When restoration goes terribly wrong

The Heritage Trust

Ecce Homo by the 19th century painter Elías García Martínez on the walls of the church of Santuario de Misericordia in the village of Borja, near Zaragoza, Spain. From left to right. The painting as it was in 2010, the painting in July of this year showing loss of pigment, and the painting as it appears now
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Sometimes it’s best to leave damaged or decaying artefacts alone until a sure way of conserving them can be found. Using the wrong conservation materials, or the services of unqualified people, can have disastrous results – as the above photographs vividly show. Writing in The Telegraph on 22 August Amy Willis reports that –

Three separate photographs of “Ecce Homo” by painter Elias Garcia Martinez show extensive damage caused by an elderly woman who decided the masterpiece needed a little refurbishment. But in a time of austerity, rather than…

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First 15th Century Fishermen’s Hut Excavated in Iceland


Topic: Early Fisherman

Before I get to my ancient food post for today, I wanted to thank everyone who follows, looks at or likes my blog! As of about twenty minutes or so ago I have had over 50,000 hits on my site in the almost three years I have been blogging. For a subject I was unsure anyone would be interested in, these statistics are overwelming. Thank you again and keep reading, I’m just getting started!


A fishermen’s hut (verbúð in Icelandic) from the first part of the 15th century was discovered during archaeological research at Gufuskálavör on Snæfellsnes peninsula this summer. It is likely the first verbúð from that period to be excavated in its entirety.

“We have obtained a pretty good picture of what fishermen’s huts looked like in the 15th century,” archaeologist Lilja Björk Pálsdóttir, who leads the excavation at Gufuskálavör, told Morgunblaðið.

Rowboats were operated by…

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Earliest depiction of the Rollright Stones found?

The Heritage Trust

The Elizabethan Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire showing the Rollright Stones
Writing in The Art Newspaper today Emily Sharpe reports that –


The cleaning of an Elizabethan tapestry map has revealed what may be the earliest depiction of the Rollright Stones, a series of Neolithic and Bronze Age megaliths in the English Midlands, says Maggie Wood, the keeper of social history at Warwickshire Museum. What appears to be a small stone circle is now visible in the lower right-hand corner of the Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire. Other details, including tiny cottages nestled among the trees, are also now visible. The textile was cleaned and conserved in 2011 in preparation for its inclusion in the British Museum’s exhibition “Shakespeare: Staging the World” (until 25 November).*

Detail of the Rollright Stones in the lower right-hand corner of the tapestry
A lecture by Maggie Wood…

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Of Thunder and Flame

During the gather on Wednesday, I took a moment to ask Bear about potions. Bear is an interesting bloke and one thing I really appreciate about him is he’s no nonsense, believes that information is free and has a wonderfully straight forward way of explaining things. That night alone I picked up a method of divination (because I’m a nosey curious creature) and a simple but powerful method of magic that is very much underestimated. (Side note: All this in one night from conversation. Better than digging through books that just repeat the same information over and over again)

So when I asked about Potions I got a nice crash course that gave me enough information to start playing around.

Potions are essentially a form of enchantment that one consumes to take the magic into themselves. They can be fast and easy or as complicated as one wants. Their ingredients…

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Germanic Folkways Fellowship Australia

I’m very much writing this after the fact, indeed, we celebrated Yule on the weekend of the 23rd June 2012, and are now very much two months hence.  Ostara feels like it is just around the corner, and given the more Spring-like weather we’ve been having, it feels that way both figuratively and literally.

As Yule falls in the middle of our Calendar year, it tends to be a less elaborate undertaking than that which our ancestors would have experienced, and indeed, for me, this year it was no less different.  You may be wondering why it falls in the middle of the year?  Well, Yule is a Winter festivity, so rather than having it around December, which simply would be incongruous, we hold it when it should be held, in the middle of Winter.  Of course this means that we have no Public Holidays with which to work…

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St. Maximilian Landsknecht Re-enactment Guild

Worth a look;

“The von Fürstenberg Fähnlein is the name of our company of German mercenaries calledLandsknechte. We operate under the official name of the Renaissance re-enactment group called St. Maximilian Landsknecht Re-enactment Guild. It is our purpose to portray a historical, but theatrical, representation of camp life of Landsknechte circa 1536 on the Northern California small faire circuit, for public education and entertainment.”

Translation, or how to say what that other person meant

the dancing professor

Y’all, it’s my last week of summer! I have a day of training on Friday, a work event on Sunday afternoon, that freshmen workshop on Monday — and my first classes on Thursday, a week and a half from now! I didn’t get nearly as much done as I hoped this summer, but it was my first summer as a ‘real professor,’ so I’m not gonna get all angsty about it. I did realize that there’s another class I want to teach in this program, which means I’m not quite ready for this to be last year in this program anyway, so next summer could very well be a quite settled and productive one.

But I can’t believe I’m already talking about next summer, that’s ridiculous. Let’s rein in the focus a bit. I got my presentation for the workshop pretty much together – it’s a nice prezi one, with…

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