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  • Young Adult novel set 20,000 years ago… November 8, 2015
    We have had the best time writing our first Young Adult novel, set 20,000 years ago, at the height of the Pleistocene Ice Age.  What fun to writer about American lions, sabertooth cats, dire wolves, giant bison, mammoths and giant beavers.  Had Mike on tenterhooks (your word for the day) when young Lynx fell into […]
  • Doggerland 8,000 years ago September 20, 2015
     This is one of the “Ladies of Teviec.”  She was found in a Mesolithic cemetery off the coast of Brittany, France.  Her remains date to around 8,500 years ago. She was approximately 25 years old.  She died when someone clubbed her in the head five times, cracking her skull, and she was shot between the […]
  • Stonehenge shadows… September 12, 2015
    One of the interesting things about this reconstruction of Stonehenge is the shadows cast by the standing stones.  In the past thirty years of doing archaeoastronomy, archaeologists have learned that shadows, and the way they move on important days, like the solstices and equinoxes, can be as important as shafts of light.  http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/
  • Roman ships were big… September 2, 2015
    This is an example of one of Roman Emperor Caligula’s Nemi ships, built on Lake Nemi, Italy.  Caligula had grand ideas–most of them completely insane.  
  • Untitled September 1, 2015
    The Yupik villagers in the Alaskan village of Newtok don’t have to be told the globe is warming up.  They see it every day. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/08/alaska-village-climate-change/402604/