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Prehistory Decoded – Review

Forthcoming… ‘Absolutely brilliant’ – Paul Ross, Talk Radio ‘Profoundly historic’ – George Howard @cosmictusk A recent discussion about it on BBC Scotland: And while we’re in the Highlands, another report from last year: https://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/cave-paintings-show-night-sky-details-1-4835764

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Spirit Poles of Eurasia

Totem poles are often seen as quintessential features of the Northwest Coast of America. The Simon Frazer University lists ten types of American totem pole which indicate their diversity and how the term “totem” can be misleading when applied to them. Three common types the list includes are Memorial Poles, Welcome/Potlatch Figures, and House Posts. […]

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An Astral Bowl

A colleague recently informed me of what she thought was a very early zodiac. The object it is on, an Aramaic ritual bowl, is ancient but not prehistoric. It is not a zodiac or any type of accurate star map but a symbolic scheme of recognisable constellation shapes and figures. This undeniably exquisite item has […]

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Taurid Tracker

The cave art/prehistoric astronomy paper I co-authored has been receiving coverage for about two weeks now: BBC World Service: Voice of America: Science Alert: https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-art-pieces-show-how-humans-kept-time-40-000-years-ago Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bridaineparnell/2018/11/28/cave-paintings-may-actually-be-sophisticated-star-maps/#3cc93f421751 The Australian: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/ancient-cave-drawings-may-represent-stars/news-story/46649690212636ecba4e93f755eb8690 India Today: Science Daily:  The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/11/27/cave-paintings-ancient-zodiac-mapping-skies-say-experts/?fbclid=IwAR3 sONpjauNIehvmUpJWufFM9fN87LoubJvTtqdpfTcD9VxT0RSFjWZW2I MSN: The Times: A good one, here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/early-human-cave-art There’s probably many others. Most reports focus on cave art […]

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The Picatrix – Ancient Sorcery of Harran

There will be a new translation and scholarly annotated edition of the Picatrix which is keenly anticipated: https://www.waterstones.com/book/picatrix/dan-attrell/david-porreca/9780271082127 The Picatrix is a 13th century Spanish-to-Latin translation of the earlier Arabic Ghāyat al-Ḥakīm (‘goal of the wise’) grimoire on magic and astrology. It is acknowledged that much has been lost from the original in its translation […]

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Event

I was invited to speak at the Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CAPS) in Kent later this month. The topic is “Palaeolithic Astronomy and Concepts of Time” and will include discussion on more adventitious astronomical phenomena around the Epipalaeolithic:  https://astro.kent.ac.uk/

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Stone Age Stellarium

Recently I co-authored a paper with Martin Sweatman from the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, titled: Decoding European Palaeolithic art: Extremely ancient knowledge of precession of the equinoxes. It is currently under peer-review but can be downloaded here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.00046 and here: https://scirate.com/arxiv/1806.00046 Its current preform is without humanities padding. As a physicist, my colleague is […]

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