I recently read Beatrice de Cardi's name in a footnote in an archaeology book published in 1950, and thought I'd look her up and see who she was. Well, she isn't was, she's is. She just celebrated her 100th birthday (read about it here), seven years after this BBC segment labelled her the oldest archaeologist in the world. She learned her archaeology from Mortimer Wheeler at Maiden Castle in the Thirties, but made her mark in Pakistan and the Persian Gulf. D
Many people go to Spoleto in Umbria for the opera. But while you are there you can might also visit the Monteluca, at one time a grove sacred to Jupiter. If you do, be sure to observe the Lex luci spoletina, which governs the site and was laid down in the 3rd century BC.
Let no-one violate this grove nor carry out anything that is in the grove nor set foot in it [or possibly 'cut it'] except annually on the day of the rite; on the day when it is done because of the rite it shall be permitted to enter (cut) it with impunity. Whosoever violates the grove shall give a purificatory offering of an ox to Jupiter; whoever violates it knowingly and maliciously shall give a purificatory offering of an ox to Jupiter and shall be fined 300 asses [a unit of currency]. The chief magistrate shall be responsible for the exaction of the offering and fine.
Though they did a lot of Roman episodes on Time Team, it wasn't until until series 9, episode 12 that any volume of the Loeb Classical Library got screen time, viz. Suetonius on Vespasian's conquest of the Isle of Wight.
Tony does wave around the red Liverpool University Press Vegetius in series 1, episode 2. And Robin Bush reads from the Penguin Life of King Alfred in series 10, episode 8. He too can be seen following the text with his finger as he reads, a thing nobody over the age of six would do except for television.
And he used a highlighter. Guy de la Bédoyère glances toward a Loeb Dio Cassius on the table in front of him in series 11, episode 5, but it doesn't get a closeup because in the next instant Carenza is pointing at a map, and you can't have two finger shots in row, although I've done it above.
Five prehistoric Scottish carved stone balls. They are held at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
It's the Scottish Cup, Round Five. Last night Rangers beat Dunfermline 4 - 0. Match of the Day today is between Celtic and Aberdeen, the #1 and #2 teams in the Premiership. A victory by Celtic would keep alive the possibility of an Old Firm final. There has not been one of those since 2002. Aberdeen and Inverness are still in the running for the Scottish domestic treble, but Celtic's league lead gets wider all the time.
Altogether seven Premiership, three Championship, and five League One clubs are involved in this round, plus Albion Rovers from League Two.
Morton are off.
[Aberdeen knock out Celtic! Raith knock out Hibs!]
Yesterday US Boulogne visited Colomiers in Haute-Garonne and won 1 - 2.
These gold torcs date from the first couple of centuries BC and were recovered in Stirlingshire in 2009. Torcs are characteristic of the Celtic culture of those days, perhaps because headhunting was too. This little bit of ornamental neck armour was sometimes the only thing a Gallic warrior wore into battle. Source.
Christoffer Willhelm Eckersberg, A View through Three of the North-Western Arches of the Third Storey of the Coliseum in Rome (1815 or 1816), in the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. Read about it here, where you can download a version large enough to show the crackle in the paint. Painters of this generation really had a handle on the colour green.