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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.

Choc Chip & Cranberry Cookies

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Searching for a recipe for an Easter egg replacement treat I found this recipe on YouTube modifying it slightly by omitting the sweetener, and sugar free (but not sweetener free) choc chips, replacing these with a small amount of unsweetened cranberries and very dark chocolate. The result is a portion controlled (makes two) cookie that really hits the spot without the excessive carbs and a microbiome that doesn’t go into chaos over an influx of fake sugar.

The original recipe (link above) uses a microwave to “bake” the cookies but I found that a traditional oven bake gave them a more robust texture.

15g Butter or Coconut Oil (melted)
56g Almond Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Egg Yolk
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Square of 90% Dark Chocolate (chopped)
1 tbl Cranberries (chopped)

Combine all the ingredients until a crumbly mix is achieved.
Form the mixture into a…

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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Uncategorized


Teaching with CREWS

Do you want to learn more about writing in the ancient world? Then read on!

I am excited to tell you that we recently received a small grant to develop some teaching materials based on our research on ancient writing systems and practices! Firstly, we want to make as many resources as we can available to the wider public, and we hope that lots of people will enjoy and learn from these – especially in these dark times when so many of us are isolated from each other, looking for something to take our minds off the news, and so many children are learning at home. This post is going to give you an idea of resources that are already available, and ones that are coming soon.

ERNbH7bX0AAdE_e Lego Pippa and Philip demonstrating ancient writing techniques to a crowd of fascinating onlookers. Lego tableau by Philip Boyes!

Eventually we aim to…

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Posted by on April 1, 2020 in Uncategorized


Pottery in Archaeology (Iron Age)

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My previous two posts about ” Pottery in Archaeology ” covered the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age period In this post I will talk about the Iron Age Pottery found on various archaeologcal sites in Britain.

Please remember as previously stated that these posts are intended for the beginner interested in archaeology and wishing to study ancient pottery.


Archaeologists have found pottery sherds at almost all regions of Iron Age settlements around Britain and at this time pots were handmade from local clay and fired in bonfire kilns,or a shallow pit. The clay would have been mixed with ‘temper’ such as quartz sand, pellets, crushed burnt flint or fired clay (grog),even organic material like grasses. This helped to reduce shrinking and cracking of the pots when drying. The colour of the pot could be controlled by varying the amount of oxygen in the firing.People made different types of pots or decorated them in their own particular style in…

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Posted by on March 31, 2020 in Uncategorized


Write Me, Let Me Know You’re Ok


P.Oxy.14.1666, From Pausanias to Heraclides, 3rd Century CE

“Brother, please write me about your family’s safety, since I heard that there was a plague in your part of Antinoopolis. So don’t forget to write me so that I can be happier about you. Say hello to my mother, the master of the house, my sister and our children, who will be kept safe. Pausanias greets you. I pray that the whole household stays well.”

παρακαλῶ οὖ[ν], ἄδελφε, γράψαι μοι περὶ τῆς ὑμῶν σω[τ]ηρίας, ἐπεὶ ἤκουσα ἐν τῇ Ἀντινόου ὅτι παρ᾿ ὑμεῖν λοιμὸς [ἐγ]ένετο. μὴ οὖν ἀμελήσῃς, ἵνα κἀγὼ περὶ ὑμῶν εὐθυμότερον διάξω. ἀσπάζου πολλὰ τὴν κυρίαν μου μητέρα καὶ [τὴν ἀδελ-]φήν μου καὶ τὰ ἀβάσκαντα ἡμῶν παιδ[ία. ἀσπά]ζεται ὑμᾶς Παυσανίας. ἐρρῶσθαί [σ]ε [εὔχ(ομαι)] πανο[ικ]εί.

Here’s a link to the papyrus

Bust of Antinoüs-Osiris from Hadrian’s Villa at TivoliLouvre collection.

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Posted by on March 31, 2020 in Uncategorized


Nordic Nut Bread

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When I first discovered this recipe for Nordic Nut Bread, I was curious how a pile of nuts and some eggs could create a bread, there wasn’t even a need for baking powder.

It is actually a nut and seed bread but the good thing about this recipe is that the ingredients can be varied according to taste. My first attempt has been a complete success and I have to say it is the tastiest bread alternative I have tried since ditching ‘real’ bread three years ago. It is delicious with sardines, pate or cheese or just butter and can be sliced really thinly without crumbling or falling apart.

So, if you like the texture of a Rye bread with just really healthy ingredients, this is a winner.

Flax Seed (Milled)
Poppy Seeds
Chia Seeds
Dried Cranberries
Pumpkin Seeds
Brazil Nuts
Pecan Nuts
4 Eggs

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Posted by on March 23, 2020 in Uncategorized


An Under-Appreciated Fish That Deserves More Attention

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Sardines are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, they’re caught in the wild, and they’re still surprisingly cheap.

Just 100 grams of canned sardines provide 2 grams omega-3’s, the fatty acids EPA and DHA which have been found to lower triglycerides. They also have the lowest levels of mercury of any fish and more likely to be sustainably caught.

It doesn’t stop there, other than fortified products, there are few other food sources of Vitamin D. They are also an excellent source of vitamin B12 which promotes cardiovascular health since it is said to keep levels of homocysteine in balance, homocysteine can damage artery walls, with elevated levels being a risk factor for atherosclerosis.

With concern over the health of the seas, people are turning to sardines as they feed solely on plankton, and therefore do not concentrate heavy metals, such as mercury, and contaminants as do some other…

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Posted by on March 18, 2020 in Uncategorized


There Are Diseases Hidden In Ice And They Are Waking Up

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In light of the recent unfolding global crisis I found myself wondering why now? A recent presentation by Dr Eric Berg  discussed how the Spanish Flu pandemic at the very end of the First World War may have been so severe because of the poor state of health of the population at that time following four years of fighting in grueling conditions and a limited supply of staple foods. This led me to research the effects of global warming on bacteria and viruses. 

Normally, I would take any online social media-style click bait with a pinch of salt but this article I discovered was on the BBC Earth website from 2017 that posed the question…
“What would happen if we were suddenly exposed to deadly bacteria and viruses that have been absent for thousands of years, or that we have never met before?”

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Posted by on March 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

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