This week I'd like to highlight an amazing website which has endless potential to provide both a fun passtime and contribute towards archaeology: Beacons of the Past. The project builds on a massive set of LiDAR data, covering 1400 km2 across the Chilterns. The issue is, this is a HUGE amount of data, and it's … Continue reading Beacons of the Past: Help Find a Hillfort!
The Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum in Xi'an China, known popularly for its Terracotta Warriors, is an archaeological marvel. But what does the site actually consist of, how has the museum managed to display a set of artefacts on such a colossal, breath-taking scale. In a new series on MuseumCraft, we take a look at Qinshihuang's … Continue reading The Terracotta Warriors – Artefacts in Context?
★★★★☆ Beautifully shot and movingly emotional, The Dig is an impressive example of how the process of history and archaeology can be adopted for drama, even if the film has a tendency to run away with that drama. Making a drama about archaeology is an almost knife-edge impossibility, for the simple reason that real day-to-day … Continue reading The Dig: A Review
Cat Jarman's new book River Kings is a huge triumph, not only for the study of the Vikings in England more broadly, but for the accessibility of the archaeological method, and the outstanding uses it can be put to. #ComissionsEarned (This post includes Amazon Affiliate links) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying … Continue reading River Kings by Cat Jarman: A Review
Introduction Archaeology is about much more than treasure-hunting but, inevitably, popular attention tends to be drawn towards rich and magnificent finds. Within an early medieval context, the 'Princely' burials of the Mid Saxon period are particularly notable in this context. The Sutton Hoo Mound 1 ship-burial is deservedly famous and the most impressive example, but … Continue reading The Prittlewell Prince
This week we're looking at the wonderful Viking Society for Northern Research, a society founded in 1892 to further the study of the 'medieval North' and Old Norse studies. Today, it is one of the foremost academic societies for the study of the 'Vikings' in the world. You can access the website for the society … Continue reading The Viking Society for Northern Research
The British Museum is full of all sorts of things that shouldn't be there. One less well-known example, beyond the Elgin Marbles and the Rosetta Stone, is an initially inconspious clay tablet, traditionally referred to as 'The Complaint Tablet of Ea-nasir'. The tablet itself is made of clay, c.12cm by 5cm, and covered in cuneiform … Continue reading The Complaint Tablet of Ea-nasir
One of the 'Anglo-Saxon' period's most impressive, and most complex, artefacts is the so-called 'Franks Casket'. A lidded whalebone box, covered in intricate carvings and text, the casket appears to originate from an early eight-century Northumbrian context. But what was it used for, and what can it tell us? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franks_Casket#/media/File:Franks_casket_03.jpg) Finding the Casket The existence … Continue reading The Franks Casket
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
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