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An Argument about Shovels!

On the 20th of September, 2014, Rathdown Ploughing Society were having their annual ploughing match here in Newcastle Middle, Co. Wicklow. The first thing I did was to learn about farming implements. 216 more words


Mythological Themes of Sexual Union and Megalithic Monuments

Stories such as Diarmait and Gráinne, the Wooing of Etain and Dierdre and the sons of Uisneach are all heavily connected with themes of sexual union and adultery, and have many references to megalithic tombs within the narrative. 180 more words


Publication date for 'The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England'

Just a quick blog to announce that we now have a publication date for my forthcoming book The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England, which will be coming out in April 2015.   297 more words


Reading in August

Just a little update on my reading in August. I’ve been jumping around a bit reading on the history of malaria and wetlands.  Lots of interesting bits and pieces! 354 more words

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Field notes 2: The Viking ship museum, Oslo

On Sunday I had a free day in Oslo.  I had arrived at the decision some time ago, thoroughly cemented after visiting the Vikings: Life and Legend… 445 more words


Field notes 1: Stavanger, Norway

On Friday I finished a week’s work at the Arkeologisk museum i Stavanger, recording about a hundred or so Migration Period brooches as part of the fieldwork element of… 798 more words


Fire of the North’ 2014 Cuthbert – Northumbria's First Nature Warden

We have been sent some information about an events programme that may well interest the readers of our blog.. Details below:

A unique venture bringing together three iconic National Nature Reserves and three major national organisations – Lindisfarne NNR (Natural England), Farne Islands NNR (National Trust), and St Abb’s Head NNR (National Trust for Scotland) – around the figure of Cuthbert, the ‘Fire of the North’, and evoking a time when the ancient kingdom of Northumbria straddled what is now England and Scotland. 513 more words