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Mummy Foetus

Here’s a strange tale from the latest Current Archaeology A miniature coffin housed by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, has been found to contain the youngest example of a human foetus embalmed and buried in ancient Egyptian culture. The cedar coffin, thought to date from c664 – 525 BC, was excavated in Giza in 1907 and … Continue reading


Time and Control

There seems to be a general assumption that clocks were invented to control people, as part of the industrialisation of the west, etc. but as ‘Shaping the Day’ by Paul Glennie & Nigel Thrift explain, the truth is far more complicated. Time keeping existed about 3,000 years ago, but it was in 2 forms. The … Continue reading

Early Technology

The industrial revolution did not come out of nowhere. It came from a lot of dreaming, talking and tinkering, and most of all, sharing of ideas. It is surprising how old much of our so –called new technology is. This is from Lisa Nocks book, The Robot The Life Story of a Technology: I am … Continue reading

Plague Years

The word ‘plague’ tends to summon up images of Biblical times, or Middle Ages, as most people don’t realise that the illness, or at least the bacterial that causes it,  has never died out.  as the bug is still present in parts of Asia,  and scientists are now warning that it may come back, with … Continue reading

Tearing Down the Sky

I saw this when it first came out back in 2006, but now that I have been reading up on the subject, I tried another viewing. It was a co-production between the BBC and HBO, with mostly British actors in the lead, and filmed at Rome’s cinecitta studios, with a host of local actors and … Continue reading

Our Oldest Companion

Tuberculosis, or TB,  has been around for centuries, is widely viewed as a disease of overcrowding and malnutrition today about 1.4 million people still die of TB. Tuberculosis is still the biggest single infectious killer, beaten only by HIV/AIDS, with 95% of cases in low income countries. Some victims of TB contract it as a result … Continue reading

Timeless Good Advice

This is from Harputs Song, from c1400 BC Egypt: “Follow your heart while you are alive Put perfume on your head Clothe yourself with fine linen Make holiday and don’t tire of it” I think – or rather, hope – this is right – my notes were more scrawly than normal.

Not Singing in ‘Aida’

Not Singing in ‘Aida’

I became interested in Egyptologist Amelia B. Edwards (1831-92) through a number of sources. Firstly, I was amazed by her tomb in Henbury churchyard, now in the northern suburb of Henbury, Bristol. It  is unique  in having an obelisk, and the Egyptian sign Ankh, a thoroughly unChristian symbology in sacred space. Then I  saw a … Continue reading

Bristol Women – Hannah More

Bristol Women – Hannah More

I was asked by the group producing the Bristol Pound, the new local currency to provide some information on the person who was voted to be on their first note. I had a notion of this woman as a rather miserable evangelical, but of course she was a far more complicated character than some of … Continue reading