Showing posts from November, 2018
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.
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Paper accepted
My new paper, with Alistair Coombs, "Decoding European Palaeolithic art: Extremely ancient knowledge of precession of the equinoxes" has been accepted and published online, see

In this work, we show that;
A Palaeolithic zodiac and precession of the equinoxes were already known during the last ice age.The Lascaux Shaft Scene likely memorialises another impact with the Taurid meteor streamThis tradition lasted into the Neolithic period, e.g. at Gobekli Tepe and CatalhoyukClube and Napier's theory of Coherent Catastrophism is almost certainly correct.