If you count yourself as an inhabitant of the UK you may well have spent a proportion of the last month (at the very least) clinging onto an umbrella of apathy while politicians encourage a deluge of media reports, party political broadcasts and those glossy leaflets you find by your front door. What feels like demokratia –… Read More Demokratia in your face
If you’re one of the people flocking to Leicester over this week you will be able to appreciate the magnetic pull of human remains being paraded through the street in a small wooden box. The draw of an individual famous perhaps more because of his notoriety and penchant for nepoticide than anything else. Richard III… Read More The return of a King?
You may have noticed my rather prolonged absence from the ways of the WordPress blog. I contracted a rather interesting variety of tonsillitis and am claiming this as a legitimate excuse to have been kept from the blogosphere. But the latest news that has been filtering its way to us deserves attention. We have been… Read More Thousands of Years: Gone in One Day
Last night, having enjoyed my evening meal (lasagne, thank you for asking) prepared in my centrally heated house. I settled down with a chilled glass of wine to passively entertain myself before the all engrossing deity of evening activities, the television. Like many of us 21st century homo-sapiens, particularly armchair archaeologists, we observe from afar… Read More 10,000 B.C. Experimental Archaeology into the history of human folly…
This post is the first in a new series of posts that I shall be updating throughout 2015. In part the reason for this is a) the Romans had a really interesting attitude to death that deserves your and my attention b) sometimes the things the Romans wrote about death are hilarious, thought provoking, incredibly… Read More Daft Epitaphs
So the festive season has finally drawn its last rattling, jingling breath. Pies have been appreciated, turkey sandwiches munched. We all seem to unanimously look towards the bleak expanse of January with its hordes of deadlines and responsibilities and detoxing much like a downtrodden Cleopatra on the battle of Actium. Much like the afore-mentioned Queen of… Read More Time for 2015 to be welcomed to the way of the Toga
If, like a guest at a Roman banquet (convivium or maybe a comissatio if you were drinking more than eating[!]) you are slowly starting to digest the gargantuan amount of food that comes our way every mid-winter, it is quite possible your mind has turned to entertainment to aid the process along. Perhaps less like the Romans we… Read More Exodus to the cinema… Swords, sandals, epic films and Archaeology