10th July 2017: Howlin’ at the moon. News & Features…ellisctaylor.com

The Mysterious Fairy Flag of Clan MacLeod and its Legendary Protective Powers…..
New Shroud of Turin Study Finds Evidence of Human Blood…..
The Geometry Thickens: Square Stone Formation Detected at the Center of Avebury Stone Circle…..
The Artist and the Other…..
Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism…..
Recreating the Antikythera Mechanism…..
20 Takeaways from ‘Survivorman Bigfoot’…..
Hoodoo Roots: Rites and Wrongs…..
The Phenomenon + Active Deception?…..
The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts…..
Rich Planet New Series – PART 1 OF 3…..
Britain BC…..
Chysauster Ancient Village…..
Film: The Bear…..
EdgeScience Magazine…..

The Fairy Flag is one of the treasures kept by the chief of Clan MacLeod, a Highland Scottish clan associated with the Isle of Skye. Today, the flag resides in Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the clan’s chief, on the Isle of Skye, and has been described as “rather tattered, made of faded brown silk and carefully darned in places”. Although the flag does not look like much, it is believed to possess mystical powers, and several stories have been told about how this magical object has protected Clan MacLeod over the centuries.
The Mysterious Fairy Flag of Clan MacLeod and its Legendary Protective Powers

 

The Shroud of Turin remains one of the most controversial and debated archaeological artifacts. It is claimed that the shroud was used to wrap Jesus of Nazareth after his crucifixion, but its origin remains a mystery. Several religious organizations have preserved historical documents dating as far back the 14th century which mention the shroud, but its history prior to that – if there is any – remains unknown. The shroud has been on display at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy since the 17th century.
New Shroud of Turin Study Finds Evidence of Human Blood

 

A peculiar square formation was recently discovered within the Neolithic stone circle monument at Avebury, thus reshaping the traditional narrative of one of the wonders of the prehistoric world.

“Hidden” and Unique Stones Could be Some of the Earliest Structures in Britain
Experts consider that the hidden stones, recently discovered with the help of radar technology, were one of the earliest structures at the site and could have possibly honored a Neolithic building structure to around 3500 BC. As the Guardian reports, archaeologists previously suggested that the huge stone outer circle – which at 330 meters in diameter is the largest in Europe –  had been constructed from the outside inwards. The most recent work, however, shows that a lowly wooden building that possibly served as a center of interest for the Neolithic community, seeded the monument with a successive series of stone structures springing up around it over hundreds of years.
The Geometry Thickens: Square Stone Formation Detected at the Center of Avebury Stone Circle

 

One of the more interesting results of Project CORE came in the answer to the question: “Are you a creative person?”

Out of over 200 responses, 175 (87%) Yes to 11 (5%) No. Just from my own interactions with folks having paranormal events over the years, I feel safe saying that a lot of creative people are having these experiences. This brings up a number of interesting talking points. Do artists perceive these events because they have great visualization abilities? Does the phenomena select them because they are best equipped to convey the experience to others? These are at best mental exercises and largely unproductive towards addressing the question. We can’t know the ‘mind’ of the phenomena (if there is one) and certainly can’t ascribe meaning or intent to it.
The Artist and the Other

 

If future civilisations found our computers some 2000 years from now, how would they go about figuring out how they worked and what they were for? That’s the problem that faced researchers when they set out to uncover the secrets of the Antikythera Mechanism, a 2000-year-old ‘computer’ found in a shipwreck off the Greek coast.

