Final response to Rebecca Bradley

Rebecca, what's the point? It is clear you do not want to understand what I'm saying.
Consider that with our latest work on Palaeolithic cave art, we have proven we are correct. Does this not make you pause and think that perhaps there is something you have not grasped about our statistical decoding of Pillar 43?

Recent Radio Interviews
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BBC World service at 9.49

BBC Radio Scotland 'Good Morning Scotland' show at 2:21:12

Talk Radio with Paul Ross at 03:32

Don't ignore the statistics
Okay, so our 'Decoding Prehistoric Cave Art' paper has been hitting headlines for a week now. There have been many comments, some insightful, others less so.

My main response at this point is that our proposal is PROVEN, in a scientific sense. It is not 'speculative'. We do not need 'more data'. Nor is it 'embarrassing'. And we are not 'claiming', but 'proving'. This is how science works - it's all about the statistics.

It works like this: suppose you threw 28 coins and they all came up heads. That would be really weird - unless, of course, the coins were biased (perhaps they have heads on both sides, or are weighted to fall heads etc).

It's the same with the Palaeolithic cave art. All the animal symbols we can test agree with our zodiacal method. This shouldn't happen if our theory is wrong. The only reasonable conclusion is that we are right.

It's the same with Gobekli Tepe, only here ma…
New paper featured in international news
My new paper, with Alistair Coombs, on Palaeolithic cave art, including Chauvet, the Lascaux Shaft Scene and the Lion-man of Hohlenstein-Stadel cave, featured on the science pages of international newspapers and websites today, such The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Express and India Today. Read all about it!
Response to Rebecca Bradley at 'The Lateral Truth' regarding Gobekli Tepe and the Fox paper by Sweatman and Tsikritsis
Recently, my 'Fox' paper with Dimitrios Tsikritsis received some criticism from Rebecca Bradley, an author of fiction and a PhD archaeologist. You can find her rather dogmatic review on her 'Lateral Truth' blog. I respond to her comments below.

Image: The horse figurine of Vogelherd Cave, courtesy of Juraj Liptak, copyright of MUT.

I thank Rebecca for her comments. I am grateful for the chance to explain some more details of our paper, particularly as there appear to be some widespread misunderstandings, among many in the archaeological community at least.
First, I would like to point out that many of Rebecca’s comments are based on opinion, unsupported by any evidence. Quite often she treats her opinions, which seem to be commonplace in the archaeological community, as facts. They are not.
Second, a common misunderstanding is that Rebecca assumes t…
Possible Younger Dryas impact crater discovered
A massive but young crater, recently discovered under Greenland's Hiawatha glacier, has been linked with the Younger Dryas impact event. Its age is fairly uncertain, but it is certainly a good candidate. We will have to wait and see if it is confirmed. In my latest paper I suggest the Lascaux shaft scene refers to another comet impact, this time around 15,200 BC corresponding to another climate event. Perhaps discovery of this new crater will motivate the search for geochemical signatures of multiple impact events over the course of human development. I certainly hope so.