To ordinary people, the highlight of a trip to Rome might be the monumental architecture, delicious food or amazing coffee. To me, the best bit was standing in a crypt decorated by gruesome sculptures made from around 4,000 skeletons. Don’t get me wrong; the coffee was also great, but nothing appeals more to the inner archaeologist, and makes you question the role of religion, than church-sanctioned monuments of human bone.
This week’s post is written as part of the Blogging Archaeology Carnival. This archaeology-wide blogging carnival is the brainchild of Doug’s Archaeology and has been highly successful in bringing bloggers together. The format consists of a monthly question to address, with January’s question being:
What are your best (or if you want your worst) post(s) and why? Compare and contrast your different bests/worsts.
So I am on a predictably overcrowded Sunday train headed back to the metropolis of happiness known as Reading. Now, sarcasm can be difficult to get across in writing, but I’ll leave it up to you to judge that sentence accordingly. Whilst recent blog posts have dwelt on death and destruction, such as our considerations of weapons and armour, I wish to look at something a little bit different this week. You might say that my choice of shiny and easy-on-the-eye objects is on account of my hangover, but I, of course, couldn’t comment.
Before I got distracted with that Christmas thing, I planned on writing a follow up to my post on Anglo-Saxon armour; this time with an emphasis on weaponry. My discussion of armour last time raised a key issue – it is very rare. Weapons, on the other hand, are far more abundant, and offer a more tangible source of evidence.