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My posts are mainly centred on and around archaeology, but I also occasionally post photographs, wildlife/conservation related things, and other stuff I find interesting and/or important. A bit of variety's good for you!

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It is a BEAUTIFUL sunny day (worthy of venturing outside in a dress) and I’ve been offered the internship :) Happy days, guys! I can’t wait to post all about it and the museum I’m going to be working at :P

Have an awesome Saturday! 

— 16 hours ago with 4 notes
#happy happy  #:) 
10 Facts About Me →

primestigma tagged me in this a wee while ago, so I suppose I should try do one (who am I kidding I love these things). 

1. I was stung by a Parabuthus scorpion (I think Parabuthus capensis) when I was 4 - I put a welly boot on without checking for bugs. Parabuthus venom is agonising. My parents’ ears were ringing for days.

2. When I was about 8, and walking out in the bush with my parents and friends to look at cave paintings, the person in front of me hit a nest of paper wasps, and while he only got stung once, I had stings on top of stings. More ear-ringing.

3. I’m a crack-shot. Annie Oakley’s got nothing on me. (Ok, she’s maybe got a little on me… but not much)

4. I was peed on by a baboon once. Jerk.  

5. In high school we had this horrendous PE teacher who would always split the girls and boys up and have them play games separately, and would spend far less time with us because, you know, we were girls and couldn’t play properly. One day, towards the end of the gym hour that we’d spent playing cricket and just as I was up to bat, he came over to tell all us girls how badly we were playing. As he turned around saying ‘at least try put some effort into it’, I smacked the tennis ball into the back of his head hard. And I’ve been smashing the patriarchy ever since :P

6. I love bacon and marmalade. No, seriously, try it!

7. The 6 hour BBC Pride and Prejudice adaptation gets watched at least twice a year. Colin Firth, unf.

8. My middle name should be Elizabeth, and I always thought it was until about a month ago when my best friend ever so helpfully pointed out that it was not, in fact, on my birth certificate. The person writing my birth certificate forgot to write it in. And so my whole life is a lie.

9. I have an odd streak of white growing in that’s making me a little nervous. Nor that I don’t think Rogue is awesome, but I think it’s probably not a healthy sign…

10. The first time I fell off a horse was because I fell asleep and toppled out of the saddle.  

I’m not sure how many people I’m meant to tag, so I’ll just do 3, my favourite number :P his-name-was-writ-in-water, chlorr-no-face and potatocrocodile!

— 1 day ago with 8 notes
#personal  #trivia  #scorpions  #bugs  #childhood  #what beautiful memories  #well  #except 1 2 and 4  #could have lived pretty happily without those  #and even 10 was pretty brutal  #even the horse was laughing at me 

peedieblogger:

Lovely exposed midden at Dingieshowe. It’s all exposed because of the coastal erosion at the site. 

— 1 day ago with 24 notes
#archaeology  #midden  #erosion  #coast  #Dingieshowe  #Orkney  #we love middens! 
lostbeasts:

tiny baby H. antecessor is getting there :/ this is going to be the first page of my section on H. antecessor themselves

lostbeasts:

tiny baby H. antecessor is getting there :/ this is going to be the first page of my section on H. antecessor themselves

— 2 days ago with 43 notes
#lostbeasts  #homo antecessor  #archaeology  #illustration  #this is so awesome  #wooo! 
celtic-studies:

The fragment appears to be the top left-hand corner of a rectangular slab carved in relief. Carved decoration survives on only one side. Within a border moulding around the edge of the stone are depicted in relief two men facing one another and grasping each other by the wrists, possibly fighting over a book or rectangular object held in the hand of the right-hand figure. Their legs become an interlace pattern which binds them together and continues down the left-hand side of the slab as far as the lower break. To the right of this design are to be seen the hind parts and tails of two animals, the upper possibly a hound, the lower possibly a wolf or other wild beast with a spiral tail. Very little of these animals survives.
 The surfaces of these relief carvings have been damaged in places but this is not recent. The stone measures 345mm in width, 352mm in height and 100mm in maximum depth.

celtic-studies:

The fragment appears to be the top left-hand corner of a rectangular slab carved in relief. Carved decoration survives on only one side. Within a border moulding around the edge of the stone are depicted in relief two men facing one another and grasping each other by the wrists, possibly fighting over a book or rectangular object held in the hand of the right-hand figure. Their legs become an interlace pattern which binds them together and continues down the left-hand side of the slab as far as the lower break. To the right of this design are to be seen the hind parts and tails of two animals, the upper possibly a hound, the lower possibly a wolf or other wild beast with a spiral tail. Very little of these animals survives.


The surfaces of these relief carvings have been damaged in places but this is not recent. The stone measures 345mm in width, 352mm in height and 100mm in maximum depth.

(Source: canmore.rcahms.gov.uk)

— 2 days ago with 15 notes
#pictish stone  #scottish history  #picts  #history  #pictish 

oosik:

Obsidian

In the Anthropology department at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, we have buckets upon buckets of obsidian. These have been sitting around in our lab since Craig Ratzat came up to Alaska in 2007 to teach flintknapping with literally a ton of material in the back of his truck. Today, when visiting colleagues tour the university, I make sure they leave with a sample. We have so much we don’t know what to do with it.

— 2 days ago with 114 notes
#look at all that debitage!  #obsidian  #flintknapping  #archaeology  #experimental archaeology  #lithics  #beyond jealous  #Alaska  #fun  #if you have so much you don't know what to do with my birthday's in July and I would be beyond overjoyed with a massive chunk of obsidian :P 

detectivejane:

knightoflime:

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who reads ancient scrolls written in a forbidden tongue and summons nightmarish beings from beyond the mortal plane.

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(via aurhia)

— 2 days ago with 109730 notes
#archaeology  #date an archaeologist  #we're hands on and dirty  #and head down ass up  #that's the way we like to DIG  #aaaah morning archaeology humour 
earlyscotland:

Pictish symbols and Celtic interlace patterns on a sculptured stone at St Vigeans near Arbroath, Scotland. Probably carved in the 8th century AD. The other side of the stone has the lower part of a cross, decorated with interlace. Illustration from The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland (1903).

earlyscotland:

Pictish symbols and Celtic interlace patterns on a sculptured stone at St Vigeans near Arbroath, Scotland. Probably carved in the 8th century AD. The other side of the stone has the lower part of a cross, decorated with interlace. Illustration from The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland (1903).

— 3 days ago with 171 notes
#sculpture  #pictish  #celtic  #archaeology  #rock art  #symbols  #scotland 
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