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Cathy Raymond
Attended St. Pius X High School, Pottstown, PA
Lives in Malvern, PA
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Where Does The Needle Point?
World's Oldest Needle.  (Pictures:  Russia 24, Vesti) From The Siberian Times today comes a dramatic discovery:  a 50,000 bone needle that is 7 cm (about 2 3/4 inches) long, that was recently found in a cave in the Altai Mountains in Siberia. In one way, th...
World's Oldest Needle. (Pictures: Russia 24, Vesti) From The Siberian Times today comes a dramatic discovery: a 50,000 bone needle that is 7 cm (about 2 3/4 inches) long, that was recently found in a cave in the Altai Moun...
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Historical Tidbits
A while ago now, I found an interesting book on the Casemate Academic (formerly David Brown Book Company) website.  Casemate is the American affiliate of Oxbow Books, which sells many wonderful books relating to archaeological research, including archaeolog...
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My results from a survey by Quantic Foundry, which attempts to ascertain  board gaming styles and preferences.
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Regular readers of this blog know that I've posted several lists of "one afternoon tutorials"--projects which can be completed in a single afternoon by people with different skill levels and yet generate wearable items, or other kinds of useful items that c...
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Move over, homo sap. Tool use isn't as unique to us as we once thought. (Or is this article evidence of uplift?)
How non-human archaeology revealed ancient evidence of monkey tool-use.
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And here's still more evidence of the antiquity of board gaming, this time from Turkey: 
Some things are as old as civilization as we know it: agriculture, government, written language, a reverence for cats, and gaming. As further proof of that last one, Turkish archeologists have unea…
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A Tale of Three Tutorials
Last month, I talked about how historical costuming tutorials posted to the Internet may vary greatly in the degree of authenticity they may provide. By chance, a few days after that post was written I found a perfect illustration of the point I was trying ...
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A "Square" Meal?
One MealSquare (photo from the MealSquares.com website) A few months ago I wrote about Soylent , the liquid meal substitute.  I was not impressed by it, either in concept or with regard to what I read about consuming it as a sensual experience. A few nights...
One MealSquare (photo from the MealSquares.com website) A few months ago I wrote about Soylent, the liquid meal substitute. I was not impressed by it, either in concept or with regard to what I read about consuming it as a s...
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For those of my readers who are Fallen London fans.

Today I found the attached article about a Neolithic period archaeological discovery in Jutland. The discovery is of a stone-lined Well with SEVEN black stone-lined around it, in which, archaeologists believe, crushed human bones were burned. Bone fragments were also found INSIDE the Well. DNA testing is planned to learn more.

Anyone familiar with Fallen London will recall the mysterious character of Mr. Eaten, and his association with a well, and with the number 7.
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The Oldest Comfort Food
A few days ago, a friend posted this article from the American Schools of Oriental Research blog on Google Plus.  The article explains in some detail how we know what we know about the food cooked by the inhabitants of ancient ( e.g., Biblical period) Israe...
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There goes the premise of Robert Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax trilogy.
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Senet is not the only ancient period board game, apparently.
It includes a 14-face die carved from an animal tooth, 21 rectangular game pieces featuring painted numbers, and a broken tile that once made up part of the game board.
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Attorney-at-law
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Malvern, PA
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Pottstown, PA - Jamaica, NY - Erie, PA - Villanova, PA - Rosemont, PA
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Just a lawyer, nothing to see here either....
Introduction
I'm married to the Eric S. Raymond who's responsible for "The New Hacker's Dictionary," "The Cathedral and the Bazaar," and other works of intellectual mayhem.  I'm a lawyer by profession, but my real loves are medieval history and historic costume, and have been since adolescence. I've come from machine sewing polyester t-tunics to handsewing period-documentable designs in pure wool and linen. Maybe I'll get into historical reenactment when I finally retire from law.
Bragging rights
Hand sewed an entire Viking era outfit (other than the shoes) from the skin out.
Education
  • St. Pius X High School, Pottstown, PA
    1973 - 1977
  • Villanova University
    B.S. Economics, 1977 - 1981
  • St. John's University
    School of Law, 1981 - 1984
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Female
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Catherine C. Olanich, Catherine Olanich Raymond