mediaevalist: (Funney!)
This 3,500-Year-Old Dagger Made a Really Great Doorstop

The History Blog reports that a farmer in Norfolk, England, unearthed a bent piece of bronze while plowing a field. He put it to work as a doorstop, and it served that purpose for more than a decade. Eventually, the farmer started thinking about getting rid of the four-pound thing. But a friend convinced him to ask an archaeologist about its origins before consigning it to the local dump.

That’s where things get interesting—because the farmer's doorstop wasn’t trash at all. Experts have identified the piece as “the Rudham Dirk," a bronze ceremonial dagger dating from 1,500 B.C.


26 Jun 2013 11:07 am
mediaevalist: (Whatte the swyve?)
A bit of a headscratcher: Ancient Egyptian statue caught on camera rotating on its own

AN Egyptian relic has mysteriously started MOVING in a museum — prompting fears an ancient angry spirit could be fighting to get out.

The 4,000-year-old statue slowly spins round in a perfect circle, despite being safely locked in a glass case.
mediaevalist: (Whatte the swyve?)
Medieval home with extraordinary history up for sale

A medieval home with an extraordinary history has been put back on the market after being lovingly renovated and could be yours for just £1.3 million.

I'm not crazy about the landscaping, though.
mediaevalist: (LOL)
Kelburn, Scotland's graffiti castle

Not surprisingly, it's caused quite a stir. And so typically Glasweigan. We never take things seriously.

The Earl of Glasgow, whose family has occupied the castle for the last 800 years, invited four Brazilian graffiti artists to create a work of art on one of the walls in 2007 as a temporary measure. The so-called Graffiti Project involved 1,500 cans of spray paint to decorate the 13th-century castle. It put Kelburn Castle, which lies near the seaside town of Largs on Scotland's west coast, into the top 10 worldwide examples of street art - on the same list as Banksy's work in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro's Favela Morro da Providencia.

It's the kind of thing you typically see when the scaffolding starts going up around historic buildings in Scotland's usual springtime ritual, not to mention the world over when renovation's being done. The difference now is that the art itself has garnered so much attention that the family now wants to keep it up.

Fortunately, it seems like most share my opinion of "Let 'em keep it!"

Neil Baxter, secretary and treasurer of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), says Scots take their historic treasures seriously, but believes the right balance must be struck when dealing with old buildings such as Kelburn Castle.

"The graffiti's a bit of thumbing of the nose at the conservationists who are terribly precious about our environment, and that's always good fun but you don't want to cause the building permanent damage," he said. If the building is fine and stable, there is no harm to it, then fine - paint it bright pink."

Buildings shouldn't be considered museum pieces, he added, but should continue to contribute to society: "Buildings are useless if they are not alive."

I love that quote. I really do. In fact, I am shamelessly ripping it off.
mediaevalist: (WTS)
Five months (having forgotten this thing even existed), and I'm afraid all I have for you is this.

Pub evacuated, Holy Grenade of Antioch responsible

Buildings were evacuated, a street was cordoned off and a bomb disposal team called in after workmen spotted a suspicious object.

But the dangerous-looking weapon turned out to be the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, made famous in the 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail.

Well you never know. There could have been a Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog around the premises.
mediaevalist: (LOL)
Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb
Archaeologists in China are baffled after finding a tiny Swiss watch in a 400-year-old tomb.

The watch ring was discovered as archeologists were making a documentary with two journalists from Shangsi town.

And there are the kinds of jokes you'd expect in the comments at Drudge and Daily Mail.
Consider if you will a 400 year old Chinese tomb, apparently untouched.....

Antique Roadshow!!!

This could have been so much less confusing if those damned aliens had been wearing a SWATCH watch instead of a SWISS watch.....

It took a lickin and kept on tickin

"The watch stopped at 10:06am" So how does an analog watch indicate am?
I'd bet more like 10:06 PM. Seriously, who robs graves in the middle of the morning?

Humm.. Looks like one of the Doctor's companions slipped up. Again.

Hiro left it there while he's saving the world.
But, of course, as one of those 'anime freaks', I'm going to have to say Yuuko was involved in this, I'm sure.

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