Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Monday, 30 January 2017
Keeping the wolves from the door
My friend Thomas in Germany has just sent me this picture. Embiggen it and you will see five wolves strolling around a field - just outside Bremerhaven! Amazing. It must be bad weather in the East for them to come so far, but wolves will cover over 100 miles in a night, even in deep snow. They have been going for cattle, but there is a fear that if the cattle are sheltered from them, they may go for joggers. Oh well, they have to eat...
Last week I heard of the disovery of two intact Roman villas near Chichester, Sussex, buried deep beneath a field which must have been flooded or something for the walls to still be standing. Then today, I hear that only 10% of Tintagel - the legendary Cornish seat of King Arthur - has been excavated. Why only 10%?
In that 10%, over 90% of all the Byzantine artifacts ever found in Europe have been unearthed. You see, we have been trading with the rest of the world for millennia.
To be an archaeologist now - and bury yourself in the past as a form of escape - must be similar to Indiana Jones in neutral, WW2 Egypt. Sitting in a large, Alexandrian cafe with your Allied friends, nervously eyeing-up your Axis counterparts on the other side of the room...