I saw that the Identification and Evaluation desk of a well-known and popular UK metal detecting magazine was discussing an ‘intriguing’ Roman find, which looked as though it might be an impression from an official coin die of Allectus. Continue Reading…
Archives For Romans
When they were clearing up at the World Trade Center an archaeological team uncovered part of an 18th century ship. They also found a coin, not in the best of condition as you can see opposite, but echoing the ancient tradition where coins are placed under or near the mast of the ship when it is installed. For details of the discovery, click HERE.
Learning never stops. It wasn’t until relatively recently that I heard of such a thing as a LACHRYMATORY – TEAR BOTTLE. Exactly what are they and when did they come into being? The Old Testament of the King James Bible refers to collecting tears in a bottle – in Psalm 56:8 when David prays to God: Thou tellest my wanderings, put thou my tears in Thy bottle; are they not in Thy Book? The reference predates the birth of Christ by over 1000 years!
The Daily Mail has excelled itself in leading yet another media blitz on the baby skeletons found in Hambleton, Buckinghamshire.
Roman prostitutes were forced to kill their own children and bury them in mass graves at English ‘brothel’
Very imaginative and sensational. After this story broke last year I talked with Dr. Eyers and she admitted that she had propagated the ‘brothel’ story just to get attention. Her exact words were,”to sex the story up’. Funding for the continuing excavation must be running low. MailOnline story HERE
Another Attempt at Making a Boring Story More Exciting
This time the sexed-up story comes from Louise Ord, the assistant producer of the television programmer Digging for Britain. The headline on this BBC news story is TOMB FOUND AT STONEHENGE QUARRY SITE. The body of the article uses phrases like could have been unearthed . . . it is thought . . . may be have been associated and archaeologists believe.
A new series of BBC Two’s Digging for Britain begins at 21:00 on Friday, 9 September . . . and that’s the real story! Anyway, Hot blooded males will be tuning in just to see current archaeological darling Dr. Alice Roberts.
I don’t know what the subject says about me, but I’ve always had a fascination for the way in which innovation in sanitation has helped us to move forward. (smile) Indeed, I once gave a talk to the local Women’s Institute on A Brief History of the English Toilet. I was enthusiastic about my subject, but completely misjudged the audience. Didn’t know how fast to get out of there! However, one of the ladies invited me to visit her garden to see a defunct two-seater midden. I declined or, to evoke an oft-used News of the World phrase, ‘I made my excuses and left’!