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Christmas/New Year/winter solstice present
Two more symbols have been decoded - probably.

In Table 4 of our 'cave art' paper, there are 3 entries for stag/megaloceros symbols with radiocarbon age uncertainty less than the stipulated 1070 years. Although we don't have any independent evidence for which constellation they represent, we can use 1 of them to decode the symbol, i.e. as a reference, and then compare with predictions for the other 2. Using Chauvet GifA 96063 as the reference, corresponding to the symbol megaloceros246, this has a radiocarbon age of 33330 BC to within 600 years (1 standard error). This probably corresponds to Aquarius at the autumn equinox, given that the symbol for the northern portion of this constellation deduced from Gobekli Tepe, the fox, seems to be absent in Palaeolithic cave art and the fit is rather good (see above). Taking this as our reference, the predicted ages of the 2 stag/megaloceros symbols in Cosquer Cave (GIfA 95135 and GifA 98…
Prehistory Decoded
Although the book's official publication date is in late January 2019, some early reviews are already in.
'Absolutely brilliant' - Paul Ross, Talk Radio 'Profoundly historic' - George Howard @cosmictusk
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Interview with Paul Ross A stone plaquette recovered from Gobekli Tepe: image courtesy of Alistair Coombs
You can hear my conversation with Paul Ross on his Late Late Early Early Show, for Talk Radio,  at 04:19:10. Enjoy.
This plaquette probably shows the earliest known depiction of the sky-god vs chaos snake myth. See my new book 'Prehistory Decoded'.
Lost Egyptian Civilisation
If you want to know about a lost pre-dynastic Egyptian civilisation, you could try my new book 'Prehistory Decoded', available now from Troubador's online shop and
The statistics of pattern matching The whole basis of our interpretation of Gobekli Tepe rests on the interpretation of Pillar 43, and our interpretation of Pillar 43 rests entirely on our statistical analysis. So, this is the most important aspect of our work. However, the statistical analysis of the patterns on Pillar 43 is a little complicated. Unless you are familiar with handling the statistics of configurations of objects, as I am, and with pattern matching, you might not understand the justification we provided in our Fox paper. Therefore, rather than rushing straight into the statistical analysis of Pillar 43, it will probably be useful to set out some key ideas. To do this I’ll take you through a series of examples that contain the core ideas, gradually increasing their complexity until we reach a level sufficient to analyse Pillar 43. You might want to think of this as a training exercise. But hopefully you’ll find it interesting and not too cumbersome. Training Let’s start wi…
Common origin for World's religions Photo: The zodiacal dust cloud, ESO/Y.Beletsky
If you want to know the common origin for most of the world's myths and religions, ancient and modern, you could do a lot worse than read my new book 'Prehistory Decoded'.

The true age of the Sphinx Photo from Wikipedia, by Hamish2k, CC BY-SA 3.0.
If you want to know the true age of the Great Sphinx of Giza, you could do a lot worse than read my new book, Prehistory Decoded, available right now from Troubador's online shop.
Prehistory Decoded available today from Troubador
My book is available today from Troubador's online bookshop. As they are the publisher, they have stock 3-4 weeks before any other retailer. So, if you want your copy (hardback or paperback) this year, get is ASAP from Troubador.
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
Below are links to some recent radio interviews...

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…