Link: The Egyptian Bead Project

Finally a project that combines two of my loves: Egypt and beading.

the Egyptian Bead Project is a collaborative and multidisciplinary research program for all scholars interested in beads and beadwork. It aims to use archaeological artifact studies to increase our understanding of the role of beads and beadwork, and also trade and technologies related to beads in ancient Egypt.

You can read more on the website:
http://www.egyptianbeadproject.com

Has a shrine dedicated to Olaf Haraldsson been discovered in Trondheim?

Researchers from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage believe they have unearthed the stone foundations of a wooden church where the body of King Olaf Haraldsson was taken in 1031 shortly after he was declared a saint.

For more information see this article: http://www.archaeology.org/news/5040-161123-norway-olaf-reburial

Nature’s bounty: dried berries experiment

Our garden is filled with so many beautiful plants and trees, but my heart was captured this Autumn by our Hawthorns. They live at the very top, acting as a boundary between us and the field behind.
In folklore lone Hawthorns are said to be connected to Fairies. They have white flowers and red berries, and anything red and white was often linked to the Fair Folk. Animals like cattle and hounds with red and white markings were associated with them. Hawthorns were often used as field boundaries, like ours, and so can have a protective element. Because of the white summer blossom they are also referred to as Whitethorns. Ours do have thorns but not many. Perhaps they’re friendlier and don’t feel threatened.

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Now available from my Etsy store: Day & Night Scarab Prayer Beads + P&P changes

Follow the journey of the sun God Ra through the sky. The lighter scarabs represent Khepera rolling the sun through the sky during the daytime, and the darker ones represent Ra’s journey through the Duat at night. There are 12 scarab beads in total, representing the 12 hours of the day, and of the night. At either end there is a lobster clasp so the strand can be joined to form a continuous circle, just as day and night form a continuous cycle.
It’s a lovely piece with a nice weight to it, perfect for keeping you grounded while saying prayers or devotions. It will also add an element of interest to any altar or shrine setup.

There are two strands available. The turquoise scarabs are slightly lighter on one set.
Day & Night Scarab Prayer Beads – Ra’s journey through the sky
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I have now made my items available for sale outside the UK. I currently have a selection of countries in the postage section but if you don’t see yours there please let me know and I will work out the postage and add it to the listing.

Friday Finds: Yuletide 2016

Have you left it a little late for Yuletide gifts? Do you have problems giving people ideas of what you would like? Here are some of my favourite Yule-themed items from Etsy.

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Christmas Fairy Cardittiillustrations – Netherlands

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Krampus Card by SimonsNest – UK

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Mistletoe Charms by Wispytrails – UK

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Rowan Berry Tiara by Thyme2dreamWeddings – USA

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Leather Holly Leaf Decorations by beadmask – USA

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Set of Four Heathen Yule Tree Ornaments by MickieMuellerStudio – USA

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Dry Needle Felted Holly King by WooleyMama – UK

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Grey Gnome by EarthyMamaGoods – USA

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Cool Yule Spinners/Felters Selection by FellviewFibres – UK

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Yuletide Offerings box by moonboxxco – USA

Article link: Prayer to Thoth for Skill in Writing

The Prayer to Thoth for Skill is a literary piece dated to c. 1150 BCE from the latter period of the New Kingdom of Egypt(c. 1570-1069 BCE) in which a young scribe prays for inspiration to Thoth, god of wisdom and writing. The prayer was found among the works of Papyrus Anastasi V, a papyrus scroll discovered at Thebes. The prayer is an interesting glimpse into how the profession of the scribe was viewed by the ancient Egyptians and what one hoped to gain by that occupation.

The full article can be read here:

http://www.ancient.eu/article/976/

5,600-year-old religious centre discovered near Stonehenge

Another causewayed enclosure has been discovered near Stonehenge. It is located in Larkhill, Wiltshire, and is thought to date from around 3,650 BC.  Once again a new discovery is leading to a review of exactly how the sacred landscape around the site was used.

Their precise original function remains a mystery, but the scant available evidence suggests that they were used for a mixture of ceremonial, religious, political and mortuary roles.

You can read the full article on the Independent’s website:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-prehistoric-religious-ceremonial-centre-discovered-archaeologists-a7425346.html