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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January 2019 News Headlines

"2,000-year-old coin workshop excavated in central China"
Borneo Bulletin (Brunei Darussalam)

"What happened 4,000 years ago in the Urals?"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"Seventh century Ganga Dynasty idol excavated at Talakad"
Star of Mysore (India)

"11,500-year-old animal bones in Jordan suggest early dogs helped humans hunt"
Popular Archaeology (USA)

"Rare ground-painting found in ancient Chinese tomb"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Nazca Revelation: How ancient Incas used astronomical knowledge in major breakthrough"
Express Online (UK)

"Unearthing the ancient traces of China-Saudi Arabia exchanges"
CGTN (China)

"Strange carvings greeted early West Virginia explorers"
West Virginia Explorer (USA)
"When pioneers and other explorers first ventured into what would become West Virginia, they encountered artifacts of a much earlier age - carvings, burial mounds, and stone walls, the origins of which natives could not explain with certainty.

Petroglyphs inscribed in rock and featuring human and animal figures were perhaps the most striking and inexplicable finds.

Mounds and earthworks could be practically accounted for as defensive or monumental - but carvings? They were certainly communications.

With whom were the creators attempting to communicate and why? Were the carvings inspired by ritual or sheerly as human expression?

Archaeologists can only speculate. Without written records, we may never know with certainty."

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[A brilliant story in the West Virginia Explorer! The petroglyphs were 'obviously' created to communicate something. and it is such a great pity that the stone itself is now drowned in the Ohio River so that further exploration is difficult if not impossible.

This means we may never know what they represent, but the fact that local indigenous peoples also have no idea who created them suggests there were peoples in that area long before current archaeological paradigms have even suspected.

It will be worth local people monitoring developments.

We highly recommend reading the full story and seeing the images of the petroglyphs - Ed.]

"How the Kerala floods unearthed a site filled with ancient terracotta figures"
The Hindu (India)

"The Perplexing Purpose of the Gigantic Pulemelei ‘Pyramid’ Mound of Samoa"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Roman tombs discovered in Egypt's Dakhla Oasis"
Ahram Online (Egypt)

"5,000-year-old Settlement Identified In Central China"
UrduPoint News (Pakistan)

"Uncovered: Secret piece of Vakataka history on a Vindhya hill"
The Times of India (India)

"Robot reveals how ancient reptile ancestor moved" - video
Nature (UK)

"Chinese Academy of Social Sciences releases list of Top 6 major 2018 archaeological discoveries"
Global Times (China)

"Archaeologist uses new approach to understand Mexico’s ancient cultures"
Mexico Daily News (Mexico)

"Dendera Temple to be converted into an open museum"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"Algeria's Ancient Pyramid Tombs Still Shrouded In Mystery"
UrduPoint News (Pakistan)

"Xinjiang has been multicultural since ancient times, new archaeological evidence finds"
Global Times (China)
"Wang Yongqiang, researcher with the Xinjiang Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, can never forget the day in June 2015 when he was excavating an ancient tomb in Ili prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

When he was carefully sweeping off dust from layers of earth around the tomb, he noticed coal dust.

In the same tomb, he saw terra-cotta chips that date back to the Bronze Age, according to Guangming Daily.

'According to historical records, people in the Han Dynasty had been making use of coal for production and in their daily life. But it was incredible to see coal at a Bronze Age site', Wang recalled to the newspaper.

As the excavation continued, coal dust, cinder and a coal pile were discovered. Carbon-14 dating showed the site is 3,600 years old."

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[An excellent story reported in Global Times! It would be surprising if ancient peoples had not noticed the properties of coal when lightning strikes set it ablaze, so it is unsurprising that its use is now confirmed much earlier than previously believed.

Well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

"Harappa grave of ancient 'couple' reveals secrets"
BBC News (UK)

"A Madrid mummy is found to be a pharaoh’s eye doctor"
El Pais (Spain)

"Horses rather than mares were buried with Icelandic Vikings"
Iceland Monitor (Iceland)

"Ancient tomb group unearthed in Shaanxi"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and geologists don’t know why"
Nature (UK)

"Europe’s Largest Hoard of Copper Age Axes, Ax Hammers Discovered in Northeast Bulgaria"
Archaeology in Bulgaria (Bulgaria)

"Kyoto museum solves mystery of who carved ancient statues"
The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

"Ancient Mongolia was a good place to live—if you could survive the horse falls"
Science Magazine (USA)

"Polish archaeologists discover a unique Mayan bath in Guatemala"
PAP (Poland)

"Archaeologists find 8,000-year-old artifacts Iranian Kurdistan"
Rudaw (Iranian Kurdistan)

"Egyptian Child’s Greek Homework from 1,800 Years Ago Goes on Display"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Where Indians Come From, Part 2: Dravidians and Aryans"
The Diplomat (India)

"How climate change caused the world's first empire to collapse"
PhysOrg (USA)
"Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 metres dominates the landscape of northern Iran.

