Traditional Crafts at Local Village Fair

Last Summer my parents and I visited a neighbouring village for their annual village fair. It’s been going for hundreds of years, and there are no signs of it stopping any time soon. What was lovely to see, amongst the craft stalls, were two areas showcasing traditional crafts.

Rob lives in our village and makes traditional wooden frame buildings. He also does thatched roofs. He had a display of some of the techniques used, and was even giving a demonstration of how he cuts beams into shape by hand.


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Stonehenge Christmas/Yule card

How can you not love this? I wish I had known about them sooner. Perfect for the Pagan or ancient history aficionado in your life… or as a treat for yourself.
They can be bought from the English Heritage website: http://www.english-heritageshop.org.uk/stationery/stonehenge-3d-pop-up-christmas-card

Link: Temple Ritual at Abydos by Rosalie David

From the Egypt Exploration Society ‘s Twitter feed:

New volume now available! Rosalie David’s ‘Temple Ritual at Abydos’, packed full of archive photos and watercolours: https://t.co/Ae2bQ8zK6U https://t.co/YjPsy91fiP

From the website:

…Prof David added the complete translations and transliterations to the ritual inscriptions and revised the text; we selected images from the EES archives and especially from the 1930-50s Calverley & Broome folios with their magnificent watercolours…

The result is one the most ambitious volumes the EES has realised in some time and one of the most visually appealing too. On 392 pages you’ll find numerous line drawings, many full-colour reproductions of the scenes of ritual and sacrifice from the temple walls, and photographs from our archives.

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

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

Visit Philae Temple from home!

If you cannot go to Egypt to see the wonders of Philae Temple despair not. Many of us can’t travel as much as we’d like, whether the reason is illness, time, money or safety concerns, so imagine my delight when I found out about this project. Describing Egypt is a modern take on the old Description de l’Egypte, capturing the splendor of Ancient Egypt’s monuments in 360°. As well as Philae the group have also captured the tombs of Rammesses VI, Sennedjem, the mastaba of Ptah-Hotep and Akhet-Hotep, and the mastaba of Ty.

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