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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.

A Roman Villa in the Cotswolds

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The 4th century A.D. in Britain is viewed by many as a golden age, and the Cotswolds  was the richest and most peaceful area of Roman Britain. Then, as now , wealth was concentrated in the hands of the few, especially public officials, benefiting from corrupt and wildly inefficient’ economy  of the later Roman Empire. Here in the Cotswolds , England is where the remains of the famouse  Chedworth Roman  Villa   stand.


Looking out from the main villa buildings today it is easy to imagine that the view has not changed to much in centuries. Nestling in a combe, at the head of a shallow valley enclosed on all but the eastern side, there is nothing modern or intrusive as far as the eye can see, just woodland,fields, dry-stone walls, hedges and sky. In fact the sense of remoteness and tranquillity  is greater now than it has been in the past. If you…

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Posted by on June 21, 2022 in Uncategorized


Newly found Chinese artifacts illuminate mysterious ancient kingdom 


Wed, June 15, 2022, 7:06 AM

Wang Xi

A bronze altar and a dragon with a pig’s nose are among a trove of items discovered in sacrificial pits that shed new light on the buried secrets of an ancientChinese civilization.

Archaeologists on Monday announced the “significant” series of finds at the Sanxingdui ruins in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, according to theteam behind the digand the state-run Xinhua news agency.

A team including academics from Peking University and Sichuan University foundthousands of items including intricate bronze, gold and jade items, and what it called the unprecedented discovery of 10 bronzes. Experts say the finds date back 3,000 to 4,500 years.

Discovered in the late 1920s, Sanxingdui is one of the key Chinese archaeological sites. Experts think its treasures once belonged to the ancient Shu kingdom, which dates back 4,800 years and lasted 2,000 years.

The new…

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Posted by on June 19, 2022 in Uncategorized


The Great Plant-Based Con – Why Eating a Plants-Only Diet Won’t Improve Your Health or Save the Planet

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Plant-based is best for health, go vegan to help save the planet, eat less meat… Almost every day we are bombarded with the seemingly incontrovertible message that we must reduce our consumption of meat and dairy – or eliminate them from our diets altogether.


But what if the pervasive message that the plant-based diet will improve our health and save the planet is misleading – or even false? What if removing animal foods from our diet is a serious threat to human health, and a red herring in the fight against climate change.

In THE GREAT PLANT-BASED CON, Jayne Buxton demonstrates that each of these ‘what-ifs’ is, in fact, a reality. Drawing on the work of numerous health experts and researchers, she uncovers how the separate efforts of a constellation of individuals, companies and organisations are leading us down a dietary road that will have severe repercussions for our health…

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Posted by on June 16, 2022 in Uncategorized


‘We’re still here’: past and present collide at a Native American boarding school

‘We’re still here’: past and present collide at a Native American boarding school


Sherman Indian high school – previously called the Sherman Institute – in 1903.Photograph: Sepia Times/UIG/Getty Images

Sherman Indian high school is among the last remnants of a brutal history that students and government are reckoning with

With other students’ eyes on her, Wicahpi Medicine’s heart raced, but as she started dancing, she felt proud to embody her Lakota heritage. The beads on her jingle dress swished and her long braids bounced as she moved quickly and lightly in her moccasins.

“People think that we’re extinct – they think we don’t really exist anymore,” said the 17-year-old student, who goes by Kimmi. Dancing at Sherman Indian high school cultural week, she said she was showing “we are still here”.

Medicine is one of more than 200 students from 76 Native American tribes who come from across the country to attend the all-Native American boarding school, which opened in Riverside, California…

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Posted by on June 6, 2022 in Uncategorized


Were Our Ancestors Meat Eaters or Vegetarians?

A very interesting post by David Roberts “Low carb for Life”

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Despite critics of the Paleo Diet one thing is certain, removal of processed food can only be a good thing. There are critics out there that claim the diet can result in calcium and fibre deficiency due to the elimination of dairy and ‘healthy’ whole grains and question, just how can it be proven that our diet back then consisted of mainly meat?

