Distractions

I was hoping that gaming and stuff might provide some distractions and instead I ended up signing up for a free class at Coursera called “Archaeology’s Dirty Little Secrets.” It looks awesome. I’ve always wanted to take classes in archaeology and never had the chance when I was in college. I’m looking forward to this…

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Catalogs and categories of Epona artifacts

A friend of mine recently asked me if the categorization of Epona artifacts used on Epona.net was original to Nantonos and I. The short answer is that, no, every author who has studied Epona artifacts has created their own categories. It’s like organizing a pantry: each cook has a different way of arranging cans so…

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Middle English poetry

A good friend of mine and I share unusual tastes in history and music. We both like to listen to recitals of middle English and old English, for example. She shared a video of a reading of The Owl and the Nightengale, an early Middle English poem. The poem, and other works of Middle English,…

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ORBIS: Google Maps for Ancient Rome

The science fiction blog / news aggregate site io9 has an article today about ORBIS, a Google Maps for Ancient Rome. Want to know how long it would take to travel between Roma and Londinium and how much it might cost in denarii? ORBIS, developed by Standford University, can tell you all you want to…

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The Eagle

I’m going with a friend of mine to see The Eagle, a new movie based upon Rosemary Sutcliff’s book The Eagle of the Ninth. The movie gets mixed reviews. The review site Rotten Tomatoes gives The Eagle 34%. We’ll see how it is. None of the reviews are really good, and some of the reviews…

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Video: The Mummy and the Archaeologst, A love story

Josh Ritter’s latest album features a song called “The Curse,” about an archaeologist who falls in love with a mummy. The music video for this song was created by the band’s drummer, who is also a puppeteer. It is so nice to hear a story-driven song with a good melody. The video is just perfect.

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Mice of Pompeii

The plaster cast figures from Pompeii are pretty famous. The casts are made by pouring plaster into hollows left in the ash by an item that has decomposed (like bodies, wood, etc.). The resulting figures capture the expressions and last moments of the people who were killed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79CE. A…

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Learn Latin Online

I found a link to an online Latin immersion course, Latinum. The course provides sample tracks along with some text for studying. Sounds interesting. I started studying Latin last fall, but ended up setting it aside due to lack of time and server issues with the course. I learned a lot while I was in…

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Archaeology stories from Digg

December 23rd edition “2000 year old Bronze Horse Head Found In Germany” Frankfurt Scientists say a Roman horse head made from bronze and plated in gold has been discovered at an archaeological site in Germany. “Domestic Horse Ridden Further Back in Time” People were riding horses much earlier than previously thought, new archaeological finds suggest….

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Maps of War

A Twitter post today mentioned the Maps of War, a site that has history maps with time lines showing the progression of different events overlaid on a map. Two of the maps caught my eye: Imperial History of the Middle East and the History of Religion. I’ve embedded both of them here. While not much…

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Archaeology article links

I often post links to archaeology articles I find online using Digg. Digg used to offer a way to automatically post links from their service directly to a WordPress blog. A few months back, this service went away mysteriously. The only option I found to replace it is an integrated sidebar widget that lists the…

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Shrine to Jupiter found at Vindolanda

Found a link to the article below on Archaeological News. Amazing find! I’d love to be able to see it. To my friend on the right side of the pond — if you get to visit the site, send me a picture? hexham-courant.co.uk — ONE of the most important artefacts ever unearthed at the Vindolanda…

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Destroying an archaeological site to build a Sam’s Club

I was reading Archaeologica during lunch and discovered an article about an American Indian mound in Oxford, Alabama being used as fill dirt for a Sam’s Club. The council members don’t seem to care about the possible historical site being demolished. Instead they are doing “what is best” for the city. Here are some articles…

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Remains Of Gallo-Roman Winery in Burgundy

Science Daily had an article on the remains of a Gallo-Roman winery found in Burgundy. My favourite region in France is Burgundy. I should post some of the pictures I have of the grapevine-covered hill sides. It’s amazing. It would have been The Place to do a wine tasting — if I wasn’t allergic to…

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