Saturday, May 31, 2014

Manuscripts: The Archaeolozoology of Animal Skin

Over on the Schoenberg Institute YouTube channel, there is a video titled "Manuscripts: The Archaeolozoology of Animal Skin."
From the summary - More than a decade ago researchers revealed that the genetic code of the animal was not destroyed when its skin was used for parchment production. However the last year has been a tipping point for parchment research as a consequence of the ability to use the waste from conventional conservation treatment for protein and DNA sequencing. We will overview results coming out from the EU funded CodeX and Palimpsest projects and consider a change in the landscape of codicology, both in terms of the balance of the relationships between science and the humanities, but also in the scale and scope of questions that can now be addressed.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Castles and Abbeys: Medieval Ireland in Photos

The Irish Archaeology website has a pictorial article from last summer titled "Castles and Abbeys: Medieval Ireland in Photos."  See more here!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mount Sandel, a Mesolithic Campsite

Almost a year ago, on the website, they ran an article titled "Mount Sandel, a Mesolithic Campsite."  See more here!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Found in a fossil hotbed within the Chubut region of Argentina, the remains of what some are touting as a Titanosaur might be the largest land creature ever discovered. Read more here!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Hell Hound Skel Found

Over on, there has been a recent article suggesting that a 16th-Century legend may have been true.  This particular legend is regarding a "Hell Hound" named Black Shuck near Leiston Abbey in Suffolk. Read more here!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Funnies - Some Manly Skills

Over on the We Love Fun website, they have gathered a collection of Manly Skills for our edification.  See more here!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

13,000-Year-Old Skeleton to be Displayed

Found in a 100-foot-tall underwater chamber in Mexico, the remains of a teenage girl from 13,000 years ago are going to be extracted for study and display.  Read more here!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Belvelly Castle for Sale

Whether you are in the market for a castle or not, it is often fun to check out these old structures when they come up for sale.  Located strategically at the north end of Great Island in Cork, Ireland, Belvelly Castle is of 12th-Century Anglo-Norman design.  Though there is now a nearby bridge, Belvelly Castle once overlooked the ford which allowed access from the mainland.  See more here!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Pictish Tattoo: Origins of a Myth

Over on the website, they are featuring a paper titled "The Pictish Tattoo: Origins of a Myth" by Richard Dibon-Smith.  Read more here!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bizarre Yareta Plants

Over on, there is a wonderful pictorial on the Yareta plants in the Andes mountains.  See more here!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Matter from Light

If transporters, as used in the Star Trek universe, are to be made possible, then science will have to make matter and light interchangeable.  We might be a step closer, according to a recent article on titled "Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest." Read more here!

Monday, May 19, 2014

In Search of a Doomed Portuguese Galleon

Over on The Clare Champion website, there is a new article called "In Search of a Doomed Portuguese Galleon."  See more here!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday Funnies - Modern Grotesques

Over on, they recently ran a pictorial article featuring "Grotesques and Gargoyles: A Modern Twist." See more here!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ancient Bamboo Medical Books Unearthed

Over on, there is a recent article titled "Ancient bamboo medical books unearthed." See more here!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cleaning the Caryatids

Over on, there is an interesting article on the cleaning operation of the Caryatids now that they are stored indoors.  Do they long for their former days of glory holding up the Erechtheion Temple on the Acropolis? Is there a modern day adventure to be had from this circumstance? Go on . . . and read more here then see more photos here!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

An Animal's World

Over on the website, there is a neat pictorial titled "This World is not just for the Humans alone. The animals, they Own it too!" See more here!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Weeds and Wisdom in the Middle Ages

The Telegraph recently ran an article in their Gardening section titled "Weeds and wisdom in the Middle Ages." See more here!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Case of the Mystery Marginalia

According to Science Daily, and other sources, "A rare 16th-century edition of Homer’s Odyssey at the University of Chicago Library includes handwritten annotations in an unknown script—thought to date back to the mid-19th century." Read more here!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Funnies - The Stalking Shield

Not meant as a humorous product, and I have little doubt it might actually work, but the Stalking Shield just strikes me as a funny modern interpretation of an old hunting trick.  See more here!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Geoffrey and Snorri on Paganism

Over on the website, they recently featured a dissertation that "is a comparative analysis of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s and Snorri Sturlusson’s descriptions of paganism and uses of pre-Christian history." Read more here!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Cthulhu Haiku II

Lester Smith's Popcorn Press has released the collection Cthulhu Haiku II.  Lots of inspiration for your Cthulhu-based horror games, or any horror really.  In is available at Amazon and in one reviewer's opinion -
The subtitle is "and more Mythos madness." There are a lot of haiku here, but other poem formats and even short stories are plentiful. Images and entities from the Cthulhu Mythos, based on the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, are featured throughout the book, at least obliquely. I like this varied and massive collection of work by scores of talented folk. This (Mythos) isn't all they write, but the early 20th century fantaisists like HPL and William Hope Hodgson fired their imaginations, and the fascination never really let go. If you like the nuggets of joy that short pieces can provide, and you like the stories and poems (nearly a century old now) epitomized by Blackwood, Machen, Derleth, and HPL, you'll probably really like this book. These works are not terrifying, but they are not for small children. The cover is suitably eerie.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fantasy Dragon Sizes

Over on The Daily Dot, they recently ran an article on the sizes of various fantasy dragon.  See more here!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Boys’ and Girls' Names from Medieval London

Recently on the website, they had a couple of articles on Names from Medieval London, See Boys' names here and Girls' names here!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tutankhamun's Tomb Replica

There is a fascination story over on The Independent website titled "Egypt unveils exact replica of Tutankhamun's tomb made with a 3D printer." Read more here!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cueva de las Manos - The Cave of Hands

In the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, south of the town of Perito Moreno. lies a cave; The Cave of Hands. Read more here!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ireland’s Oldest Cannon

Over on the Irish Archaeology website, they had a recent article on "Ireland's Oldest Cannon.  See more here!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Last Days of Doggerland

A recent BBC News article discusses some new(er) ideas about the former land space between England and mainland Europe.  (Aside: I should write a tale with the above title.)  Read more here!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Egypt Archaeologists May Have Found Alexander the Great’s Tomb

Over on the Greek Reporter blog, a recent headline stated that "Egypt Archaeologists May Have Found Alexander the Great’s Tomb." Read more here!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Draw in the Air

A recent article on highlighted "LIX: The World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw in the Air." This certainly needs to be a magic item in my own campaign world. Read more here!