It is said that the profound changes in our ancestral diet that began with the introduction of agriculture 10,000 years ago, began too recent in our evolution for the human genome to adjust and as such, many of the so-called diseases of civilization have emerged, according to Paleo diet experts Boyd Eaton and Loren Cordain.

Food processing procedures introduced in the Industrial Period have fundamentally altered crucial nutritional characteristics of our previous two-million-year-old diet, resulting in what they and many others believe, have contributed to the diseases…

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Posted by on May 30, 2022 in Uncategorized


Uric Acid: The Missing Link in Weight Gain, Diabetes, Heart Disease & Dementia (Dr. David Perlmutter)

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TheNew York Timesbestselling author ofGrain BrainandBrain Wash offers some fascinating insights and advice on reducing high uric acid levels.

Obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, fatty liver disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, neurological disorders, and premature death could all be stoked by high uric acid levels.

The respected scientific literature is bursting with evidence that elevated uric acid levels lie at the root of many pervasive health conditions, but mainstream medicine for the most part remains unaware of this connection.

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Posted by on May 26, 2022 in Uncategorized


Mushroom Steaks & Stilton Sauce

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Tender, juicy and meaty mushroom steaks served with a Stilton and sour cream sauce that comes together in no time. This easy recipe has something for everyone, whether low-carb, vegetarian, both or neither.


2 Portobello (large flat) mushrooms
For the Marinade
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce or liquid amino’s
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Ground black pepper (to taste)
Sea salt (to taste)
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon ground cumin

Remove the stems from the mushrooms. Combine the oil and seasonings and brush to coat the mushrooms. Leave the mushrooms in the remaining liquid to marinade for 10 minutes.
Heat a griddle pan or a George Foreman grill, place the mushroom steaks on the hot grill and cook until soft and lightly charred.
Alternatively, heat in the oven at 200°C for approximately 30 minutes.
For the Sauce
Combine 100g of sour…

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Posted by on May 12, 2022 in Uncategorized


The Evolution of Us – Genetic Links to How Our Bodies Digest Carbohydrates

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Amylase is a case where diet may have the potential to change our genes. Populations that have higher numbers of amylase gene copies and more amylase in their saliva tend to eat more starch and were found to digest starchy carbohydrates faster. They also displayed a higher blood glucose response to foods containing starch such as bread and pasta. There has been speculation it could represent an adaptation to the influence of diet during human evolution, perhaps associated with the shift from the low starch diet of hunter-gatherers to the high starch diets of Neolithic farmers.

It has been found that even animals that live alongside humans have diets that are different to those of their wild relatives, and these differences have led to dietary adaptations. While wolves are highly carnivorous, dogs have adapted to eating starchy human food scraps.
Amylase, which kick-starts digestion of starch in the mouth, is…

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Posted by on May 6, 2022 in Uncategorized


What a Beautiful Box! I Will Put the Iliad In It

Plutarch, Life of Alexander 26.4 “When a small box was brought to him—which seem more valuable than the rest of the possessions and baggage they had taken from Dareios, [Alexander] asked his friends what thing seem especially worthy of being put in it. Although many of them made many suggestions, Alexander said that he would…

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Posted by on April 19, 2022 in Uncategorized


Say Cheese! – Alkaline Phosphatase & the French Paradox

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The French Paradox, a term devised to rationalise the ‘decadent’ French diet, dripping in saturated fats from cheese, pate, butter, cream and alcohol from wine which runs contrary to low rates of cardiovascular disease in the French population.

Previous studies often focused on resveratrol, the antioxidant in red wine as an explanation of the paradox but, studies have found that the fermented milk components in cheese stimulate the production of an intestinal enzyme called alkaline phosphatase. This could have benefits in addition to wine by reducing systemic inflammation resulting in improved cardiovascular health.


The image of a sumptuous wedge of cheese and bottle of aged red wine is considered forbidden by current dogma yet years of research show that a French diet may lower incidence of heart disease. Although the beneficial properties of antioxidants in red wine may go some way to explain the French Paradox, the benefits may actually…

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Posted by on April 17, 2022 in Uncategorized

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