Monthly Archive: December Robe
A look at a cast bronze sword hilt, acquired before 1910 in Cairo by Charles Currelly and presently in the Eaton Gallery of Rome.
Weapons are one of the most politically-incorrect subjects there are, associated with brutality and violence. But they are also important, and have often defined the cultures that made them....
Ancient Rome & Greece Weekend is over, and I thought I would show you the results of my attempt to create a recreation, re-enactment, or impression of a soldier from Dura-Europos (so this is not really one of the original IV, so to speak, hence it is V of IV). In the group above you can see me on the left, with members of the University of Toronto's Hart House Archery Club, who collectively constitute the ROM's 3rd century Roman army (or ROMan army - it being the ROM, we are posing in front of a dinosaur).
An important part of everyday life in the past, but one with very little impact on the archaeological record, is clothing...
As an archaeologist the main goal in my work is to understand the people of the past...
Humans would have been aware of the other creatures that shared their world from earliest times. At first they would have had an eye towards possible predators or competitors, then possible prey as they became hunters. As the cognitive ability of Early Humans developed, they would observe the nature of the animals which co-habited this Earth with them.
This week I am in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard Art Museums here are rebuilding, and planning new galleries, and have also acquired a new collection of pottery from the Middle East. So they have flown me down here for the week on an all-expenses-paid visit, to look at their Islamic pottery (AD 700-1700) and tell them if it is good (not fake), where it is from, and when it was made.
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