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Archive for September, 2012

The wonderful Crosby Garrett helmet

It’s now on view to the public for the first time since any of us (well, almost any of us) last saw it when it was auctioned by Christie’s last autumn. It’s in the astonishing exhibition at the Royal Academy, which they call Bronze, and this is how the helmet looked yesterday as photographed on my phone. The show is everything critics are saying about it, really worth seeing, and the helmet is far from the only archaeological artefact there. But beautiful as it is, you can’t help thinking, why did the owner lend it to the Royal Academy and not to the Tullie House Museum, which was so keen to show it to the people of Cumbria? As Mrs Merton might have said to the collector, “So, what first attracted you to the socially prestigious Royal Academy?”

Out in Wiltshire

Down at Stonehenge today, mostly a chill drab day, but the river Avon (here near the “Bluehenge” site in West Amesbury) is always gorgeous and quiet.

And this is how the Airman’s Cross site looked (see earlier views here):

Winterbourne crossroads barrows on the horizon

Where the cross itself used to stand




Archaeology with a bounce!

Two videos of Sacrilege have gone online today, made by Jared Schiller: Welsh kids having fun and an archaeologist getting half serious. The former at least is well worth watching! They were filmed on the first day of the UK tour, and now 30 venues later they’re on the Mayor of London’s website – with only Stoke-on-Trent and Preston to go. Perhaps they were really made for the next tour.