In this cave, stalagmites and stalactites are growing slowly over millennia and preserve in them clues about past climate events.

Changes in stalagmite chemistry from this cave have now linked the collapse of the Akkadian Empire to climate changes more than 4,000 years ago.

Akkadia was the world's first empire.

It was established in Mesopotamia around 4,300 years ago after its ruler, Sargon of Akkad, united a series of independent city states."

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[Of the 30+ carvings they found most were of 'recurring geometric patterns' and others of 'monstrous faces'. These are recurring themes in the petroglyphs of many ancient cultures worldwide, all clustered within the same period 3,500 - 1500 BC, and would seem to represent celestial phenomena witnessed globally by those ancient peoples.

Well worth a visit to read the full story, and follow the links embedded in it. The original paper published in PNAS is listed immediately below - Ed.]

"Precise timing of abrupt increase in dust activity in Middle East coincident with 4.2 ka social change"

"'Golden Man' shines light on the gold techniques used in the moors of Kazakhstan"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Sisi commissions Egyptian government to develop Saqqara area"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)

"Cultur will renew light and sound show in Uxmal"
The Yucatan Times (Mexico)

"Decapitated skeletons found during archaeological dig in Suffolk"
East Anglian Daily Times (England)

"Seagrass Safeguards Human History"
Hakai Magazine (Canada)

"Why archaeology is so much more than just digging"
The Sofia Globe (Bulgaria)

"Why archaeology is so much more than just digging"
MENAFN (Jordan)

"Yellow rock art in Medak caves dates back to Stone Age"
The Times of India (India)

"China’s beastly bronze designs found in stone carvings at prehistoric settlement"
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
"The distinctive, often beastly, patterns found on classical Chinese bronzeware may be thousands of years older than first thought, archaeologists said after finding similar designs carved into the stone walls of a prehistoric settlement in the country's northwest.

A team working at the Shimao archaeological site in Shaanxi province made the discovery during a recent excavation of the city's Neolithic ruins, which are thought to date back to about 2,000BC, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Monday.

'The beast-face patterns found in Shimao might have had a significant influence on the motifs of China's Bronze Age', Sun Zhouyong, president of the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, said in the report."

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[Of the 30+ carvings they found most were of 'recurring geometric patterns' and others of 'monstrous faces'. These are recurring themes in the petroglyphs of many ancient cultures worldwide, all clustered within the same period 3,500 - 1500 BC, and would seem to represent celestial phenomena witnessed globally by those ancient peoples.

It's well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

"Powerful Icelandic Vikings were buried with stallions"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"Angkor hosts 2.6M visitors"
The Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

"Jordan Retrieves 58 Smuggled Antiquities from Canada"
Asharq Al-awsat (Saudi Arabia)

"Archaeologists flying from Haverfordwest discovered 200 sites in Wales this summer"
Western Telegraph (Cymru)

"Stone circle found on Aberdeenshire farm"
Deeside Piper & Herald (Scotland)

"Ancient Inscription Rediscovered on Greek Island"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"How ancient DNA may rewrite prehistory in India"
BBC News (UK)

"Archaeologists have found ancient tools"
The Mice Times of Asia (Singapore)

"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)

Google image search results for The Antikythera mechanism
Google (USA)


"Origins of the Sphinx: Celestial Guardian of
Pre-Pharaonic Civilization"


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Robert Bauval

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"In this provocative collaboration from two Egyptology outsiders, Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., and Robert Bauval combine their decades of research to show how the Sphinx is thousands of years older than the conventional Egyptological timeline and was built by a long forgotten pre-Pharaonic civilization.

They examine the known history of the Sphinx, contrasting what Egyptologists claim with prominent historical accounts and new research, including updates to Schoch’s geological water weathering research and reanalysis of seismic studies.

Building on Bauval’s Orion Correlation Theory, they investigate the archaeoastronomical alignments of the monuments of the Giza Plateau and reveal how the pyramids and Sphinx were built to align with the constellations of Orion and Leo.

Analyzing the evidence for a significantly older construction phase at Giza and the restoration and recarving of the Sphinx during the Old Kingdom era, they assert that the Sphinx was first built by an advanced pre-Pharaonic civilization that existed circa 12,000 years ago on the Giza Plateau, contemporaneous with the sophisticated Göbekli Tepe complex."

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