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Davos/Klosters in the Canton of Graubünden Wish to thank Walti from Switzerland who kindly sent me the above photograph

Davos/Klosters in the Canton of Graubünden
Wish to thank Walti from Switzerland who kindly sent me the above photograph


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Judith Jesch, Professor of Viking Studies, University of Nottingham Odin: What a dream! I dreamt I woke at dawn to tidy Valhalla for the fallen ones; I … made the Valkyries bring wine, as a prince was coming. I’m expecting some renowned heroes from the human world; my heart is glad! Anonymous poem about Eirik Bloodaxe The BP [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014
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A boat burial from Kaupang, Norway, early 10th century. Illustration by Þórhallur Þráinsson,  Neil Price
Neil Price, Professor of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen Among the most fascinating things in the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend are the numerous objects from burials and graves. The way that a people treat their dead can say a lot about their attitudes to life, and the Vikings were [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
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Display of hand-bells in Room 41. Saint Cuileáin’s bell is on the left.
Sue Brunning, curator, British Museum Several weeks ago I broke a green glass tumbler when emptying the dishwasher. The vessel wasn’t rare or expensive; in fact, it was a free gift that I’d received when buying a meal at a fast food restaurant. But that restaurant happened to be on a [...]
Mon, Apr 14, 2014
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Gallo Belgic A stater_544
Ian Leins and Emma Morris, curators, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum Iron Age coin die. 2014,4014.1 Iron Age coin die, showing two sides and the face. 2014,4014.1 One of the most recent acquisitions made by the Department of Coins and Medals is a highly unusual object – an ancient punch [...]
Fri, Apr 11, 2014
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iron slave shackle,  National Museum of Ireland
Tom Williams, Exhibition Project Curator, British Museum The tidal current runs to and fro […] crowded with memories of men and ships it had borne to the rest of home or to the battles of the sea. Hunters for gold or pursuers of fame, they all had gone out on that [...]
Wed, Apr 09, 2014
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Hazel Gardiner, Metals Conservator, British Museum The soil block after excavation of the hoard and prior to dismantling and return to the archaeologists who carried out the excavation. For those who have been following the progress of the conservation of the Beau Street Hoard on the blog, I am delighted to announce [...]
Tue, Apr 08, 2014
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detail of Ming vase
Yu-Ping Luk, Exhibition Project Curator, British Museum Early last year, when the idea of a Spotlight tour to complement the BP exhibition Ming: 50 years that changed China was raised, we had to consider which single object from the British Museum collection could possibly represent early Ming dynasty (1368–1644) China. [...]
Mon, Apr 07, 2014
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gold finger ring with runic inscription
Martin Findell, Research Associate, University of Leicester Gold finger-ring, engraved with a runic inscription. Late Anglo-Saxon, found in Cumbria, England. OA.10262 Call it perversity, but in my own research I’ve always had a taste for the unfashionable and the unglamorous areas of runic writing. I get more excited about a name [...]
Fri, Apr 04, 2014
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Sutton Hoo helmet
Sue Brunning, curator, British Museum Fifteen years ago I visited the British Museum as an undergraduate. As someone who’d most recently studied the English Civil War, I’d taken a course on Anglo-Saxon England because I was curious to learn what life was like at a time when the date only had [...]
Wed, Mar 26, 2014
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Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, Cambridge University Did women in Greece and Rome speak? Stupid question; of course they did. They must have chattered and joked together, laughed at the silliness of their menfolk, advised (or chatted up) their husbands, given lessons to their children… and much, much more. But nowhere [...]
Mon, Mar 24, 2014
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