History fan, bit of an obsession with Celts, Mongols, Vikings and dinosaurs. I love video games and RPG. Also love metal, especially Folk. Hmm, that's about it, I guess.

 

archaicwonder:

Roman Tinned Copper Cavalry Parade Helmet, c. Late 2nd-Early 3rd century AD

Formed of hammered sheet, with arching crest terminating in a beaked griffin’s head, its talons holding a Medusa mask in front, the griffin’s body tapering to a dolphin-like tail, each side decorated in high relief with a capricorn with griffin-like head and coiled tail, the three creatures with rivets for ears (now missing), with continuous flanged rim to protect the wearer’s brow and ears, the rim decorated with friezes of punched circles and dots, two rivets at the front of the brow-guard with remains of a hinge inside for a face-mask attachment.

iheartjurassicpark:

British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.

He died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son told BBC News.

Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director.

In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two prisoner of war thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park.

As a director he was perhaps best known for Gandhi, which won two Oscars.

Lord Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years, BBC arts editor Will Gompertz said.

He had also been in a wheelchair since falling down stairs 6 years ago, our correspondent added.

His family is expected to make a full statement tomorrow.

RIP Richard Attenborough.

"Welcome to Jurassic Park."

Anonymous asked
Hey! I've just seen the "Call Me Maybe" cover video in old english and I was wondering if you know why old english is so different from modern english. Because I have studied spanish literature and, for example, the "Mío Cid" is written in old spanish (12th century) and it has its differences with modern spanish but it is understandable. Thank you! Love your blog!

mediumaevum:

In short - all languages evolved through centuries, but perhaps none as much as English. The language people spoke on The Islands was shaped by people who “visited” them. And by visited I mean invaded. First wave brought Jutes, Angles and Saxons who brought Germanic influences. Combine them, and you get Old English. Then the Vikings came, later Normans, this time bringing French influences, and word by word, the language was shaped into what we can read in, for example, Shakespeare. This is the first point when we could go back in time and, without many difficulties, understand the language.

And thanks for writing!

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Hex

The Second Battle of Mag Tuired

pavigetslaid:

Part of: Irish mythology
Result: Decisive Tuatha Dé Danann victory, retreat of the Fomorians
Belligerents: Tuatha Dé Danann
Led by: Nuada, Lugh
Versus: Fomorians, led by Balor, Bres

The Second Battle of Mag Tuiredoccurred due to a dispute over the kingship of the Tuatha Dé Danann. The major factions in the battle were the Tuatha Dé Danann, led by the reinstated Nuada, and the Fomorians, led by the deposed Bres.

Background

In the aftermath of the First Battle of Mag Tuired, Bres, half-Fomorian (on his father’s side) and half-Tuatha Dé Danann (on his mother’s side), was elected High King of the Tuatha Dé Danann because the previous king Nuada had lost his hand during the battle and only an “unblemished” man could rule as High King.

However, Bres favoured his Fomorian kin and neglected his duties, forcing the Tuatha Dé Danann to work for the Fomorians. Duan Cecht, the physician god, replaced Nuada’s hand and the Tuatha Dé Danann exiled Bres, re-electing Nuada.

Bres went to his father Elatha for aid but was denied. He then went to Balor of the Evil Eye, another Fomorian leader, and successful in gaining aid, planned to lead the Fomorians against the Tuatha Dé Danann.

Lugh, half-Fomorian and half-Tuatha Dé Danann (and grandson of Balor), arrived at the court of Nuada, and proving his talent, was given command of the Tuatha Dé Danann army.

Battle and Aftermath

Balor used his eye to destroy the armies of the Tuatha Dé Danann, killing Nuada, but Lugh used a sling to knock the eye into the back of Balor’s head, thus wreaking havoc on the Fomorian army. The Tuatha Dé Danann turned the tide and caused the Fomorians to flee, abandoning Bres, who having been found on the field by Lugh, was spared in order to teach the Tuatha Dé Danann about farming. Thus, the Tuatha Dé Danann cemented their rule over Ireland and freed themselves from Fomorian oppression.

