawah Island Uncovers Abu Dhabi History With New Findings"
UrduPoint (Pakistan)
"The latest archaeological excavations on Marawah Island, carried out by specialist teams from the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, have shed new light on Abu Dhabi's earliest known settlement, which dates back 8,000 years.

The most recent excavations, which took place over a period of five weeks in February and March, have uncovered stunning new evidence on the architecture, art and technology of Abu Dhabi's Neolithic inhabitants.

Marawah lies around 100km to the west of the city of Abu Dhabi, and approximately 25km northwest of the port of Mirfa.

The dig site is situated on top of a rocky limestone plateau located just to the west of Ghubba village in the southwestern part of the island.

First discovered in 1992 during an archaeological survey of the island, the site consists of at least seven mounds that appear to be the remains of collapsed Neolithic stone structures."

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[It's good to have an update on thr excellent work that's been going on for many years in the Persian Gulf region. Evidence of urban remains dated 8,000 years ago is significant, especially in that region.

Not too far away in NW India urban remains the site of Manhattan Island were found just offsore in shallow waters of the Gulf of Khambat (Cambay) in 2001, and the discoverers suggested they stretched out towards the Persian Gulf and Arabia and possibly right up to southern Iraq. Sadly, a lack of funding and closed archaeological minds stifled further investigations.

There's a great picture of the remains and it's well worth reading the full story - Ed.]

"High-altitude divers find ritual relics"
DiverNet (UK)

"PU begins excavation at Shorkot to unearth ancient culture"
The Express Tribune (India)

"Researchers uncover 66-million-year-old fish fossils from the day the dinosaurs died"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Uncovering the secrets of ancient rock art using 'X-ray vision'"
Science News (USA)

"Angkor Wat moat drying ‘could affect foundations’"
Eleven Myanmar (Myanmar)

"Discovery of Balamku Cave may rewrite the history of Maya"
ECNS (China)

"Aldo Moro roadworks cover Roman tombs"
Malta Today (Malta)

"Foreigners may have conquered ancient Egypt without invading it"
Science News (USA)

"Swastika-shaped 6th century stupas found in Singrauli"
The Times of India (India)

"Grisly Cave Discovery Suggests Climate Change Turned Neanderthals Into Cannibals"
Science Alert (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]

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Antikythera Mechanism Research Project

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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)

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Google (USA)


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