The finest example of Neolithic art from the Ness of Brodgar to date - The Orcadian Online
A carved stone uncovered on the Ness of Brodgar today has been hailed as the finest example of Neolithic art recovered from the Stenness excavation site – if not in the UK. The stone, which is decorated on both sides, was discovered at the base of the later south-west internal corner buttresses in Structure Ten […]
Skara Brae, Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK
Skara Brae is a large stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. It consists of ten clustered houses, and was occupied from roughly 3180 BC–2500 BC. It is Europe's most complete Neolithic village and the level of preservation is such that it has gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status and been called the "Scottish Pompeii". To view my blog from day five of my Scotland holiday. Click the link below…
How to Throw the Coins to Obtain a Reading for the I Ching
The Chinese Book of Change - The I Ching (pronounced Yee Jing) - is one of the most ancient books in existence - some of it is 3000 years old. It is not about
UK Parliament tour - Prince's Chamber Royal Gallery and Robing Room
Prince's Chamber, Royal Gallery and Robing Room Work spaces for Members of the House of Lords and venues for visiting heads of state to address Members of th...
Top 10 Codes and Ciphers - Listverse
The need to conceal the meaning of important messages has existed for thousands of years. Over time, people have found increasingly complex ways of encoding their messages as the simpler ways are decoded with greater ease. Contrary to layman-speak, codes and ciphers are not synonymous. A code is where each word in a message is replaced with a code word or symbol, whereas a cipher is where each letter in a message is replaced with a cipher letter or symbol. In fact, when most people say…
What on earth is a Stanhope?
One of my first tasks as a new intern in the photographic history department was to research and write about Stanhopes—what they are, where the name came from, who invented them. I spent about two days finding out everything I could about the objects. I love how one topic can branch out into so many! For example, I started with the name—which comes from the 3rd Earl of