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Subject: Gladiators?
Date Posted: 6/8/2010 5:07 PM ET
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This is a very interesting article!

From the article -

LONDON ? Dozens of headless skeletons excavated from a northern English building site appear to be the remains of Roman gladiators, one of whom had bites from a lion, tiger, bear or other large animal, archaeologists said Monday.

The rest is here -

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100608/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_gladiators__graveyard

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 6:55 PM ET
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I saw that too.  Isn't that amazing?

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 10:15 PM ET
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Very interesting and very sad!

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 7:22 AM ET
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 I would love to be examining those skeletons, and arguing with the other anthropologists!  I hope to see the documentary on this find.  It's amazing!

And to think, I got married instead of going for my PhD in forensic anthropology.  Crap!  I have a lovely daughter, but that's the only good thing that came out of that particular decision

What grinds me even more: at the time I got my degree, (B.Sc. in physical anthro) you could skip the Masters program and go directly into the doctorate program.  If I could only go back in time and talk to my 21-year-old self!

 

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 8:12 AM ET
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If I could only go back in time and talk to my 21-year-old self!

Me too. Although I'd have to downgrade to age 19. surprise

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 10:58 AM ET
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I wanted to be an archaeologist, ever since I first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark at the tender age of 6. I took the classes through college and then.....I was burned out by the time I graduated. Didn't even want to THINK about a master's or even the field work involved. So I got a job in a factory and now I work in a library. Even the thought of "studying" still makes me all twitchy.

So I have a garden and a metal detector to get my digging in the dirt jollies. Found a nifty 19th c. buckle on the old school playground once, along with about $10 in quarters from careless children over the years. LOL

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 12:25 PM ET
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Utterly fascinating.

Moments like this are when I bemoan how short a known history we have in the States--particularly west of the Appalachains.  Here in the midwest, our town histories go back to 1820/30 at earliest.  Rather dull, for the most part.

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 2:13 PM ET
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Moments like this are when I bemoan how short a known history we have in the States

Tell me about it. :-(

Although I'm currently watching a documentary about a team of archaeologists excavating the WWI trenches in Flanders Field and it's really fascinating. Not all interesting history must needs be in ye olde kilt, armor, or toga days. (Though it doesn't hurt!)

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 5:13 PM ET
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Karla, I can just picture you digging up your backyard. ;)

I never wanted to actually dig; I wanted to tell the archaeologists what they found.  Later.  In the lab.

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 6:15 PM ET
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Gosh, how many of us wanted to be archeologists?!  I did when I was younger too, but I figured you had to be able to draw what you found so I gave up at an early age.  I still think about every once in a while.

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 8:35 AM ET
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Vicky, I found some old matchbox cars from my childhood with the metal detector. Exciting moment. Had to be there, I guess. LOL

Lots of times it's been stuff like nails, but then there are the super cool finds like a taxi driver's badge from the 1920s, an old compact makeup case, 18th c. buttons, and old coins.

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 9:11 AM ET
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Not all interesting history must needs be in ye olde kilt, armor, or toga days. (Though it doesn't hurt!)

No, of course not.  Anything to do with any of the wars on our soil is of interest to me.  And I'm in the Chicago, and we have the Great Chicago Fire and 1893 World's Fair that are both really quite fascinating.  But they are single events, and short of deciding to do origianl research yourself, they are covered pretty quickly.

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 10:03 AM ET
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If I had my life to live over, I would, well first of all, NOT marry my first husband at age 20!  Good grief - what was I thinking.  Obviously, I was NOT thinking.

Anyway, I would go straight through college and get a doctorate in medieval/ancient history and archeology.  I have a MA in history and ABD in medieval history but it took me years to do it.  Then I would hopefully work in Europe as an historian/archeologist.

Speaking of which, a week from today, I'm off to England to be a volunteer  for two weeks at an archeological dig at Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland.  There are several Roman camps along the wall and one of them, Vindolanda, has archeological digs going on from April-September every year.  They take volunteers and experience is not required.  I applied and was accepted and will be there in a week!  If anyone wants to apply for next year's digging season, go to the website:  www.vindolanda.com    Applications open up on November 1.

 

 

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 10:30 AM ET
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That is really great, Beverly! Congrats and have a great time! Are you going to read as many books as possible about the area and time period before you go? I think there is a novel about Hadrian's Wall, by Dietrich, maybe? Anyone know? Of course, non-fiction would be better and there is plenty of that, but fiction is good to really get a sense of the place.

 

I know that I am in the minority at times people start looking back and thinking about what they would change if they could because the only thing I would change is college. I wouldn't go now! I didn't want to go then and I shouldn't have done it just because I thought I was supposed to go. I spent the year between high school and college traveling and I wish I'd used my college money to travel more. By then, my hubby would have been done doing his thing, ready to start the business he's worked at his whole life, and I would have been back to help him. I would have the exact life I have right now, a life I love, but I would have already been to the places I want to go. When my son was little, I said I'd go when he graduated high school, but now that he is so close to graduating, I don't think I'd be able to stand being so far away while he is just starting out in college.

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 8:06 PM ET
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I have read Dietrich's book Hadrian's Wall (fiction) and have passed it on via PBS.  I enjoyed it but there isn't that much about the Wall, just the characters.  There are several non-fiction books and I've read a couple.  There is also a web site called We Dig Vindolanda with lots of information about the site and the Wall.   There is also a forum with posts from volunteer diggers as well as archeologists.

I completely agree with you about not going to college - not for me but lots of people.  Too many people are pushed into going to college because they think they have to.  I have worked in academics for most of my life and college is not for everyone.  Americans are fixated on having a college degree, which leads to people paying thousands of dollars to get a bachelor's degree and then get a job that pays $10 an hour.  It is ridiculous.  I could go on for a long time about this but will stop here:)

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 8:16 PM ET
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Cool Beverly. You do realize, of course, that we expect a full report on your return. 500 word minimum, but we aren't fussy about spelling and grammar. We just want the jist of the trip and your experience.

Aren't we a great group? cheeky

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 10:37 PM ET
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Not only a full report, we want pictures too!  Have a wonderful time, this is so cool!

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 11:21 PM ET
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Thanks!  I'm taking my husband's camera but I'm no photographer.  I will have my net book with me so can send back reports.

Date Posted: 6/11/2010 7:30 AM ET
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OH, Bev that sounds so cool!  What a great summer vacation...see, I could work on a dig for a while.  Just not a career.  Anyway, I hope you have a great time...and yes, we will be waiting for your reports!