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Another Expert Agrees With Dark Comet Theory

February 21, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment

Astronomer David Asher (from Armagh University) has agreed with Bill Napier and Janaki Wickramasinghe (Cardiff University) that “dark comets” are real and dangerous.
The following quotes are from a paper by Napier and Asher published in Astronomy & Geophysics.

We know that about one bright comet (of absolute magnitude as bright as 7, comparable to Halley’s Comet) arrives in the visibility zone (perihelion q<5AU, say) each year from the Oort cloud. It seems to be securely established that ~1–2% of these are captured into Halleytype (HT) orbits. The dynamical lifetime of a body in such an orbit can be estimated, from which the expected number of HT comets is perhaps ~3000. The actual number of active HT comets is ~25. This discrepancy of at least two powers of 10 in the expected impact rate from comets as deduced from this theoretical argument on the one hand, and observations on the other, is …

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Ancient Mayans in Ancient USA? Big Debate

Submitted by on December 26, 2011 – 11:30 pmOne Comment

At the demise of the Mayan civilization, did the middle classes and commoners head north and form new cities in what is now the USA?

An article at has caused a lot of chatter online, with people seeming divided on the validity of the concept.

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People of One Fire researchers have been aware since 2010 that when the English arrived in the Southeast, there were numerous Native American towns named Itsate in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and western North Carolina. They were also aware that both the Itza Mayas of Central America and the Hitchiti Creeks of the Southeast actually called themselves Itsate . . . and pronounced the word the same way.  The Itsate Creeks used many Maya and Totonac words. Their architecture was identical to that of Maya commoners. The pottery at Ocmulgee National Monument (c 900 AD) in central Georgia is virtually identical to the Maya Plain Red pottery made by Maya Commoners.  However, for archaeologists to be convinced that some Mayas immigrated to the Southeast, an archaeological site was needed that clearly was typical of Mesoamerica, but not of the United States.

I think perhaps both sides are correct. The idea was certainly accepted 150 years ago, with the main impetus coming from the similarity of place names. Modern archaeology says there is no evidence of upper-class Mayans in the USA, therefore they never made it that far north. The article writer, Richard Thornton, says it was only the middle and lower classes that migrated. And it looks like a lot hinges on the aspect of when.

There have been some damning articles, like this one at Boing Boing that have dissed the author, not on the content, but the platform he chose, (yes it is a content farm, but not as bad as most). And disregarded the great deal of research and collaboration Thornton has conducted.

To Richard’s credit he has posted an update that includes criticism of his theory.

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  • The idea that there is a Maya site in Georgia sounds ridiculous. There are ancient Indian cultures in that area (mound builders), but Mayas?
    Ancient peoples knew no national boundaries and it is always possible that the odd group ventured many hundreds of miles north, into unknown territory, dramatically different weather, different hunting, different dangers. But why?
    The article itself says that the emigration was only common people and there was no royalty involved. Undemocratic as it was, I doubt there were traditional Maya structures without attendant royalty.
    And what makes the authors think that some original northamerican people simply halted in their great migration down from the Arctic land bridge many thousands of years ago and evolved a style that eventually travelled southward with the majority of the peoples who became the Maya?
    You can read anything on the internet.

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