I’m Mike Maynard and I live in the heart of England. I am trying to post regular blogs. I write mostly humour. I have a lot of interests and have already put a picture on one blog and hope to do many more. They are digitally altered in some way. Some artists use a brush, I use a computer. I am currently writing a psychological thriller just for a change from comedy. I am also getting interested in cooking and took delivery of a wok today, to do my stir fry. Besides cooking it, I will also photograph the food. I am considering serialising my psychological thriller in a blog when it’s finished, perhaps a chapter at a time. I have also mentored some young people at university. I help with assignments and other problems. I can also help with finding employment and even starting a business. I have done business plans. If you want to know when I have posted a new blog follow me on Twitter. To contact me, there is a email address on very page of my website.
“This is a very exciting find,” said project co-director Hannah Cole, who for six years has been leading digs on the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula in the Scottish highlands. “Though we have excavated many important artifacts over the years, I think it’s fair to say that this year the archaeology has really exceeded our expectations.”
Viking boat burials are extremely rare, in part because only prominent individuals received the reverent and elaborate sendoff. In the Norse religion, valiant warriors entered festive and glorious realms after death, and it was thought that the vessels that served them well in life would help them reach their final destination. Distinguished raiders were also equipped with weapons and valuable goods for the afterlife, even if they were to be cremated.
Although its wooden timbers decomposed long ago, the outline of a ship surrounds what’s left of the body—fragments of an arm bone and several teeth—found in the Ardnamurchan grave. Hundreds of metal rivets that once held the vessel together, some with wood shards still attached, also remain. The dig also revealed a knife, an axe, a sword with an ornate hilt, a shield, part of a bronze drinking horn, pottery and other possessions that the dead chief might have needed for the hereafter—all encrusted with centuries of rust but shown by X-rays to be in remarkable condition.
“A Viking boat burial is an incredible discovery, but in addition to that, the artifacts and preservation make this one of the most important Norse graves ever excavated in Britain,” said Cole. A handful of other boat burials have been unearthed on the UK mainland, but lack of expertise and outdated techniques made these early excavations unsuccessful. The best-preserved examples come from Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
The seafaring Scandinavians known as the Vikings raided and settled coastal sites in the British Isles and beyond between the ninth and 11th centuries. In the 10th century, when the Ardnamurchan Viking was laid to rest, Norsemen occupied Ireland, Scotland and northwest England, and some had already begun converting to Christianity. This was apparently not the case for the mourners who interred the newly discovered warrior, whose grave bears traces of pagan traditions including stones covering the body.
With support from several universities and organizations, archaeologists and students have uncovered a number of treasures at Ardnamurchan, a peninsula that is thought to have been an important site even in prehistoric times. Examples include graves dating back 6,000 years and an Iron Age fort, discovered earlier this year. Oliver Harris, another co-director of the project, said that previous digs focused on burial practices between 6,000 and 2,800 years ago, long before the Vikings pillaged Britain’s shores. But, he said, “the find we reveal today has got to be the icing on the cake.”
- Universities in Vikings project (bbc.co.uk)
- University of Bristol archaeologists unearth slave burial ground on St. Helena (eurekalert.org)
My REAL LIFE friend plays Second Life. (Hereafter known as SL) In SL he is known as Drakken Calhoun and he owns the 40′s Jazz Club, Afterhours at the Fitzgerald. I keep missing him when I have gone in the game. Last time he was there, sitting in the lounge of the club but “away” so he didn’t hear me yelling at him. Heheheheh Here are some pics of his club.
You can visit his club here: Afterhours at the Fitzgerald
This is an outside view of the entrance to the club. I can’t go in-world while at work any more. I suppose I could, I can login using my netbook, but it is not a computer for playing SL, the game is graphic intensive and my little netbook is not, so I just kinda move at a snail’s pace if using the netbook. So I don’t login often using the netbook. I have been a member of SL for 6 years I think, something like that. I use to play ALL NIGHT at work on my other laptop, then come home and play all day too. After a while, some bad experiences there and just playing too often, I stopped playing altogether for about two years. I got sick of it! Only recently have I gone back in, but not frequently.
Here is a picture of the inside of his club:
He also has a coffee shop, but I forgot to take a picture of it!
In the same visit to SL I also visited London. The SoHo area. There was an event taking place and for the life of me I can not remember what in the heck it was. I remember it is a month long event. Here is a picture of part of the SoHo area:
And one a bit closer to the square:
Complete with a double decker bus!
It almost ran me over! I didn’t care, I was in London.