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November 13, 2017

How people treat their dead can tell you a lot about their society. In the modern Western world death is something removed from everyday life. It is something that happens in hospitals and care homes, something doctors prevent for as long as possible. While we remember...

October 27, 2017

King Juba II,a marble bust in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

The Roman Empire was vast, stretching from Arabia in the South-East to Britain in the North- West, but despite knowing about the diverse territories ruled by Rome the diversity of the Roman people ofte...

October 15, 2017

We've all seen the posts on social media comparing emojis to hieroglyphs. Usually they are suggesting that we have gone backwards, reverting from a complex system of writing to simple communication through pictograms. However, while emojis offer a quick way to communic...

June 9, 2017

So now the one pound coin has had a dramatic makeover in order to make it harder to counterfeit. It's amazing to think that about 1 in 30 of the old pound coins in circulation were fakes. I never noticed, but then the point of a good forgery is that it is difficult to...

March 26, 2017

When we think of history, we often think of it in monchrome. Not just the black and white photographs of the last hundred years, but also the statues in striking white stone which decorated both ancient and more modern houses across Europe. Unfortunately, this could no...

March 17, 2017

Church of St Gertrude in Nivelles, Jean-Pol Grandmont via Wikimedia

Most people know 17th March as St Patrick's Day, but it is also the saint's day of the lesser known St Gertrude of Nivelles. As the patron saint of house cats and mental illness, she is a particular fav...

February 23, 2017

So this is exciting! Starting your own business, creating a shiny new website, writing a blog...

Well I'm sure I will find many interesting things to write about. Barry and I often go on adventures to historic places and museums, and there are exciting new archaeologica...

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