A Post of Many Things

Greetings once again, gentle readers! Today I was originally planning on spending some time discussing the happenings of the Toltecs but alas, my sources here (at work…) are severely limited and I didn’t feel right simply re-posting the small amount of facts available on Wikipedia or misc. other websites so instead I will allow you to enjoy this delightfully judgmental Toltec statue and we shall continue in a different direction!

Right! Now that we’ve all been sufficiently judged by this sassy statue (you may also feel free to admire the fine craftsmanship of the Toltec artisans…because that is apparently what ‘Toltec’ means! Or, at least that is what the word is associated with…art, culture and urbanism.) Let us proceed …

…to the world of Maritime Archaeology! Here’s a bit of exciting news involving ships, Bronze Age Britain and material goods courtesy of the good folks at National Geographic. I’ll leave the original links in so you can properly explore the photo gallery at the source and see exactly how awesome this particular find is!

Shipwreck Yields Bronze-Age Gold

Photograph courtesy South West Maritime Archaeological Group

Gleaming where it sank almost 3,000 years ago, a golden bracelet from the Bronze Age marks the site of one of the world’s oldest shipwrecks, recently discovered off the coast of the United Kingdom. At the time of the wreck, Rome had yet to be built, pharaohs still ruled Egypt, and Jesus Christ’s birth was still centuries away.

The treasure was part of a 900 B.C. cargo discovered in May 2009 near the town of Salcombe (map) by divers from the South West Maritime Archaeological Group.

Announced this month at the International Shipwreck Conference in Plymouth, U.K., the Salcombe finds include hundreds of copper and tin ingots—the raw material for making bronze—and reveal sophisticated trade links between prehistoric Britain and the rest of Europe, archaeologists say.

“It shows how linked in communities on the south coast [of Britain] were to a very broader world,” said Ben Roberts, European Bronze Age curator at the British Museum in London.

(Also see pictures of the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure yet found.)

—James Owen in London

Also, head over to Sexy Archaeology to check out the newest post featuring a roundup of some of the finest archaeology-themed blogs on the interwebs!**This may or may not be a shameless plug for products of the MAASM programme. 😛

Also also, as of about a few seconds ago, Mental Floss had one of my favorite factoids tweeted as one of their random Twitter facts! It goes a little something like, “When the mummy of Ramses II was sent to France in 1976, it was issued a passport. Ramses’ occupation? “King (deceased).” *snicker*

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2 thoughts on “A Post of Many Things

  1. I think I need one of those Toltec statues. I could set it on my bedside table- hopefully the glare of disapproval would encourage me to get out of bed without hitting the snooze multiple times 🙂

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