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The terror of technology...
This has been a week of technology. We are, the media tells
us, on the brink of a robotics revolution (N.B. this does not preclude the
possibility of other revolutions happening as well. Just saying...). A robotics
revolution that will bring change to the h...

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Archaeology volunteering v.2.0
( Over the last few months
I've read an awful lot about volunteering in the archaeological sector. A lot
of it has been interesting, but almost all of it has been written from an archaeologists
perspective. It has also dealt with what you might call 'tradit...

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Archaeology volunteering v.2.0
( Over the last few
months I've read an awful lot about volunteering in the archaeological sector.
A lot of it has been interesting, but almost all of it has been written from an
archaeologists perspective. It has also dealt with what you might call 'tradit...

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Dead Saxons on your doorstep: the archaeology of the personal...
There is the moment. The few seconds that drag out to last a
thousand years, and in which time piles up against the gates of reality. Held
there. It is 'the' moment. The moment you are standing in a muddy field, up to
your knees in brown slime, with the inc...

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Why Witch Marks aren't just for Halloween...
So all the signals are telling me that Halloween must be
fast approaching. How can I tell, you might well ask? Is it the sudden
proliferation of bright orange and totally inedible pumpkins wherever you look?
Perhaps it's the sudden filling of every availabl...

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Where is all the smut? The tricky questions about medieval graffiti...
So I'm standing before the audience, lecture over, trying to
answer the questions posed by the audience. Some are brilliant questions -
things that hadn't even occurred to me. Others are more expected. The questions
that get asked almost every time. So comm...

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The top 10 things I really hate about church top 10s...
There has been an article doing the rounds on the internet
recently. An article written by a guy who spends a lot of time looking at
medieval churches. A guy who is considered by some as a bit of a bright spark;
a leading light as it were. The article, set ...

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Waking the dead: peering up the bum-hole of the past...
Last week I went to a museum. No great surprise there
really. I go to a lot of museums, and perhaps surprisingly not always for the
cafe and gift shop - although I'll admit to buying a book. Again. In many
respects it was a museum much like any other county...

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Shattered and broken: the ungodly in the house of God...
The news these days seems just so full of horror. So full of
terror, death and destruction. The temptation is to simply give up reading it
at all. To close your eyes and your mind to the deliberate acts of wilful
hatred, in the hope that they will simply go...

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Phantoms in the sky, and fear on the walls...
If you want to take a decent photograph of the west front of
a medieval abbey, priory or cathedral then the only time to do it is on a long
summers evening. When the sun dips low, shines directly onto the stone face of
the building, chasing away all the obl...
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