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Seminar CLXIV: how a seventh-century ship was built, and then abandoned

You may remember, a long time ago, before this blog even, when the powers-that-be in the modern city of Istanbul decided it was time to expand the metro system of the city, started digging and almost immediately found themselves trying to put a tunnel through what was evidently… 1,028 more words


Seeking the Seasick Admiral

Aren’t┬áthere enough books on Nelson without yet another appearing, you may be thinking? What can anyone say that is new about him? Is it possible to have an unusual take on the subject? 671 more words

Social History

A fleet in black and white

I’ve been using┬áthe ‘crop’ tool, trying to give the impression of a large fleet moving slowly across a frame where the only fixed point is a snatch of land in the bottom left hand corner of some of the images. 40 more words

The Sea

Pepys Show and Tell

These days, I approach major exhibitions dealing with subjects I know something about with a considerable degree of trepidation. Maybe there’ll be massive omissions, or catastrophic errors of emphasis, that wreck the whole thing. 994 more words

Mermaid Search

This is from The Observer of August 1812:

“Mr J. Toupin, while on a sailing expedition last week, with a party of ladies and gentlemen, about a mile from Exmouth Bay, discovered n the water an animal resembling the description given of he Mermaid. 60 more words

19th Century History

Objects & Archaeology: Where Does the Story Take You?

I feel pretty lucky to still be connected to some of my undergraduate professors. Not only have they become my friends, they let me know when something interesting is happening at Salem State. 816 more words


Cutty Sark

It’s been two weeks almost since my holiday and I feel like I’ve still not caught up with myself! Life has suddenly gotten very busy very quickly and Christmas is only going to intensify things. 634 more words