Tag: archaeology

Gerhard Bersu and ‘hostile environments’

August 6, 2018 1 Comment
Gerhard Bersu and ‘hostile environments’

As I was wandering round the Manx Museum in Douglas last week – it’s a first-class museum with imaginative displays and zero dumbing-down – a name sprang out of one of the panels in the section on Manx prehistory that took me straight back to my student archaeology days.  The name was that of Gerhard […]

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The Powysland Club: its origin and early development

May 13, 2018 0 Comments
The Powysland Club: its origin and early development

1   Foundation The first county archaeological society in Wales was the Caerleon Antiquarian Association, founded in 1847 and renamed the Monmouthshire and Caerleon Antiquarian Association in 1857. It was twenty years before a second local archaeological society in Wales was founded, in 1867.  The gap is puzzling, especially when one considers that this period […]

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Nicholas Roerich: archaeology and ‘The Rite of Spring’

June 11, 2017 2 Comments
Nicholas Roerich: archaeology and ‘The Rite of Spring’

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s  concert on Friday in the Brangwyn Hall had a well-matched programme: Stravinsky’s The rite of spring, preceded by Prokofiev’s Scythian suite and Ravel’s piano concerto in G major.  All are brilliant works, written within twenty years of one another, and all feature the strongest of rhythms and cross-rhythms.  Prokofiev […]

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An archaeological nightmare

October 2, 2016 1 Comment
An archaeological nightmare

In my experience – and I confess I haven’t lifted a trowel in anger for over forty years – archaeological digs bring nothing but lasting pleasure.  For some, though, it’s obviously a different story. Quite recently a friend alerted me to the writings of Sarah Moss.  Her speciality, in fiction and in books of travel, […]

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Ar y Mynydd Du

July 12, 2015 0 Comments
Ar y Mynydd Du

Golygfa ddu yw hi, o bob cyfeiriad, does dim dwywaith. O’r A48, er engraifft, wrth ichi yrru o Gaerfyrddin tua Cross Hands, mae’n anodd osgoi edrych draw, am eiliad o leiaf, i’r wal dywyll, fygythiol o fryniau sy’n ymestyn ar y gorwel yn y dwyrain – ymyl gorllewinol y Mynydd Du. ‘Du’ mewn ffordd arall […]

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