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An interesting article in the Osnabrücker Zeitung looking at the basement of the museum in Kalkriese with Susanne Wilbers-Rost. While the highlights of the museum are well-known, it is a useful insight into the bits and pieces that have been... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Bread & Circuses
Much like a drum solo, the prog rock theme continues for a second day... I hadn't come across German ELP knock-off band Triumvirat or its version of the life of everyone's favourite rebel slave on the 1975 album Spartacus. MB... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bread & Circuses
A curiosity that I had long heard about, but never actually got my hands on is Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of Spartacus, a 1992 follow up to his immensely successful The War of the Worlds. It is pretty hard to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bread & Circuses
A rather depressing piece in Die Welt this week, that suggests that Germans are no longer learning about Arminius and the Battle of Teutoburg Forest at school: Bis in die NS-Zeit war dieser Gründungsmythos des deutschen Volkes weit verbreitet. Mit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
In various papers this morning, details of a late Roman and Pictish silver hoard found in Aberdeenshire. From the press release on Past Horizons: Archaeologists from National Museums Scotland and the University of Aberdeen’s Northern Picts project have unearthed a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
It is worth flagging up this article mentioned by the always-brilliant Blogging Pompeii about the wooden boat found on the shore of Herculaneum. It must be one of the most ill-fated ships ever. It appears not to have been seaworthy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Fascinating research from Javier Fernández Lozano, geologist at the University of Salamanca and co-author of a study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, about the largest opencast goldmine of the Roman Empire in the Eria Valley, in León (Spain).... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Apologies that posts have been thin on the ground recently, but those who follow me on Twitter will have seen a number of posts recently from Herculaneum, the city destroyed by Vesuvius in AD79. I was fortunate enough to be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
An interesting article in today's Asahi Shimbun about a stunning glass bowl from Rome and a blue plate from Sassanid Persia found in a fifth century tomb in Nara, Japan: A glass dish unearthed from a burial mound here is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I have spent the last week on a Cicero marathon - reading many of the works I have always intended to but never quite got round to. A genuine pleasure, but a distinct highlight was reading Plutarch's Life of Cicero,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
It doesn't really need repeating, but Neil MacGregor's Radio 4 show Germany: Memories of a Nation is superlative on many levels. It is both pleasurable and essential listening. Although the focus of the series is the past six hundred years,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Just a brief thought on finance secretary John Swinney's 2014-15 budget which was unveiled yesterday. A good summary is in the Scotsman this morning. I thought it worthwhile to have a look at the SNP's intentions towards heritage in general... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
In January AD362, soon after the Emperor Julian had entered Constantinople as the formal successor to Constantius II, he started to trim back the excesses of court. What prompted this was a haircut. Soon after his arrival in the city,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
A lovely profile in the Guardian this morning of Plebs, the very, very funny sitcom set in Ancient Rome, which for viewers in the UK, starts again on Monday: As with those shows, you might even accidentally learn something about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
A story at the BBC that a number of artefacts, including an iron javelin head, the remains of a Roman boot, samian pottery and tile fragments, have been found at Wellington Bridge near Kirkton in southern Scotland. The pieces were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Finally this story has made it to the English press. A long piece in Science Daily about the discovery: In the course of an educational dig in Gernsheim in the Hessian Ried, archaeologists have discovered a long lost Roman fort:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I posted last week that a long-sought for Roman camp has been found in Gernsheim, in the south of the state of Hessen. The dpa story was tantalising, but inevitably brief. The Echo has a much longer piece with many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
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 Aug 27, 2014 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 Aug 25, 2014 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
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