Exploring and Travelling the Roman Empire

This week's free online resource is the ORBIS website from Stamford University, which can be found here - https://orbis.stanford.edu/ The site focuses on exploring inter-connection through travel routes and, as a unique and amusing feature, lets you calculate how long travel would have taken between two locations, dependent on a vast number of factors - … Continue reading Exploring and Travelling the Roman Empire

England’s Immigrants Database (1330-1550)

England has always been a country built on immigration, from the Romans to the 'Anglo-Saxons' and the Vikings. The England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 database provides an amazing way to visualise and explore the practical bottom-up evidence for this in later medieval period, and is available here: https://www.englandsimmigrants.com/ This resource has painstakingly combed through a wide range … Continue reading England’s Immigrants Database (1330-1550)

Resources for Early Medieval Language Learning

A historian of the early medieval period needs to wear many hats, and an understanding of contemporary languages is crucial. Many primary sources haven't been translated to modern English and, where they have, questions of variable translation underly questions of interpretation. However, getting started in these language can be a tough task. I'm not a … Continue reading Resources for Early Medieval Language Learning

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Archaeology – A Beginner’s Recommended Reading List

Archaeology is a fascinating subject, but is often quite difficult to get into. There's an awful lot of complex jargon associated with it, scientific wizardry, and illegible publications. However, with a little bit of background reading, it's absolutely possible for even the most casual enthusiast to develop a deep and complex understanding of the fundamental … Continue reading Archaeology – A Beginner’s Recommended Reading List

Archaeology Maps – the Aerial Archaeology Mapping Explorer

To the great happiness of anyone interested in Landscape Archaeology, Historical England have just released a new free online archaeological resource - the Aerial Archaeology Mapping Explorer, available here. This website plots a diverse set of archaeological surveys onto a map of England, allowing the user to explore the past within the areas they live … Continue reading Archaeology Maps – the Aerial Archaeology Mapping Explorer

The British Museum’s Online Collection

There's a lot in the British Museum that shouldn't be there, 'borrowed' during England's colonial past. One classic example is the Complaints Tablet of Ea-nasir, a wonderful piece of archaeological evidence now removed far from its original context. I've written before (here) about how the use of replicas might help us address some of the … Continue reading The British Museum’s Online Collection