Klaus Störtebeker (1360 - 1401), was a leader and the best known representative of a companionship of privateers known as the Victual Brothers who were originally hired during a war between Denmark and Sweden to fight the Danish and supply the besieged Swedish capital Stockholm with provisions.
After the end of the war, the Victual Brothers continued to capture merchant vessels for their own account and named themselves “Likedeelers” (literally: equal sharers).
image: Skull alleged to have belonged to Störtebeker, found in 1878
A glove to find your way in 19th-century London
This amazing artifact came by in my Twitter feed today and it is too special not to share. It is a glove that was purchased in 1851 as a tourist souvenir at London’s Great Exhibition, which was attended by a variety of famous individuals, from Charles Darwin to Charlotte Brontë. The leather glove is special because it contains a map that shows the routes to Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, which was the main staging area for the exhibition. It appears to be made for a child, perhaps in case he lost his parents in the crowds. The glove is one of a variety of maps that was produced for the many visitors to the city. Another is this wonderful folding specimen printed on silk, which shows a great amount of detail (check out the enlargements). London in the palm of your hand: a functional memento from the time that the tourist industry was beginning to boom.
Pic: Kew, The National Archives, EXT 11/159 (c. 1851). This the source of the image; here and here is more information on the glove (the latter webpage, from the archive that keeps the artifact, suggests it was a kid’s glove). The glove features on various blogs, such as this one; I saw it in this tweet today.
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If you’re in this field you have to have a sense of humour because we study some weird shit.
—My prof, explaining why he used a picture of David Hasselhoff in the PowerPoint for our lecture (via candiedeyesnow)
“The mummy is only 18 centimeters long. Experts believe that the mummy may have been a premature birth, as they suspect that he or she is a fetus that gestated for six to seven months. RPP reports that the mummy could also have been offered as a sacrifice. The sex of the small mummy has not been determined.”
College of DuPage Field School Opportunity [link]
The archaeology faculty and staff of College of DuPage and Masaryk University (Brno) invite you to join our joint excavations at this exceptional site in the southeastern corner of the Czech Republic. Located near Breclav, just one km north of the Austrian border, 65 km southeast of Brno, and approximately 80 km northwest of Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Pohansko straddles major communication and transportation routes into Moravia and hence access through central Europe and into the Baltic. This route, known in earlier times as the Amber Road, served as a main avenue of communication and trade from the classical world to Germanic and Slavic peoples of the north.
This year teams of Czech and American students will continue a combined sequence of excavations adjacent to the main portion of the site in order to further assess the range of activities and social statuses present in this important center. A variety of methods will be taught, including excavation procedures, mapping using laser levels and total stations (laser theodolites supported by onboard computers), flotation, feature excavation, field photography, and materials recording. A possibility exists that a series of well-preserved, extended burials may also be encountered associated with domestic structures. These will excavated and subjected to preliminary forensic analysis at the research station pending remaining excavation time and the condition of the remains. It is important to note, though, that no one can predict exactly what will be encountered so some variation in precisely what occurs is likely.