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A Fairyland in Avalon and the Power of Cod

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yonge_map_580I came across this a few days ago in my preparation of a short presentation on colonial settlements. When looking through the available literature on the matter (not much on this side of the Atlantic), I found the archaeological record of an excavation in one particular English settlement in Newfoundland, which I deemed appropriate enough for my topic to present. I could have done something like Jamestown or St. Augustine, but somehow this one looked a bit better, especially as the latter ones are “the firsts” in many cases and I wanted something more ordinary. Also there are many accounts on the history of the colony available and the whole settlement was destroyed after about 80 years in a documented attack. Sometimes I wonder how the destruction of a community can be seen as a good thing at all, but for archaeologists it is actually a godsend,  as it means there is an undisturbed record of settlement available in this area, up to a rather precisely dated point in time. In this case: from the start of the settlement in 1621 to it’s destruction in 1696

So when going through all the records on the settlement and trying to put them into a reasonable presentation I almost didn’t notice one tiny detail about it: It was called Ferryland and set in the colony of Avalon.

A Fairyland? (putting all the changes in ortography aside for a second)

In Avalon? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by G. Neuner

11. January 2009 at 9:56 pm

Genuine U1fb3rht Sw0rds! Really Cheap!

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maciejowski_bibleRoughly a millenium ago a sword from the Frankish manufacturies of Ulfbhert gave the warrior wielding it a similar status as a car from Porsche, or maybe a clock from Glashaus, might give a person nowadays. It was a brand, and one well-known for it’s quality as well. The steel used for these swords was imported from Afghanistan and Iran into Scandinavia. It was a high-quality easy-to-use masterpiece of weaponery.It was bleeding edge (so to say) weapon technology. Authorities even tried to ban the export of these swords, as they could be used by others (i.e. Vikings) against the Franks themself.

Now, what happens nowadays when we have a brand well-known everywehere for it’s quality?

It gets copied of course! Copied by people who want to make some easy money with cheap fakes of good quality products. Buyers nowadays are often people who think that it mostly is the brand that matters and not the functionality. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by G. Neuner

1. January 2009 at 5:55 pm

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