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About ritaroberts

I am a retired archaeologist. I have worked on Minoan pottery in Crete. I have also worked on Roman and Medieval pottery in England. I enjoy Archaeology and History, also Geology and collecting fossils .I am now studying the Minoan/Mycenaean scripts writings.

“Diary of A Diabetic Kid” – The story behind “Gabriel’s Diabetic Kitchen”

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We have probably all heard the rather patronising expression “It’s so simple even a child could understand it”, when comes to understanding more about nutrition than governments and health ‘experts’, twelve year old Gabriel Van Wesemael has certainly proven this.

In 2015 he was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic which changed his life for ever but, with the help of a knowledgeable doctor he discovered the benefits of a low carb diet. He set out to create a networking platform to help diabetics to access the resources for starting their own low carb diet and even produced a series of enlightening short documentaries including one with his hero Prof. Tim Noakes (below) who invited him to become an Official Friend of The Noakes Foundation.

In ‘My Visit to the Vet’ Gabriel was interested to know how vets treat Diabetic pets, so he went to talk to Dr Ronald…

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Posted by on February 19, 2021 in Uncategorized


Agios Nikolaos, Crete , Archaeological Museum Golden Needle with Minoan Linear A


Agios Nikolaos, Crete , Archaeological Museum

Is the Minoan Golden Needle  given by Jean Piere Olivier in 1981 genuine?

By Sven Buchholz

Gorilla. CR Zf 1. Epingle d΄or. Measure 5 cm !


I first came to visit the archaeological museum of Agios Nikolaos in 1993. This archaeological Museum is relatively small, but with regard to findings from the Minoan epoch it is amongst the biggest in the world. This is probably because the most interesting Minoan findings were made within a 100 km range from Agios Nikolaos. The Museum of Sitia, also in the same province Lasithi, has also got a substantial collection from the same period.The museum is exhibiting big and small objects from the early Minoan period and up to the Hellenic  around 400 BC.

In order to absorb all you can see in the museum it is necessary to take a small section only at atime …

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Posted by on February 15, 2021 in Uncategorized


Video: Final DNA analysis of Windover Pond People in Florida

Video:  Final DNA analysis of Windover Pond People in Florida

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This is an excellent example of why anthropologists need to stop trying to create “one size fits all” speculations about the peopling of the Americas. There are too many exceptions!

When the original archaeological reports from the Windover Pond People were publicized in National Geographic Magazine, I was extremely busy with my architecture practice and cheese creamery in Virginia, plus had just met a sweet mademoiselle at a National Geographic Christmas Party, who I thought would be the love of my life. I did not have much time to give it deep thought. However, this drawing above intrigued me. It was exactly like the Neolithic burials at an ancient pond, now a bog, on Ven Island, Sweden. On that same island were petroglyphs that in the Southeastern United States would be labeled “Uchee and Creek sacred symbols.” How could that be?

Ven Island, Sweden in the Oresund Channel

The day…

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Posted by on February 7, 2021 in Uncategorized


Counting On Sheep

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In an earlier article I discussed my findings around the topic of vitamin D and the ongoing debate whether a deficiency in this pre-hormone results in worse outcomes from respiratory infections.

I was surprised at the time of discovering the vast amount of information out there on vitamin D that mainstream media hadn’t really covered it despite pleas to get the word out from David Davis MP and many scientists during the current situation and especially in the depths of winter when availability of sunlight is virtually non existent in countries north of the equator.

It seems that from the research, adequate vitamin D from food is minimal unless vast amounts of wild salmon and pasture raised egg yolks are consumed and therefore supplementation during the winter months is now even advised by our NHS, but where does the vitamin D in pill form come from?

I contacted the very…

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Posted by on February 6, 2021 in Uncategorized


The Beauty of Pot Lids

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In l835 George Baxter patented a printing process which was to revolutionize the production  of full color prints. Before this an engraving had to be hand tinted to produce a colored version, but first by printing the basic image in black outline from an engraved plate, then adding as many as twenty different colors, each printed from a separate plate, Baxter was able to produce exceedingly large amounts  of an image in color very quickly and inexpensively.

When one of Baxters employees left him in l848 to team up with another printer by the name of  F.W.Collins they patented a process similar to Baxters,but for printing on pottery. These men were able to evade the restrictions of Baxters patent by reversing the printing process.

