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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Yo ho ho and a bottle of centuries-old rum

Since Talk Like a Pirate Day fell on a Monday this week, it got supplanted by Mineral Monday, but pirates can’t be ignored for long… Alcohol and archaeology totally go together, and not just because archaeologists enjoy drinking.* Last month, a team of underwater archaeologists from Texas State University¬†found¬†what they believe to be the wreck […]

Mineral Monday: Cinnabar

Fall is here, and that means Mineral Mondays are back! This Monday features the exquisitely named Cinnabar. Cinnabar is a blood-red mineral, and one of the primary ores of mercury. It has been excavated by humans around the world for millennia, used not only as a source of mercury, but also as a brilliant pigment. […]