When The Life of Brian was first released in 1979 it was hailed by most as Monty Python’s finest parody and denounced by a few as the most blasphemous film of all time. But, with its unforgettable songs and its infinitely quotable script it has gone on to become an enduring cult classic. One of the more memorable quotes was:
“Apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system, and public health … what have the Romans ever done for us?
GHOST’S (CASPER) CONCRETE
Well, they also invented concrete by mixing lime, water and ash from volcanoes. Concrete was as strong as stone, and it set hard even under water. Take a look at the video . . . then consider the post by Middlesborough detectorist Graham Fox (Ghost ).
He asked members of a couple of detecting forums to look at his piece of floor (maybe ) and queried what it meant to them. He suggested that it might be Roman. This was met with derision and one member, a white-capped administrator jokingly replied that it was a section of the M1 Motorway. Another said it was part of a manhole cover. I even advised him to chuck it in the hedge, and played along with the teasing.
Please don’t underestimate the Ghost. This piece of ‘crap’ has been examined by the eminent archeologist Prof Paul Brad and electronically scanned by experts at the world famous Leominster Institute. The conclusion is that Casper’s piece of ‘crap’ is possibly a fragment of wall plaster from a Roman villa which dates from Circa AD 300 to Circa 410. The primary material is mortar or plaster and was hand made. They would like to know its provenance.
Great find . . . and I’m sorry for initially extracting the urine. Am I forgiven, Casper? Instead of jumping to conclusions the other guys should be ashamed of themselves.
Looks as though Casper may have been right all the time. Don’t underestimate this spook. I’ve changed my mind. What he has found is probably a bit of Roman concrete. SEE HERE
Last Word from Casper
The article (in John’s link) mentions the Pantheon, Colosseum and other known amazing structures of Ancient Rome … I’ve also got pieces of all these structures in my garden. It was fraught with danger, especially the wait to see if I was going to be pulled from my flight or stopped as I re-entered the UK.
The book on how these were acquired would be frowned upon but an exciting read nevertheless. I’ve seen secret catacombs along the Appian way that came about during a bizarre encounter with a local who lived along it. On my forearm I’ve a tattoo of the Greek fish with the secret Ixoye text, and the local spotted it as I stopped to take a picture . . . We chatted and he took me to his own property which had its own entrance to a part of the catacombs unspoiled and unseen . My eyes have seen some amazing ‘shit’.
Getting back to my concrete, £500 and it’s yours 🙂