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by Simon21
Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Roman Baths Uncovered in Spain
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

Re: Roman Baths Uncovered in Spain

Particularly in the UK where nearly any secluded urban space serves as an informal lavatory and garbage tip.
by Simon21
Mon May 24, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: Roman Baths Uncovered in Spain
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

Re: Roman Baths Uncovered in Spain

Always alarming to learn there was no easy way to change the bathwater and apparently nothing to prevent those with open sores using the pools
by Simon21
Thu May 13, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: Pompeii Continues To Reveal Its Treasures
Replies: 8
Views: 1630

Re: Pompeii Continues To Reveal Its Treasures

There was a documentary on this. It focused in part on how some people's heads had exploded due to the vaporisation of their brains. There was even a graphic for those who didn't know what an exploding human cranium might look like. This was followed by a BM exhibition which included a family group ...
by Simon21
Thu May 13, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: Pompeii Continues To Reveal Its Treasures
Replies: 8
Views: 1630

Re: Pompeii Continues To Reveal Its Treasures

Is it not true that most of the skeletons on the Herculaneum sea front are male - leading to the assumption that they were trying to secure boats for their women and children sheltering in the boat sheds
by Simon21
Sat May 08, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: UT Dating for Ostrich Shells in South African Midden
Replies: 2
Views: 844

Re: UT Dating for Ostrich Shells in South African Midden

Middens in Oz are usually cited near the coast and largely consist of discarded shells
by Simon21
Sat May 08, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: Earliest Burial Thusfar in Africa
Replies: 9
Views: 1491

Re: Earliest Burial Thusfar in Africa

Of course Dorothy's dog in the Wizard of Oz was called Toto, one wondered where Walt had learned Swahili. I was told it meant young child and was not a pejorative, my brother was described as such
by Simon21
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:27 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: Major New Find in Egypt
Replies: 3
Views: 984

Re: Major New Find in Egypt

Interesting stuff. One day in the distant future there will be a remarkable find in Egypt which is not compared to Tutankhamun's tomb.
by Simon21
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:26 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: Luwian notes
Replies: 98
Views: 61312

Re: Luwian notes

All seems a bit spooky but if the dead can apparently move glasses around a table no reason they can post comments.
by Simon21
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.
Replies: 5
Views: 1354

Re: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.

When you overthrow a democratically elected government, kill thousands, institute a regime of state torture and murder (young women a speciality) on a regular basis with the West winking all the while and pouring in subsidies, this is the sort of thing that is likely to happen. I wouldn't visit Sisi...
by Simon21
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.
Replies: 5
Views: 1354

Re: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.

Hmmm that wouldn't be when ordinary Egyptians attacked the fanatics with their bare hands and saved several valuable white lives at a cost to their own. In stark contrast to the US/Russian armed and paid for brave Egyptian military (free and violent virginity tests for all female suspects) who turne...
by Simon21
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.
Replies: 5
Views: 1354

Re: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.

Maybe they can do something for the impoverished Egyptian people, as they never did during life.
by Simon21
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Great Pyramid "Air Shafts"
Replies: 8
Views: 1880

Re: Great Pyramid "Air Shafts"

It is an interesting issue. It partly comes from the idea that apart from the Romans (and the Greeks) the only people who achieved anything in the world were white westerners. Whole books were written on Zimbabwe trying to identify who its mysterious builders must have been (phoenicians, israelites ...
by Simon21
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: Okay, So It Isn't Exactly a Munich beer Hall...
Replies: 4
Views: 1394

Re: Okay, So It Isn't Exactly a Munich beer Hall...

Fermented bitter porridge for everyone!
by Simon21
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Digging season confirmed
Replies: 0
Views: 1038

Digging season confirmed

Just had the dates for this year's dig at Vindolanda confirmed. According to Anthony Birley big things are expected this year. Volunteers are apparently lining up so they have arranged for two extra seasons. Can't decide to take a slot at the beginning when they re breaking new ground, or at the end...
by Simon21
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Okay, So It Isn't Exactly a Munich beer Hall...
Replies: 4
Views: 1394

Re: Okay, So It Isn't Exactly a Munich beer Hall...

My eldest went on a tour of Soweto and was offered the chance to drink at a Shebeen (supposedly illegal beer stube - so illegal there were tourist tours of it). The beverage of choice was "kaffirbeer", allegedly the oldest type of beer in the world and the one allegedly drunk in Egypt etc. It's serv...