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Why everything is wrong with the new interpretation of the Blue Room in Palermo

The Blue Room in Palermo has always been fascinating to me. This is why I try to be as updated as possible on everything that happens around the room, and its interpretation. 2,118 more words

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Some Nubiological pointers from a trip to the USA

Last week a very interesting academic meeting on Christian Africa took place at Harvard University, co-sponsored by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research… 1,550 more words


Inscriptions of John Mansell

Description: Inscriptions of John Mansell: “Liber Joannis Mansell 1713”, “John Mansell”, with another illegible 17th century inscription: “… daye … Charles[?]”.

Heading: Mansell, John, active 18th century… 17 more words

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Tracing motives for votive offerings in Greek and Roman votive inscriptions

Laura Aho is a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki (Finland), where she is working on a dissertation on Greek and Roman votive inscriptions. In this post she shares some aspects of her research to-date, as well as discussing some of the challenges that she has been facing. 1,577 more words


Monumental Evidence

Churches are great when looking for information on your ancestors.  There are so many different registers to search from – baptisms, marriages, burials, confirmations and numerous volumes of minutes, correspondence and accounts.   135 more words


The Minaret of Khusrawgird

So this is the Golden Road. Eight centuries ago, the minaret of Khosrugird watched the traffic as it watches us.

“What strikes the researcher, is the very scant information that one can find about the minaret.” This is what I wrote on a post-it while searching the web and the books for more information on the minaret Robert Byron saw on the… 604 more words

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