I ran across this piece on the designer of the most popular modern tarot deck: "Fool’s Journey: The Fascinating Life of Pamela Colman Smith" by Beth and thought friends might find it at least as interesting as I do.
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From BBC News: "Medieval mural of King Henry VIII uncovered in Somerset". The snarky voice in my head keeps saying, "How amazingly prescient! Some medieval painter managed to make a mural of an early modern king before the early modern era started!" Medievalists sometimes argue with our early modernist colleagues about when medieval ends and early modern begins, but no one puts Henry VIII in the Middle Ages—except, apparently, BBC News. The story is quite interesting, and the video fun to watch, if you ignore the huge blooper in the headline and once in the body of the item.

Meanwhile, the Chaucer blogger is at it again with "Fab-Lib: The Gentil Compaignye of Three". Read the whole thing. Really. You'll thank me later.

And from [livejournal.com profile] or_mabinogi: Beowulf sock pattern, for when you really want to get wrapped up in Old English.
From BBC News: "Medieval mural of King Henry VIII uncovered in Somerset". The snarky voice in my head keeps saying, "How amazingly prescient! Some medieval painter managed to make a mural of an early modern king before the early modern era started!" Medievalists sometimes argue with our early modernist colleagues about when medieval ends and early modern begins, but no one puts Henry VIII in the Middle Ages—except, apparently, BBC News. The story is quite interesting, and the video fun to watch, if you ignore the huge blooper in the headline and once in the body of the item.

Meanwhile, the Chaucer blogger is at it again with "Fab-Lib: The Gentil Compaignye of Three". Read the whole thing. Really. You'll thank me later.

And from [livejournal.com profile] or_mabinogi: Beowulf sock pattern, for when you really want to get wrapped up in Old English.
Cardiff University students from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion were learning to use geophysical mapping equipment when they found a number of previously unmapped structures.

Article in The Guardian

The Cardiff University page for the find is better: you can watch video and see some large images using the links at the bottom. I had some trouble getting the video to play. I finally tried right-click and selecting "Watch video on Vimeo" and was able to watch.

Enjoy!
Cardiff University students from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion were learning to use geophysical mapping equipment when they found a number of previously unmapped structures.

Article in The Guardian

The Cardiff University page for the find is better: you can watch video and see some large images using the links at the bottom. I had some trouble getting the video to play. I finally tried right-click and selecting "Watch video on Vimeo" and was able to watch.

Enjoy!
aelfgyfu_mead: (helmet)
( Aug. 11th, 2010 05:59 pm)
From NPR: Archaeologists Dig Up Britain's Oldest Known Home.

The archaeological site has its own website, www.starcarr.com. They don't seem to have the news about the oldest home up yet; that might be what they mean by "Further excavations in the summer of 2008 on the dryland trench produced some more exciting finds (sorry but we can't yet reveal them on the website!)". I haven't had time to watch the videos yet (and am posting partly so that I can come back to them when I have more time).
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aelfgyfu_mead: (helmet)
( Aug. 11th, 2010 05:59 pm)
From NPR: Archaeologists Dig Up Britain's Oldest Known Home.

The archaeological site has its own website, www.starcarr.com. They don't seem to have the news about the oldest home up yet; that might be what they mean by "Further excavations in the summer of 2008 on the dryland trench produced some more exciting finds (sorry but we can't yet reveal them on the website!)". I haven't had time to watch the videos yet (and am posting partly so that I can come back to them when I have more time).
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First, the big, important find:
Another henge about a thousand meters from Stonehenge; they're still determining a lot of the facts about it.
Related items here and here

Now for a minor but deeply disturbing find. I know some of you will find this amusing. Someone appears to have redone Beowulf as a porn novel. Warning: not child-safe, work-safe, or food-and-beverage safe. You have been warned. Look at your own risk. As Lunie says, "What has been seen cannot be unseen." You can see the cover, blurb, and ordering info here, if you really want.
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First, the big, important find:
Another henge about a thousand meters from Stonehenge; they're still determining a lot of the facts about it.
Related items here and here

Now for a minor but deeply disturbing find. I know some of you will find this amusing. Someone appears to have redone Beowulf as a porn novel. Warning: not child-safe, work-safe, or food-and-beverage safe. You have been warned. Look at your own risk. As Lunie says, "What has been seen cannot be unseen." You can see the cover, blurb, and ordering info here, if you really want.
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Well, technically, it's under the pub's parking lot. In 1938, the first time it was discovered, when the old pub was moved back and a new car park built, the foreman told the workers to bury it again so construction wouldn't be delayed. BBC News Story.

Somehow, it seems really fitting that a Viking ship should turn up in a pub's parking lot; they were just about a millennium too early to get their pints.
Well, technically, it's under the pub's parking lot. In 1938, the first time it was discovered, when the old pub was moved back and a new car park built, the foreman told the workers to bury it again so construction wouldn't be delayed. BBC News Story.

Somehow, it seems really fitting that a Viking ship should turn up in a pub's parking lot; they were just about a millennium too early to get their pints.
I've just finished reading a fascinating account of the "Flat Error"--not the idea that the Earth is flat, but the idea that medieval (or sometimes other) people thought the Earth was flat, Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians by Jeffrey Burton Russell (NY: Praeger, 1991). More about the Flat Error and the book )
I've just finished reading a fascinating account of the "Flat Error"--not the idea that the Earth is flat, but the idea that medieval (or sometimes other) people thought the Earth was flat, Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians by Jeffrey Burton Russell (NY: Praeger, 1991). More about the Flat Error and the book )
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