fuckyeahvikingsandcelts:

This one is last’s week ‘find of the week’ piece. I’ll quote the caption that accompanied the pictures on the Gotland Archaeological School’s Facebook page:

Find of the week!

The first week of the excavation has been very exciting. We have a lot of possible features that will be investigated in the week that follows but also a lot of finds. Among the finds we have beads, rivets, knifes, wetstones and raw material such as amber, garnets and glass. We took the democratic decision in the field to have a vote on what this week’s “find of the week” would be and the winner was a small silver ornament attached to a piece of bronze. The ornament was originally a piece of a fish head shaped pendant, type 2a (Thunmark-Nylén, 1998:163).The fish head shaped pendant is a unique type of Gotlandic jewelry. The type has its precursors in the Vendel period and exists later in its developed form in the Viking period. Its purpose was to decorate the collar of the female garb. The pendant is unusual outside of Gotland but has been found in small amounts in Birka, Sigtuna, Denmark and Latvia (Thunmark-Nylén, 2006:198ff). During the Vendel period and the early Viking Age the pendants were used together to form a necklace, during the late Viking Age the pendants were put together in couples and used as a brooch. The find was discovered by team 1 and is dated to the late Viking Age, roughly the 11th century. What will next week’s find be? Or will it possibly be “feature of the week” instead?

References

Thunmark-Nylén, L. 1998. Die Wikingerzeit Gotlands II. (The Viking Age of Gotland, II.) Kungl. Vitterhetens Historie och Antikvitets Akademin, Stockholm, 18 pp + 316 Pl. ISBN 91-7402-287-3. 

Thunmark-Nylén, L. 2006. Die Wikingerzeit Gotlands III:1-2. Text. (The Viking Age of Gotland, III:1-2. Text.) Kungl. Vitterhetens Historie och Antikvitets Akademin, Stockholm, 730 pp., ISBN 91-7402-354-3, 91-7402-355-1.

albertoguerra:

Cormorant palace, sketch in situ; Acanceh, Yucatan

albertoguerra:

Cormorant palace, sketch in situ; Acanceh, Yucatan

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Yesterday was the Summer Solstice so here’s a quick update to celebrate (though I’m still in Germany on an excavation)

Stonehenge on summer solstice, with the sun rising behind the slaughter stone in the middle distance, seen from the four standing rocks in the foreground. 
Etching
Bertram Buchanan

Yesterday was the Summer Solstice so here’s a quick update to celebrate (though I’m still in Germany on an excavation)

Stonehenge on summer solstice, with the sun rising behind the slaughter stone in the middle distance, seen from the four standing rocks in the foreground.

Etching

Bertram Buchanan

mediumaevum:

Decoding Anglo-Saxon art

Rosie Weetch, curator and Craig Williams, illustrator, British Museum

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Excuse the radio silence, two of us are away on fieldwork in Germany


Decoding the square-headed brooch. Rosie Weetch, curator and Craig Williams, illustrator, British Museum


One of the most exquisite examples of Style I animal art is a silver-gilt square-headed brooch from a female grave on the Isle of Wight. Its surface is covered with at least 24 different beasts: a mix of birds’ heads, human masks, animals and hybrids. Some of them are quite clear, like the faces in the circular lobes projecting from the bottom of the brooch. Others are harder to spot, such as the faces in profile that only emerge when the brooch is turned upside-down. Some of the images can be read in multiple ways, and this ambiguity is central to Style I art.

Decoding the square-headed brooch. Rosie Weetch, curator and Craig Williams, illustrator, British Museum

One of the most exquisite examples of Style I animal art is a silver-gilt square-headed brooch from a female grave on the Isle of Wight. Its surface is covered with at least 24 different beasts: a mix of birds’ heads, human masks, animals and hybrids. Some of them are quite clear, like the faces in the circular lobes projecting from the bottom of the brooch. Others are harder to spot, such as the faces in profile that only emerge when the brooch is turned upside-down. Some of the images can be read in multiple ways, and this ambiguity is central to Style I art.

amodernhuman:

Australopithecus africanusParanthropus robustusHomo habilisHomo sapiens sapiens

amodernhuman:

Australopithecus africanus

Paranthropus robustus

Homo habilis

Homo sapiens sapiens

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houghtonlib:

Stukeley, William, 1687-1765. Abury, a temple of the British druids, and some others described, 1743.
Arc 855.214*
Houghton Library, Harvard University

houghtonlib:

Stukeley, William, 1687-1765. Abury, a temple of the British druids, and some others described, 1743.

Arc 855.214*

Houghton Library, Harvard University

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lamus-dworski:

Tereny dawnej Polski - ornamentyka - “Illustrowane dzieje literatury polskiej” T. 1 Henryka Biegeleisena, 1898.

redintoothandclaw:

from Pete Whiteridge, PhD thesis, University of Arizona 1999

redintoothandclaw:

from Pete Whiteridge, PhD thesis, University of Arizona 1999

Arrow Head