Monthly Archives: January 2016

Trapezoids in ancient Babylon and at Stonehenge

I was fascinated to learn that, according to Professor Mathieu Ossendrijver from the Humboldt University of Berlin, ancient Babylonian astronomers were using sophisticated geometric techniques to track the path of the planet Jupiter across the sky, 1,400 years before this … Continue reading

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Appearing on Ancient Aliens?

In a former incarnation as an archaeologist, I contributed to and sometimes appeared in documentary series such as Past Finders, Secrets of the Dead, Meet the Ancestors and Time Team, while I also dealt with the world’s media when I … Continue reading

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“All Hail the Black Knight!” – In Loving and Respectful Memory of Geoff Winship

Yesterday evening, I was enormously saddened to learn of the death of Geoff Winship, a man who had been known internationally as “The Black Knight” on account of the role he played in the world’s only touring mediaeval jousting tournament, … Continue reading

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Blake’s Jerusalem and the Purported Myth of Jesus in Britain

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Marcus Aurelius. I had long ago come to believe that it was impossible for me to be surprised any more by how … Continue reading

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A Song for David Bowie

Oh hear this, David Jones I wrote a song for you It’s one of yours with different words – It’s the best that I can do. I want to sing your praises And to do so from the heart My … Continue reading

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One of the gifts I was fortunate enough to receive for Christmas in 2015 was this handsome volume of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, from my son Jack. In addition, I have two volumes of the Game of Thrones … Continue reading

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