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Native Pittsburgh

  There is currently much buzz about the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh becoming the next major focus of urban revitalization.  Hazelwood is the site of the John Woods house, which is currently being sold for an unspecified amount by the Urban Redevelopment League in hopes of being transformed into a historic building where visitors can learn about John Woods, the man who drafted the streets of Pittsburgh and was a big player in the famed Whiskey Rebellion, as well as Stephen Foster, who wrote several songs at the house about some lovely ladies he fancied.  407 more words


Buried in time - the Titchfield baselard

A Deadly Weapon

A baselard is a type of long-bladed dagger with an H-shaped hilt, popular as a civilian weapon in the 14th and 15th centuries and even carried by priests. 509 more words


The Heritage of the Wharfe Valley

A new heritage course for Ilkley

Starting on the 22nd of September I will be teaching a 7 week heritage course at the Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Headquarters (Wheatley Lane, Ben Rhydding). 92 more words


Amarna and Aten Lecture Report

Because I’m a serial procrastinator it has taken me this long to get around to typing up my notes. Finally, however, I’m trying to break the pattern. 1,303 more words

Gods & Goddesses

The Medieval Monastery of Geghard

A little further along the Azat River in the Kotayk province of Armenia is the medieval monastery of Geghard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 461 more words


Slow start in Erbil

I’m finally back in the game after a long boring summer of weary write-up and digitisation work. I’ve taken on about five hundred hours of plan digitisation for a British Museum project, which involves me drawing over lines on a graphics tablet with my mouth hanging open, listening to the less mind-numbing bits of Radio 4 or watching Come Dine With Me. 423 more words


10 History Blogs to Follow

Reposted from the Ancient History Encyclopedia

Cuneiform Writing. Photographer Jan van der Crabben

I’ve been spending most of my free time teaching 9th grade World History, but I’m thrilled too see Jaunting Jen included in the Ancient History Encyclopedia’s list of 10 history blogs to follow. 525 more words