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here's one for Nick and the Arthur crowd.............

The Saxons were coming! A tiny sword stud found under a shop rewrites Welsh history

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wa...1466-23802827/
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..who woulda thunk it? Meanwhile... Nearer to the US, yesterday while digging in the garden, I unearthed a silver match safe. It had the touchmark of a 19th century Massachusetts silversmith. A bit banged up but worth keeping nevertheless. Lots of glass keeps surfacing as well. Over by the stream there is, I think , an old bottle dump. Lots of glass there and three years ago a twelve sided bitters bottle. A thrill a minute here on the short seacoast..
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here's one for Nick and the Arthur crowd.............

The Saxons were coming! A tiny sword stud found under a shop rewrites Welsh history

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wa...1466-23802827/
Cheers .
There appears to have been an Anglo-Saxon invasion much earlier than before most believe, at 367AD. It may be during this time they took charge, and changed the language in the next couple of generations before the Britons revolted in 408AD. The reason I had previously thought the A-S were not really in charge any time was the lack of much Archaelogical evidence in the late 5th century. However, if they were already here before the Romans left, their is no reason why they should not use Roman dwellings.

Again cheers for the heads up C-V .
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here's one for Nick and the Arthur crowd.............

The Saxons were coming! A tiny sword stud found under a shop rewrites Welsh history

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wa...1466-23802827/
Very Cool!
Thanks CV for the link!
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sealed 17th-c. witch bottle

Complete with genuine 17th-century wizz.

Urine, Fingernail-Filled 'Witch Bottle' Found

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CT scans and chemical analysis, along with gas chromatography conducted by Richard Cole of the Leicester Royal Infirmary, reveal the contents of the bottle to include human urine, brimstone, 12 iron nails, eight brass pins, hair, possible navel fluff, a piece of heart-shaped leather pierced by a bent nail, and 10 fingernail clippings.
Navel fluff? Navel fluff?! How the hell do you identify "navel fluff"?!
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man... i cant even imagine. but tis a good article.
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Complete with genuine 17th-century wizz.

Urine, Fingernail-Filled 'Witch Bottle' Found



Navel fluff? Navel fluff?! How the hell do you identify "navel fluff"?!
You consult a "navel historian", of course...
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or you gear up for another potential great find in the Orkney's......hey imagine that. i comment and oooooooooopppps there she is.

because like Jose digging around in his backyard so this guy.

Plough uncovers suspected chambered tomb

http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/heathfield2009.htm
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or you gear up for another potential great find in the Orkney's......hey imagine that. i comment and oooooooooopppps there she is.

because like Jose digging around in his backyard so this guy.

Plough uncovers suspected chambered tomb

http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/heathfield2009.htm
I guess the poor farmer won't be growing any crops this year...

Interesting find, CV.
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oh i dunno maybe in a wide swath around it T....ntl i applaud his quick reaction and support by calling in the proper folk to deal with the discovery....and perhaps he might receive a small offsetting stipend for usage lost. can't say about whether that's a common practice or not in the UK. it is in the US.

I've been to the Orkney's and to the imaginative eye they look a little wild and inhospitable...kinda like the highlands...but nothing is farther from the truth....quite beautiful in a high, lonesome, llano sort of way... very stark...yet awesome scenery and coastlines and glens, beautiful streams.. etc...only place i ever got the same feeling from, on the continent, was the Ardennes country, near Bitburg and Prum. the legendary Schnee Eifel region.

with great and friendly and inquisitive, yet polite folk...who always seemed genuinely pleased to meet me.

you would enjoy it immensely.
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Navel fluff? Navel fluff?! How the hell do you identify "navel fluff"?!
Sort of like "Marshmallow Fluff" but more "salty"...
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Writing slate found at Jamestown VA

Another cool 17th c. find.

Slate tablet found at Jamestown

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Archaeologists have pulled a 400-year-old slate tablet from what they think was an original well at Jamestown, a historic preservation group announced yesterday.

The slate is covered with faint inscriptions of local birds, flowers, a tree and caricatures of men, along with letters and numbers, according to Preservation Virginia, which jointly operates the dig site with the National Park Service. It was found May 11 at the center of James Fort, which was established in 1607 and makes Jamestown the first permanent English settlement in North America.
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An eagle and a heron appeared on the slate, along with three types of plants, which haven't been identified. A depiction of lions -- the British armorial sign in the early 1600s -- indicates that the writer could have been a government official, Kelso said.

The phrase "A minon of the finest sorte" also appears on the slate, and Kelso said "minon" may have been an alternate spelling of "minion," possibly referring to a cannon or a servant.
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They say the best place to dig for things in the Old West here in the USA are abandoned outhouses. Yeah, sure know that I wouldn't dig in an outhouse still in use.
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