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Gobekli Tepe .Response from excavators

A useful response from the excavators ,mainly related to the problems connected with the nonsense about about the symbols and cherry picking .
It's not to be expected that they might have noticed that the astronomy was also wrong i.e. the asterisms were actually below the horizon on their chosen solstice date . Possibly why the images highlighted them during the day when they were above the horizon but invisible .
No mention either of the suggested date of the observation being a thousand years earlier than the earliest date from the site .
Hopefully the Telegraph and New Scientist will give this the space it deserves .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
25th April 2017ce

Gobekli Tepe

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations .

Even the New Scientist fell for this nonsense .

The paper is here . ... 281%29.pdf
Well worth a read if you enjoy fantasies .

Ideal fodder for the saddos who have a problem with experts .
In this case the expertise of the authors ( chemical engineering ) is unrelated to the content .
Not dissimilar to geomorphologists writing "papers " about archaeology .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
23rd April 2017ce


Cardiff woman's Orkney-Norway trek pulling 30kg stone
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
21st April 2017ce


'The Making of Prehistoric Wiltshire' book published.

Well-known for its World Heritage Sites of Stonehenge and Avebury, the prehistoric monuments of Wiltshire have long provided a focus of attention for archaeologists and visitors alike. Today the Wiltshire sites are perceived as an important focal point in British prehistory.

Yet there is much more to the prehistory of Wiltshire than Stonehenge, Avebury and Silbury Hill. The latter sites are of course all here, and discussed with personal insight, but so too are the widespread fields and enclosures of the Bronze Age that established a template across the countryside for later generations to follow, and the enormous hillforts of the Iron Age that stand sentinel-like overlooking the chalkland river valleys. Interesting sites abound, particularly on the wide expanses of uncultivated downland, and these provide a remarkable insight into past societies, economy and settlement. Prehistoric impact on the landscape was huge and the archaeology reveals the nature of development and changes across the countryside.

This volume provides an up-to-date account of the prehistory of Wiltshire from the earliest evidence for human occupation to the influence on the Romano-British countryside; it outlines the effect of past climate change on the topography and how animals and people established the landscape that we know today. The story is one of exuberant but excessive monument building, of innovation potentially fuelled by competition to impress, and of the struggle to subsist.

- See more at:
A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
17th April 2017ce

Weird Wiltshire Exhibition - featuring Julian Cope at Avebury

An art exhibition at the Richard Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road, Swindon SN3 6AA features a portrait of Julian Cope by the Avebury Stones - artist as yet unknown.

Exhibition is called 'Weird Wiltshire' - celebrating the "myth, magic and mystery of Wiltshire" in art form.

From 1st - 29th April. Entry Free.
Opening times vary so, if planning a visit please call 01793-466571 or see web-site:
tjj Posted by tjj
9th April 2017ce
Edited 11th April 2017ce


The Uffington White Horse geoglyph as sun-horse .


Josh Pollard has an interesting paper in the most recent "Antiquity " . An original suggestion , afaiaa , that the geoglyph is a symbol related to the Trundholm sun horse and associated motifs found on Scandinavian razors and rock art .

Flemming Kaul has been the main instigator in suggesting that the symbol(s) are derived from Indo -European myth and represent the sun on it's daily journey from east to west , whilst a boat or chariot takes it on the underworld return west to east journey .
In this case the horse is heading just west of south .
There are problems with the Kaul suggestion but it still has adherents since his initial "Ships on Bronzes " nearly 20 years ago .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
9th April 2017ce

Maeshowe (Chambered Tomb)

New Visitor Centre Open

Report from the Orcadian with details of the new visitor centre.
Ravenfeather Posted by Ravenfeather
5th April 2017ce


Iron Age chariot and horse found buried together in Yorkshire

The Ancient Brits loved their wheels. Indeed they seem to have been so attached to their sports-car-style chariots that they may even have thought they could use them to get to the next world.

Academic knowledge about these elegant high status prehistoric British vehicles is now set to increase significantly, following the discovery of an ancient Briton buried inside his chariot in East Yorkshire.
moss Posted by moss
4th April 2017ce


Don't think this investigation is included in the UK Archaeological Science Conference (see below) .
But a good example of tech clarifying the muddy waters .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
3rd April 2017ce

UK Archaeological Science Conference 5th - 8th April 2017

For info .
Abstracts start at P. 21 .
Pps 48, 57 , 65 & 107 .Look the most likely to grab attention here , particularly the Aveline's Hole one .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
2nd April 2017ce
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