Heddy Lamarr, Ahead of Her Time

historical-nonfiction:

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In 1941, together with co-inventor George Antheil, she submitted her secret radio-guided torpedo system which allowed a torpedo to switch (or hop) between 88 different frequencies, making it virtually impossible for the enemy to track and detect the incoming torpedo. 

The system was so advanced the US Navy said it was unworkable and poured scorn on the explanation that certain parts of it worked like the fundamental mechanism of a player piano. Technology did eventually catch up and in 1962 Hedy Lamarr’s system was finally put in place by the Navy.

The Other Neanderthal

archaeologicalnews:

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We don’t know what the Denisovan looked like. We don’t know how it lived, what tools it used, how tall it was, what it ate, or if it buried its dead.

But from only two teeth and a piece of finger bone smaller than a penny, we’ve been able to extract the rich history of a species that split off from Homo sapiens approximately 600,000 years ago. We know they’re more closely related to Neanderthals than humans—though still distantly. We know they made their way to Southeast Asian islands, interbreeding with indigenous modern human groups in New Guinea and Australia. We know their interspecies mingling with modern humans in mainland Asia was brief, but enough to impart a few genes. And we know Denisovan genes reveal evidence of interbreeding with Neanderthals and an even more archaic hominid species.

It’s the first human cousin species identified with more than fossil records. Instead, scientists used the DNA it left behind. There’s now a mystery on our hands: Who were the Denisovans, and where did they go? Read more.

mediumaevum:

Medieval Hair Care
So that hair might grow wherever you wish. Take barley bread with the crust, and grind it with salt and bear fat. But first burn the barley bread. With this mixture anoint the place and the hair will grow.
Cook down dregs of white wine with honey to the consistency of a cerotum and anoint the hair, if you wish it to be golden. 
If the woman wishes to have long and black hair, take a green lizard and, having removed its head and tail , cook it in common oil. Anoint the head with this oil. It makes the hair long and black.
If, needed, you wish to have hair soft and smooth and fine, wash it often with hot water in which there is powder of natron [Native hydrous sodium carbonate] and vetch.
Take some dried roses, clove, nutmeg, watercress and galangal. Let all these, powdered, be mixed with rose water. With this water let her sprinkle her hair and comb it with a comb dipped in this same water so that [her hair] will smell better. And let her make furrows in her hair and sprinkle on the above-mentioned powder, and it will smell marvelously.
("De Ornatu Mulierum /On Women’s Cosmetics." in The Trotula : A Medieval Compendium of Women’s Medicine (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2001))
image: Lorenzo Costa, Portrait of a Woman

mediumaevum:

Medieval Hair Care

  • So that hair might grow wherever you wish. Take barley bread with the crust, and grind it with salt and bear fat. But first burn the barley bread. With this mixture anoint the place and the hair will grow.
  • Cook down dregs of white wine with honey to the consistency of a cerotum and anoint the hair, if you wish it to be golden
  • If the woman wishes to have long and black hair, take a green lizard and, having removed its head and tail , cook it in common oil. Anoint the head with this oil. It makes the hair long and black.
  • If, needed, you wish to have hair soft and smooth and fine, wash it often with hot water in which there is powder of natron [Native hydrous sodium carbonate] and vetch.
  • Take some dried roses, clove, nutmeg, watercress and galangal. Let all these, powdered, be mixed with rose water. With this water let her sprinkle her hair and comb it with a comb dipped in this same water so that [her hair] will smell better. And let her make furrows in her hair and sprinkle on the above-mentioned powder, and it will smell marvelously.

("De Ornatu Mulierum /On Women’s Cosmetics." in The Trotula : A Medieval Compendium of Women’s Medicine (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2001))

image: Lorenzo Costa, Portrait of a Woman

bayoread:

slimydad:

aztec420:

FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

how does something this small even exist? is this a pig molecule? i need to lay down a while

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