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Plato Meets the Meteorite: Solon, Egypt and Atlantis February 22, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Plato Meets the Meteorite: Solon, Egypt and Atlantis

***Dedicated to ANL who sent this in*** The story is well-known and comes in Plato’s Timaeus. Solon, the law-giver, has travelled to Egypt and there, in the city of Sais, he speaks to one old priest, who tell him how 9,000 years before a power named Atlantis had fought against Europe and Asia. These passages […]

The Wold Cottage Meteorite October 15, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Wold Cottage Meteorite

Beachcombing has, over the months, given some publicity to meteorite history, the intrusion of bolides into human affairs, and today he thought he would do tribute to a rock that came hurtling from the sky in 1795. Though not in itself a particularly remarkable example of the shooting star the Wold Cottage Meteorite changed scientific […]

Tute’s Glass Ball September 27, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Tute's Glass Ball

Beach is in a meteor mood again and has been flicking back through his notes to some particularly interesting cases that Andy the Mad Monk sent him last year. Andy, in fact, provided a series of remarkable examples but Beach’s favourite is probably this curious case from ancient Egypt. In the picture above we see […]

Meteor Destroys Pub September 25, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern

Several months ago Beachcombing became interested in incidents of meteors intervening in history or, at the very least, scaring the eeby jeebies out of humankind. He was particularly interested in the way that the perception of meteors changed in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. This text comes from the key period when scientists […]

The Meson del Fierro April 15, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern, Prehistoric
The Meson del Fierro

The Meson del Fierro was a huge piece of iron in the depths of the Chaco in the badlands of South America (modern Argentina). Eighteenth-century estimates claimed that it weighed about fifteen tons. And, in 1783, Michael Rubin de Celis, A Spanish naval official who had approached the lump of ore with some two hundred […]