Monthly Archives: March 2016

NEWS: Tutankhamun tomb has numerous secret chambers, Egyptian official says after Japanese study that could shed light on Nefertiti’s resting place

“Egyptian ministers have previously promised that the chamber would be ‘full of treasures’ and could be ‘the discovery of the 21st century’ There are two previously secret chambers hidd…


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Posted by on March 17, 2016 in Uncategorized


The first inter-cultural ‘party’ in Europe?

Original Article: Dec 2015 The sharing of food and alcoholic beverages is extremely important today as in the past because provides a wealth of information on socie…

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Posted by on March 16, 2016 in Uncategorized


A guide to the mosaics along the Roman Baetica Route (Spain)

This from the author Carole of  ” ” FOLLOWING HADRIAN ” is an excellent post and a MUST READ for all those interested in the Roman period. The photo’s of the Mosaics are excellent.


On a recent trip to Southern Spain, I travelled along the Roman Baetica Route and I visited many of the archaeological sites and museums that Andalusia has to offer. Among the plethora of ancient treasures to be found in the region, I was particularly impressed by the incredible mosaics I came across.

The Roman Baetica Route is an ancient Roman road that passes through fourteen cities of the provinces of Seville, Cadiz, and Córdoba which correspond to modern-day Andalusia. It runs through the most southern part of the Roman province of Hispania and includes territories also crossed by the Via Augusta. The route connected Hispalis (Seville) with Corduba (Córdoba) and Gades (Cádiz). The word Baetica comes from Baetis, the ancient name for the river Guadalquivir.

The Roman Baetica Route The Roman Baetica Route

Before the arrival of the Romans, the area was occupied by the Turdetani, a powerful tribe and, according to Stabo…

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Posted by on March 14, 2016 in Uncategorized


On the Wild Side with Artist Ben Waddams.


The first thing people tend to relate the beautiful kingfisher to is often that iconic, iridescent ‘ flash of blue’. It is, after all, about the only thing many of us ever get to see of a bird that is seldom seen yet always a treat, if a little fleeting.

Perhaps not amongst the first words used in a description of this fabled bird would be ‘Sappho’ but that word, indeed, that person, is inextricably linked to the  kingfisher. To find out why, we need to travel back to the ancient Greeks, around 630 BC.

Sappho was a female Greek lyric poet, born on the island of Lesbos. The Alexandrians included her in the list of their nine most important lyric poets. Little is known for certain about her life, and sadly the bulk of her poetry, which was well known and greatly admired, has now been lost. However, her immense reputation has endured through surviving fragments. Sappho was, like many of her higher ranking contemporaries, quite experimental when it came to her passions. It was Sappho who linked her birthplace with the female love of women.

Sappho Greek Poet

Sappho the beautiful Greek Poet.

Ben goes on to tell us  that one of Sappho’s greatest loves was a remarkably beautiful woman, Atthis who’s beauty was legendary and when the great Carl Linnaeus came to give our bird its specific Latin name ( after the already charming and serene’ Alcedo’ meaning halcyon), he could think of no other way of describing attractiveness  than to bestow upon it Atthis.

Alcedo atthis not only fishes happily in the waters of Shropshire in the far west of its range in England but spans Eurasia all the way to the Solomon Islands. And although there are 87 different Kingfisher species in the world, ‘ours is the only one to breed in Europe. If eats fish of course, but also preys upon invertebrates, crustaceans and amphibians. So why mention Kingfishers this early in the year?. Well in many parts of northern and eastern Europe the kingfisher is migratory, some traveling up to 3,000km to their wintering grounds says Ben. The UK’s population of kingfishers is largely non-migratory but some ringed birds have been found on mainland Europe and vice versa.

Ben Waddams painting of the Kingfisher

Ben Waddams  Painting of a British Kingfisher. Oil on Board.




Germans have a different name for our species- eisvogel or ‘ icebird’, This reflects the fact that migrants move south to Germany in response to freezing conditions to the north. Indeed winter is the crucial time for kingfishers. A severe one can lead to as many as 90 per cent of Britain’s kingfishers perishing. The population is always on a natural knife edge, so a mild winter would mean that us nature enthusiasts will be treated to more of these beauties come the spring.


Posted by on March 11, 2016 in Uncategorized


Happy Third Anniversary to Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae!

Happy Third Anniversary to Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae! Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae was founded in March 2013, and since then it has grown to become the premier Linear B blog on the entire …

I have to congratulate my teacher Richard Vallance for all the work he has put into this project, as well as taking the time to teach me  how to read and write and understand the ancient Minoan/Mycenaean scripts.

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Posted by on March 10, 2016 in Uncategorized


The glorious Mogao cave temples and the earliest printed book

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Posted by on March 9, 2016 in Uncategorized


The Archaeology News Network: 31 intact burials unearthed at large Mycenaean cemetery

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Posted by on March 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

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