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Much in the German news that a long-sought for Roman camp has been found in Gernsheim, in the south of the state of Hessen. It dates to the middle of the first century - AD40-70-ish. The dig continues until 5... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bread & Circuses
I was a fan last year of a new Roman comedy series called Plebs on ITV2. A new series was recommisioned last summer, but I hadn't heard much since. The waiting is over. A new trailer is out and it... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bread & Circuses
Cheers for commenting. It is interesting to see the view from the other side, as it were. My comments were all details - your main point that anything that makes a journalist's life easier leads to better coverage, is absolutely spot on. Sadly it is often missed. A personal bugbear - that you did mention - is press releases without an email/phone number on them. Grrr.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2014 on Archaeology and journalism at Bread & Circuses
I have intended to write on the topic of archaeology and journalism for far too long and inevitably, or perhaps more accurately because there was no immediate deadline, it has never materialised. A post that touches on the subject is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
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I occasionally write what I refer to as Murdoch Retirement Fund posts, aka when my father has a new book out. I would urge all readers to go and buy the first English translation of Walter Flex’s The Wanderer between... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I posted a lot about The Last Legion when it was in production. I had great hopes. The book was entertaining and the cast was pretty good. More to the point it is not often that films about Romulus Augustulus... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
The former Rolling Stone was a friend of Tony Clunn, the amateur archaeologist and former British army who found the site of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest. On his website he remembers him. Read the article here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Light relief for Friday. A nice bit of Arminius lunacy, if that is not too harsh a word, from The Roanoke Times. A retired soldier has had a cast iron, life size statue of Arminius put in his back garden:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
News just in. Tony Clunn, the former British army major and amateur archaeologist, who finally pinpointed where the Battle of Teutoburg Forest took place, has died at the age of 68. There will be a great deal in the (German)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
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Bar Hill is not only the highest fort on the Antonine Wall, it is arguably the most impressive. Built by the Legio II, Legio VI and Legio XX, the walls of the praetorium are clear, as is a well at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
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I haven't posted one of these for a while. Seabegs Wood is not normally at the top of the list of Antonine Wall sites, but it has its own charms. Although there is a fortlet that was excavated in 1977,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Several of the German papers are carrying a dpa report about the new season about to begin at the oldest Roman camp in Germany. Excavations kick off on 28 July. The camp was built in the aftermath of Caesar's Gallic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
An article in The Voice of Russia reports that a follis of Constantine has been found in the northern Russian city of Veliky Novgorod. Well-preserved, it appears to have been a memento from a pilgrimage to Constantinople. Oleg Oleinikov of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
It will definitely be interesting to see what happens.
A good deal in the press, both German and English, about the discovery of one of the earliest Roman military camps in the Carnuntum on the Danube east of Vienna. The archaeologists at the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute for Virtual Archaeology believe... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
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The first gold coin ever found has been uncovered at Vindolanda. Although it was found in the late fourth century level, it is an aureus of the Emperor Nero. From the press release: The Roman site of Vindolanda, with an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
A useful online tool, from Marjorie Burghart, for those working on manuscripts. Her programme Enigma makes life considerably easier: Enigma helps scholars to decipher Latin words which are difficult to read in medieval manuscripts. It is sometimes impossible to decipher... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
An interesting article in Thelocal.de frames support for Germany in the World Cup in terms of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest - the idea that Germany might win football because it has a history of seeing off the toughest of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I was having a chat with the perennially delightful Sarah Bond earlier in the week about how late antiquity has gone mainstream. Proof positive is the way that the Financial Times covered Tesco earnings last week. The supermarket's figures were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Riding for the Disabled is a very good thing indeed. The British charity has been helping more than 30,000 people every year for the past 40 years. Convicted fraudster Bill Roddie, on the other hand, does not comes across as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I tend to forget how long it takes between filming and when a show actually appears. I had a great deal of fun last August shooting the Roman segment of a documentary with Pioneer Productions called Secrets of Underground London... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
To my mind there is no rhymn nor reason about which archaeological discoveries in Germany get picked up by the British press. The Battle on the Harzhorn has had pretty much no coverage in English at all, even though the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Pleased to see that the discovery of a significantly sized Roman camp in the central German state of Thuringia is getting some English coverage. A good overview by Andrew Curry: Archaeologists have confirmed the presence of a long-lost Roman military... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest is the way that Arminius was co-opted as the poster boy for German nationalism. The Landesmuseum in Detmold had an exhibition last year called "Arminius, Thusnelda und... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
A great deal in the German press about the discovery of a signficantly sized Roman camp in the central German state of Thuringia. The 18 hectare camp was found near Kyffhäuser. Frustratingly it is yet to be dated - first... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Bread & Circuses