Three separate colors- red-yellow and blue were printed first, then the black outline of the image was added. Felix Pratt a Staffordshire potter and the proprietor of…

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Posted by on February 1, 2021 in Uncategorized


Virtually visiting the Archaeological Museum of Thebes

It's All Greek To Me

The Archaeological Museum of Thebes reopened a few years ago after a long period of closure for renovations. My only previous visit to Thebes was during that closure, so visiting to see the new galleries has been on my wishlist for a while now. Obviously that’s not possible at the moment, since museums are closed and travelling around Greece isn’t allowed, but happily I just found that the museum has a virtual tour and lots of other online resources – so I’ve been on a virtual visit to its Mycenaean gallery.

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Posted by on January 28, 2021 in Uncategorized


Examples of Proto-Creek Art

Examples of Proto-Creek Art

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by Richard L. Thornton, Architect & City Planner

These images provide an overview of styles of art found in Pre-Columbian towns that were definitely ancestral to the Creek Indians. More accurate ethnic names would be Apalache or Apalachete, which is what the Creeks called themselves until the mid-18th century. The term, “Muskogee” did not appear until Malachi became High King in the early 1750s.

The Florida Apalachee never called themselves by that name until the Spanish began incorrectly telling them that was their name. The Florida Apalachee were actually Southern Arawaks from Peru. A Peruvian Arawak dictionary will translate most of the Florida Apalachee town and village names.

The indigenous cultures of northwestern Alabama were not ancestral to the Creek Indians. The site plan of Moundville seems to be a supersized version of early proto-Choctaw towns in Mississippi. Dr. Román Piña Chán of the Institutio Nacional de Antropologia E Historia…

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Posted by on January 20, 2021 in Uncategorized


The all Important Phaistos Disc

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The Phaistos disc was discovered in l908 by the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier in the Minoan pre-formed hieroglyphic “seals” into a disc of soft clay, in a clockwise sequence spiraling towards the disc’s center.

The Phaistos disc captured the imagination of amateur and professional archaeologists, and many attempts have been made to decipher the code behind the disc’s signs. While it is not clear that it is a script, most attempted decipherments  assume that it is; most additionally assume a syllabary , others an alphabet or logography.

Attempts at decipherment  are generally thought to be unlikely to succeed unless more examples of the signs are discovered, as it is generally agreed that there is not enough context available for a meaningful analysis. However more news has come to light recently with regard to the decipherment of The Phaistos Disc.

The Phaistos Disc 2

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Close-up section of the Phaistos Disc.


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Posted by on January 16, 2021 in Uncategorized


Creek Indian Longleaf Pine Needle Baskets

Creek Indian Longleaf Pine Needle Baskets

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by Richard L. Thornton, Architect & City Planner

The Southern Pine Needle basket above was made by my grandmother Mahala (Ruby) in the early 1920s. She gave it to me as a high school graduation present. All of her other remaining baskets disappeared from her house as we were attending her funeral. The two brooms were made by my Grandfather Obie in the 1950s.

Southern Longleaf Pine needles could grow to over 20 inches long. They were more resistant to damp climates than split wood baskets and easier to weave that split cane baskets. Of course, the supply of Longleaf Pine needles was almost infinite prior to the arrival of many white settlers in the 1800s, so there was a natural incentive to develop the artistry and techniques required to make beautiful, durable baskets from an abundant material. Nevertheless, the art of making pine needle baskets is little known outside…

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Posted by on January 16, 2021 in Uncategorized


Vitamin D: how it can help fight Covid19 – David Davis MP

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Former Brexit Secretary David Davis MP has recently reported on his success on turning his health around with a low carb way of eating.

Mr Davis published his story in the Daily Mail, recalling the health scare he had after stepping down from his cabinet position last year. He reported that a routine medical revealed some troubling blood test results, after which his doctor sent him for a liver scan.

The scan revealed that Mr Davis had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition characterised by a build-up of fat in the liver, which can lead to permanent liver damage and type 2 diabetes.

On 20th November 2020 he talked to Reaction editor Iain Martin about his research of over 100 papers during lockdown on the effectiveness of Vitamin D and his discussions with Matt Hancock and the NHS about how this simple hormone could make a big difference.


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Posted by on December 23, 2020 in Uncategorized

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