What they have discovered is remarkable – not least because they didn’t start out with a working device, but instead just various pieces, many heavily encrusted, after it had virtually disintegrated while on the bottom of the Mediterranean. Through painstaking multidisciplinary research and reconstruction, researchers have found that the Antikythera Mechanism was used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses in the future, testifying to both the astronomical knowledge and technical abilities of whoever built the device. (Researchers have recently also figured out that It could be used to track a four-year cycle of athletic games of the time.)
Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

 

Last month I posted a documentary on ‘decoding’ of the Antikythera Mechanism, the 2000-year-old ‘computer’ found in a shipwreck off the Greek coast. For those who found that interesting – or even if you’re just a ‘Maker’ – you might like to check out a new series of YouTube videos being posted by Chris of Clickspring Projects, in which he is attempting to make a version of the Antikythera Mechanism faithful to the original construction (though using modern machinery.
Recreating the Antikythera Mechanism

 

In this sixth season of Survivorman, survival expert and filmmaker Les Stroud jumps headfirst into the strange world of Sasquatching. As most by now realize, there are only a handful of individuals actively involved in Bigfootery who command unbiased respect. In fact, the majority are viewed so negatively that, despite incredible growing interest, the field is still firmly ridiculed.

The Finding Bigfoots and Mountain Monsters no doubt grab ratings, but Survivorman Bigfoot is the most comprehensive, practical analysis of the cryptid on-location that I have seen. Les’s firm step into the field is incredibly refreshing. While well-produced shows like X-creatures, the Bigfoot Files, and Fact or Faked do a well, non-partisan job of evaluating Sasquatch, none of those programs feature the respected magnitude of the well-loved Stroud. For many, including me, this was a cryptoid godsend. Kind of like when your favorite team gets the best player in the league.

There was a lot to digest from this important two-specials and seven-episode stretch. Here are my highlights.
20 Takeaways from ‘Survivorman Bigfoot’

 

Some may be shocked, others bemused, to discover that Amazon sells High John the Conqueror Anointing Oil. This, as the more esoteric of you no doubt know, is a staple accoutrement of traditional Afro-American Hoodoo. And clearly, as such an arcane thing is available on Amazon, Hoodoo has got at least one toe in the mainstream pool. Whether or not that’s desirable depends, of course, on one’s view on what some venerate as a religious aspect of black folklore, others decry as blatant charlatanism and superstition – and some believe to be nothing less than black magic. But it is much more than any of those.
Hoodoo Roots: Rites and Wrongs

 

To what extent does the research data gathered on Skinwalker Ranch support the hypothesis that the “phenomenon” actively evades comprehensive detection and engages in deception?

Over the years, many of the Skinwalker Ranch researchers told us (the Hunt the Skinwalker team) of the frustration they experienced in trying to utilize scientific methodology to track the elusive “phenomenon” on the ranch. Ranch researchers described several operational checklists that were rigorously adhered to before embarking on night watches on the ranch.
The Phenomenon + Active Deception?

 

 

 

 

Chysauster is one of the best-preserved ancient villages in Britain. A close-knit community lived and worked here between the late 1st century and the end of the 3rd century AD, a time when much of Britain was under Roman rule. The villagers lived in stone-walled houses, each with a number of rooms arranged round a courtyard – a unique house layout found only in late Iron Age and Romano-British settlements in western Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Chysauster Ancient Village

 

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EdgeScience is a free quarterly magazine published by the SSE, focusing on cutting-edge scientific research. Contrary to public perception, scientific knowledge is still full of unknowns. What remains to be discovered—what we don’t know—very likely dwarfs what we do know. And what we think we know may not be entirely correct or fully understood. Anomalies, which researchers tend to sweep under the rug, should be actively pursued as clues to potential breakthroughs and new directions in science.

This issues content:

THE OBSERVATORY
Why Would a Journalist Investigate the Paranormal?
By Leslie Kean

FEATURES
Baffling Physical Phenomena: Differences in the Phenomenology of Some Famous Physical Mediums
By Erlendur Haraldsson

Photographing Spiritualism
By Shannon Taggart

Is Cryptozoology Just a Pseudoscience?
By Paul LeBlond

REFERENCE POINT
The Psi Race Between East and West: More Hype Than Reality
A book review by JOHN ALEXANDER of ESP Wars East & West: An Account of the Military Use of Psychic Espionage as Narrated by the Key Russian and American Players by Edwin C. May, Victor Rubel, Lloyd Auerbach, and Joe McMoneagle

Download for FREE: EdgeScience Magazine – SSE’s free quarterly magazine of cutting-edge science.

 

 

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