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…The UnQuiet Dead Part II: Archeology

6 Mar

There was some interest in my last post regarding the discovery of Richard III’s body in relation to the archeological dig and the locations of Richard’s death and burial site. So, I decided to do some digging myself and I found (surprised I didn’t find it earlier) the University of Leicester website that chronicles the journey of the dig week by week: University of Leicester, Archeology. If you have the time and are interested, take a look because it’s definitely an insightful read, not just in relation to the discovery of Richard III’s body, but also in relation to the modern-day process of archeology. The site explains specific details of the dig such as how they pinpointed the locations of the dig as well as the necessary steps that are taken before the dig starts & the trenches are dug – do you know what a “ground penetrating radar survey” is? I didn’t either until checking this out.

Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground Penetrating Radar

What’s more surprising is how much “digging” I had to do to find this information. Most articles referencing the discovery of the body mainly discussed the moment of discovery itself rather than the process behind it. I went through article upon article from sources such as BBC & CNN without a single detail about the exact location of the dig – just a vague reference to “a car park in Leicester.” (Of course, I was guilty of that myself in my last post =p ) However, considering the search for the bones was three years in the making, I think it is valuable to know how much work and attention to detail went into it.

 Someone asked me where exactly the bones were found in relation to the battle site so I came up with a few maps with some help from The University of Leicester. One map is from the Leicester website and the other two are google maps. Keep in mind that these are modern-day maps and these may not pinpoint the exact location of, for example, the Battle of Bosworth Field, but they do give you a general idea.  The archeological team did “conduct a desk-based assessment of the Greyfriars area, using old maps and documents to trace the development and use of the land” to identify potential areas where the body may be buried (University of Leicester).

1741 map with modern day map and location of the car parks (dig site area) superimposed.

1741 map with modern day map and location of the car parks (dig site area) superimposed.

Distance from Bosworth Field to the Dig Site - roughly 13.6 miles/30 min drive

Distance from Bosworth Field to the Dig Site – roughly 13.6 miles/30 min drive

Dig SiteGoogle Maps

Dig Site
Google Maps

If you live in the area and have some free time, check it out – feel free to send me any photos/interesting stories!

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Smoking from the fields of “Laze”

16 Dec
Photo taken by me, Marie Bell, Soho, NYC

Photo taken by me, Marie Belle, Soho, NYC

I’ve been smoking from the fields of laze everyone.

Yup – I’ve recently been found guilty of laziness. And the worst part of it all: it’s impacting my blog. This is my first post in TWO weeks! It’s not surprising – with technology, everything from our offices to our homes has been infiltrated with the silent stench of laze. And we are all victims. That means you too.

Smoking laze isn’t all bad however – you get to sleep in (which I do on weekends anyways), eat a lot (which I do anyways), watch Netflix and YouTube like a champ, you don’t worry about the sad state of your productivity and, depending on your laze intake,  you subconsciously fall into a wonderfully satisfying doze past midnight. All in all, it’s a warm and fuzzy state of mind…..until you realize you have no purpose to your life.

Is there a cure? A 12-step program for this dangerous addiction?  Can it be stopped? The answer is yes, but it’s not easy. It’s a day-by-day process and it has to be done or you’ll be stuck with the laze funk. Today is Day 1 and I am laze-free. I’ve got two job apps lined up, this blog post is a go, and, well, some more thinking to do. BUT, be wary of a relapse – one productive day doesn’t award you a laze break for a week (be warned: laze side effects include extensive time & memory loss). Your reward is maybe an hour (or two) of T.V., eating, sleeping, mindlessly staring into space, yelling at your spouse or whatever it is that you like to do with your free time. Because, it’s important to have direction, not necessarily a destination, but a direction to travel in – the knowledge that there is movement and, as a result, progress in our lives. Otherwise, life is at a standstill, and you’re stuck at the movie theater, watching your own show reel.

Time is important. You can do a number of things with time – waste it, watch it pass by, rewind it, or, move with it. I’ve blogged before about the excitement in examining the past, but that’s not to say the future isn’t an exciting prospect. Sometimes having a good dosage of laziness is good for the soul – helps us put life into perspective, see what we’ve accomplished or just to sit back and enjoy what we have. But looking ahead is also essential – helps us discover new ideas and new places to venture to. So here’s to keeping one foot behind and one foot ahead with a little bit of laze in the middle.

PS: My daily dose of laze is a cup of tea (chai to be exact) while surfing the web. What’s yours?

 

Cobble Cobble (Stones)

29 Nov
I have an obsession.
(one of many).
 

It may seem random but it’s mine: Cobblestone Streets. There’s no doubt about it – I LOVE cobblestone streets. I love their uneven nature, their disproportionate looks, their splashes of color (even if faded by time), their romantic European charm and, most importantly, the fact that no single stone is the same.

Ever wonder where cobble stone streets came from? The thought occurred to me while spending the day in Soho, NYC this past Thanksgiving break:

According to our “trusty” source, Wikipedia, the word “cobblestone” is “derived from the very old English word ‘cob,'” which can mean “rounded lump.” Doesn’t sound terribly attractive, but, ironically enough, many cobblestone streets are some of the world’s most picturesque locations. Take a look:

Gamla stan, Stockholm – Sweden (source)

Boston, MA (Source)

St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall – UK, photo  (that’s me in the green!)

Historically, cobblestone streets date back to the Roman empire and stretched all the way into the 19th century where they were reduced to a standard size of 4 inches – not for the comfort of humans but, instead, for the increased comfort of horses (so let’s not flatter ourselves). It was later in the 19th century, for the purpose of better drainage and with the invention of the car, that most remaining cobblestone streets were sadly paved over with asphalt. However, as with anything in life, the less there is of something – the more valuable it is. So, this Thanksgiving, while walking through Soho’s many alleyways, I was thankful for cobblestone streets. And, despite the fact that they may have been made for the convenience of horses – my love for them remains in tact.

Soho. NYC. Photo taken by me.

Till the next History lesson…

Sources: eHow, SharingTravelExperiences, Wikipedia

Castleography: Intro 1

9 Sep

The other day, while doing my random daily internet browsing, I happened upon two great articles on ephotozine.com & Photographymad.com. They each offer a nice concise guide and some nifty tips on how to photograph castles, from capturing minute details on gargoyles to covering grand castle landscapes.

Check them out:

And just cuz I’m a Merlin fan: the castle they use for the show is downright breathtaking: “château de pierrefonds.” I’ll have to do an analysis of how castles are filmed in shows like this…but that is, of course, for another blog post.

More cool photos of the château at: http://www.pbase.com/ericdeparis/chateau_de_pierrefonds (photographer: Eric Pouhier)

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