DNA Studies - Britain, Ireland and Western Europe
The new science of DNA is forcing archaeologists to revise their theories about our ancient past:
DNA of western and Scandinavian Mesolithic populations
Inbreeding within burials around Newgrange suggest an elite of Irish 'god-kings' in the mid-Neolithic
The following links will give an entry for anyone who wishes to investigate the Irish Sea floor:
British Geological Survey database
Chandler Wobble, Pole-shifts, etc
The Free Core Nutation - recent investigations
Submerged Dolmens and Coastal Monuments
This excellent website has animations and pictures of the Rostellan dolmen in Cork Bay, Ireland
Yelland Stone Row, near Barnstaple, Devon
This monument of uncertain age is now lost in the silt of the Taw estuary. Its submergence shows us how difficult it would be to find other structures lost further out beneath the sea bed.
and there are submerged forests in the same area.
Other coastal tombs from the Middle Neolithic may be found at Er Lannic, Brittany:
and the Knockbrack chambered tomb and Alter Wedge tomb in southern Ireland.
The Welsh Triads
The best translation of these is still that of Rachel Bromwich, but her version of the third series triads is not available online. There is a new open-source English version here:
Akhenaten and Eclipses
In parallell with my own eclipse investigations: 1998-2005 for Under Ancient Skies the following paper by William Murray came out in 2003. It represents genuine parallell thinking on the same subject:
My own unpublished 2006 paper to close the research is available here or from the Features page:
Chaotic Motion and the Earth's Wobble
In extreme circumstances the core wobble of the Earth could become chaotic in a similar way to that of a double pendulum. You will need to brush-up on your differential equations to understand that one! The late Peter Warlow proposed in the 1970s that such a motion could cause the Earth's axis to completely turn-over and may be the cause of magnetic reversals (a-la-Velikovsky). Its is unlikely to have occurred during human prehistory, but we shouldn't rule it out for distant geological epochs. Here are a few links to follow:
Evidence for 'continent-sized' structures at the core-mantle boundary layer
26th Dynasty Mummies found near the Pyramid of Djoser
Egyptologists have announced the discovery of a cache of mummies from the 26th dynasty at a site near the Old Kingdom pyramid of Djoser. As this was the period when Old Kingdom customs and religion were revived after Psamtek expelled the foreign kings, it may contain evidence of the revised Saite Dynasty versions of the Book of the Dead and Coffin Texts. This was the period when both Solon and Herodotus visited Egypt so perhaps these mummies could be contemporaries of the priests who met Herodotus; or perhaps the Psenophis of Heliopolis to whom Solon spoke and was given a version of the Atlantis story. It will be interesting to see if depictions of the Elysian Fields are found that resemble the rectangular plain described by Solon. Is it too much to hope that we may at last find some ‘hard evidence’ that will wake up the sceptical archaeologists? It has always been too much of a coincidence that Plato placed Solon’s visit to Egypt, at just the right era when the old customs were revived.
Pictish Studies and related Subjects
Andres Pääbo has been steadily evolving his theories online since 2002 and expects another update to be ready April/May 2020. He would view western-Finnic languages as closer to Estonian than Finnish. Follow his work here:
and a related independent study of the Baltic Wends
Posted here are here any links that may not be directly relevent but nevertheless fascinating:
Dolmens in Caucasia
An astrolabe was found in a dolmen in Caucasia (dolmen Kolikho).
The scientific film about the excavation (in Russian): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrIrdIyHBNU
The text about excavation is here: http://www.zhivaya-zemlya.ru/forum/index.php?topic=637.0
Mega-Tsunamis, Chinese Junks and Port Phillip Bay (courtesy: Bill Thompson)
Can we trust historical calendar dates - even as recently as the first millennium AD?
Artwork of Dandi Palmer
To access all the work of this artist shown here then try her portfolio website at:
and Dodo Book's URL, https://www.booksfromdodo.uk/
We welcome a contribution from Chris Wright on the island of Gozo