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Advent: December 19th

Behind on my days again! Not doing very well this year!

This is the back view of one of the Lewis Chessmen.

These are mediaeval chess pieces exquisitely carved from walrus ivory that were discovered on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland in 1831. 60 more words

Medieval Power at the Queensland Museum

The Queensland Museum has just opened a new exhibition on Medieval Power. It runs until 10 April 2016. As the museum trumpets in its promo, it will be ‘the first museum in the world and the only one in Australia and New Zealand to host this incredible new exhibition curated by the British Museum.’ 799 more words

European History

EuroTrippin': London (Part 3) - British Museum

The British Museum was established in 1753, but it didn’t open to the public until 1759. The museum is older than the United States! It’s open daily from 10 AM to 5:30 PM (8:30 PM on Fridays) and the best part? 810 more words

Adventures

A trip to London

I went to London for a few days. It was fascinating and fun but I did have a panic attack on the tube which was at first frightening and then mortifying – however, all in all it was an interesting few days! 12 more words

British Museum

Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them--Nancy Marie Brown

Nancy Marie Brown is not a historian or an archaeologist, but she holds a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature from Penn and has authored several books on Norse topics… 689 more words

Art in Archaeology: Expressionism or Interpretation? The Lewis Chessmen’s Knights

This week I’d like to discuss a topic within archaeological studies that has always been a conundrum to me, as an artist and an archaeologist. I’ve identified as an artist as long as I can remember, with the title of ‘archaeologist’ only being attached to me in the last 6 years. 570 more words

The Lewis Chessmen

Thought to have been made in Norway in the 12th century, a hoard of medieval gaming pieces was found at Uig on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in 1831. 117 more words

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