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Category Archives: Archaeology

Thursday Treasures: The Great Torc

What kid doesn’t dream of finding buried treasure? In 1948, in an obscure area of England called Snettisham, that dream came true for a plowman who literally happened upon a treasure hoard. Over the next several decades (through the early 1990’s) hundreds of gold and silver artifacts were unearthed from that same farmland. Coins, bracelets, and other […]

Topical Tuesday: Archaeology and Geology News

There is so much rock news going on in the world, it’s hard to keep up with it all. So from now on, on Tuesdays, I’m going to try to aggregate some of the rock-based stories that may or may not be making headlines, but are all worth taking at least a brief look at.

Context, Calcite and Vikings

The vikings are in the news again, and not just for their new show on the History Channel. I’ve talked about calcite’s amazing optical properties before, but completely failed to mention* the theory that calcite is potentially the same as a tool called the sunstone, rumored to be used by viking navigators to navigate the […]

Rome, Scotland, and Stake-Lined Pits

I was going through some old pictures the other day, and came across this image, and I was so excited that I just had to share! These may look like holes in the ground…and they are. But once, long ago they were one of the many lines of defense that the Romans used to secure […]

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 […]