Posts Tagged ‘archaeology’

Back to the Neolithic: Building a British Long Barrow

Some “experiential archaeology” — yes, it will hold the cremated remains of modern people. “It’s strange really. We haven’t built a long barrow for 5,000 years, but then about six weeks ago we had another enquiry for one. “They want a burial chamber built in central London to hold some art. “They’re like London buses. […]

The Scary Countryside 2: Children of the Stones

The original “Scary Countryside” post. As mentioned above, “the scary countryside” is a staple meme of television and movies on both side of the pond, but in the UK there is the additional refinement of “the scary countryside where people practice strange and ancient rites.” That does not work as well in North America unless […]

Excavating Witches

It was the obligatory Halloween content over at Bones Don’t Lie, but I had too much else on my plate to link to it then. The question is, how can you tell if a buried ancient skeleton was that of a witch (in the anthropological sense)? Does the mouth full of iron nails mean something? […]

Doggerland, a Professor of Esotericism, and the Passing of a Priestess of Isis

¶ That  Doggerland existed is not news (do you expect breaking archeology news in the Daily Mail?) but here are some cool images of this lost land. I am still waiting for someone to create an authentic Pagan tradition based there. ¶ Ethan Doyle White interviews a Norwegian scholar of Paganism and esotericism, Egil Asprem. […]

Pentagram Pizza: Where You Find an Eagle Eating a Snake . . .

¶ After reading this article, I think I will write something for Fate magazine about how Tenochtitlan was really a Mexica overlay on a forgotten Roman colony. Should be good for a few chuckles. ¶ After a long hiatus (in comic book years), Asterix the Gaul returns. ¶ An old acquaintance, Loretta Orion, pops-up in […]

Pentagram Pizza: Not a Lie

¶ An insightful interview with Pagan musician Sharon Knight. ¶ Why TED talks are lying to you. ¶ This is what a dolmen should look like — “This enormous structure is the Soto dolmen in Trigueros, Spain, which has been returned to its prehistoric glory after a nine-year restoration. The mound is 60 metres across […]

So You Want to Worship the Old Gods . . .

There are people who think that in order to do so, you have to learn “their” language, as spoken centuries ago, because the gods don’t keep up or something, let alone communicate in non-verbal ways. All right, then. You want to deal with Werunos (Sanskrit, Varuna), keeper of cosmic order? Talk this way. It’s all […]

A Medical Origin for Norse Monsters?

This is what happens when a parasitologist/archaeologist muses on the origin of mythology. It gets interesting at about the 6:30-minute point. And this is a very famous turd in English archaeology.

On the Keeping of Pet Hermits and Druids

Some of the eighteenth-century hermits employed by rich landowners were in fact characterized as “Druids.” Campbell clearly had fun with his quest for real hermits. At Hawkstone in Shropshire, a bare-footed and venerable Fr Francis regularly posed with his stock-in-trade: a skull, an hourglass and book. Although replaced at times by an automaton, Hawkstone’s hermit […]

BBC: Our Ancestors Were Stupid

Here is the Beeb with a story about an ancient monument in Scotland: “Excavations of a field at Crathes Castle found a series of 12 pits which appear to mimic the phases of the moon and track lunar months.” Then they trot out that stale old idea that ancient people needed to build giant monuments […]