Monthly Archives: January 2016

How do you put on a torc?

British Museum blog

Julia Farley, Curator, European Iron Age collection, British Museum

As curator of the Celts exhibition, I get to spend a lot of time showing people wonderful Iron Age treasures. Some of my favourites are the big metal neck rings called torcs that were worn across much of Europe (and beyond) around 2000 years ago. One of the things I get asked most often is, ‘But how did you put them on?!’ It’s a very good question, seeing as they often look like solid metal rings with nowhere near enough space to squeeze your neck through.

Many British torcs are a bit like this one:

00033809_001 The Snettisham Great Torc. Found in Snettisham, UK. Electrum, 150 BC–50 BC. Diam. 19.9 cm. British Museum 1951,0402.2. (Photo: (c) The Trustees of the British Museum)

Although this is one of the most famous examples, the form is typical: open at the front, with a flexible…

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Posted by on January 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


Ancient Babylonian texts ‘earliest evidence of mathematical astronomy’

An analysis of five ancient tablets reveals the Babylonians calculated the position of Jupiter using geometric techniques almost 1,500 years earlier than first thought.

Source: Ancient Babylonian texts ‘earliest evidence of mathematical astronomy’

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Posted by on January 29, 2016 in Uncategorized


For Wild Life Enthusiasts

I thought my fellow bloggers would like to read something different for a change from my Linear B Studies . So this post is all about a very special gentleman,  Artist Ben  Waddams. Originally from Buckinghamshire South East England, Ben now lives in Shropshire England and is a successful British Wildlife Artist.

Ben also has a feature column in the Mid Wales Journal which I read every week, this is because my dear friend posts these papers to me from England to Crete, where I now live so that I keep up to date with what’s going on both in England and Wales.


Here Ben talks a little about his work.

Ben has lived in the United States for many years on several different occasions and traveled in search of  exotic wildlife across Central America and Africa. “I have been lucky enough to have lived and  traveled through some truly mesmerizing area’s of the world and this is where I take my inspiration from ” says Ben. Some people may make the point that filming, painting and writing about animals is not active conservation. Correct, its not, until the awareness and money made can be injected into projects . But there has to be that awareness in the first place. There needs to be that appreciation of wildlife, gained through the descriptions of the place or the portrait of the animal, for people to then dip into their pay- packet and change their lifestyles with the aim to conserve the species on this planet, which I think we all have a moral duty to do.This is why I paint , write and photograph. I try to paint ‘moments in nature’ Scenes where for the most part, the viewer plays no active role . My paintings aim to be windows into the natural world and they are concerned primarily  with animal behavior and potential energy – that moment caught in time before life resumes.

Ben’s  Xmas article in the Mid Wales Journal included the old favourite and now England’s National bird the robin. In winter they become rather fascinating in their movements .The robins we see in our gardens and throughout  towns and villages during the summer months are largely ‘resident ‘ but a small minority, usually females, migrate to southern Europe during the winter. Some of these migrate as far as Spain.

Scandinavian and Russian robins in turn migrate to Britain and Western  Europe to escape the harsher winters in their motherland, returning in the spring.  So, how can we tell which nationality the robin we are looking at is?   Well the migrants can be recognized by the greyer tone of the upper parts of their bodies. They are also a little more festive. They have a more orange breast, perfect for Xmas time.

Female robins move a short distance from the summer nesting territory to a  nearby territory while the males battle to keep the same territory throughout the year, a task made harder by the new arrivals.

Below are a few of Ben Waddams superb paintings.

Robin painting by Ben Waddams

The ever popular Robin painting by Ben Waddams


Blue tit by Ben Waddams

The Blue Tit.   I love this one.

Ben Waddams sketch of Bengal Tiger. (Tiger in the sun.)

This one is my favourite. Ben Waddams sketch of a Bengal Tiger.

Ben Waddams painting with David Sheperd

Ben Waddams painting with David Shepperd –

See more of Ben’s wild life paintings at




Posted by on January 23, 2016 in Wildlife


Linear B tablet K 04-22 N b 05 from the Knossos “Armoury”

Source: Linear B tablet K 04-22 N b 05 from the Knossos “Armoury”

Here is another brilliant translation from my teachers blog  of the above Linear B Tablet.  For me, they are getting more difficult because I have to submit my own translation in the hope I can come up to the standard my teacher Richard Vallance expects of me and, of course as I expect of myself.  Thanks to my fellow bloggers who are supporting me.

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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in Uncategorized


New technology finds York gladiators’ homelands

Source: New technology finds York gladiators’ homelands

For those of you interested in the Roman period this is a must read from the History Blog.

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Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Uncategorized


Linear B tablet Sd 4401 from the Knossos “Armoury”, a fully assembled chariot

Source: Linear B tablet Sd 4401 from the Knossos “Armoury”, a fully assembled chariot

This is my teachers translation of the above Linear B tablet and is an example of some of the tablets from the Knossos  Armoury  which I have to translate for my mid term exam.

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Posted by on January 16, 2016 in Uncategorized


Round houses found at Bronze Age Must Farm site

Source: Round houses found at Bronze Age Must Farm site

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Posted by on January 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

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