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Topic: Pompeii archaeologists uncover 'sorcerer's treasure trove'
Message: Posted by: spcarlson (May 15, 2021 09:13AM)
Here is a great historical find, lots of good images and ideas here.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49325627
Message: Posted by: reese (May 15, 2021 10:51AM)
Wow! Fascinating!
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (May 15, 2021 06:05PM)
I was wondering where I had hidden that stuff. Now I know.
Message: Posted by: PhantomStranger (May 19, 2021 07:12AM)
That little skull is fantastic
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (May 19, 2021 07:21AM)
[quote]On May 19, 2021, PhantomStranger wrote:
That little skull is fantastic [/quote]

But a bit lonely looking since he ain't got no body.
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (May 19, 2021 08:46AM)
I always get a kick out of comments like "Objects were used for rituals, archaeologists think." Someday in the future they will discover a pile of cheap (or expensive) nicknacks from somebody's 21st-century house and say they were used for rituals. "The glass candle-holder must have been used in a ritual celebrating the extinct groundhog on its feast day."
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (May 19, 2021 07:30PM)
[quote]On May 19, 2021, George Ledo wrote:
I always get a kick out of comments like "Objects were used for rituals, archaeologists think." Someday in the future they will discover a pile of cheap (or expensive) nicknacks from somebody's 21st-century house and say they were used for rituals. "The glass candle-holder must have been used in a ritual celebrating the extinct groundhog on its feast day." [/quote]

I get a kick on how much they speculate when they have no idea what some of the stuff is they dig up. Would love to hear what they think a manual can opener is a thousand years down the road.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (May 19, 2021 08:41PM)
[quote]On May 19, 2021, weepinwil wrote:
[quote]On May 19, 2021, George Ledo wrote:
I always get a kick out of comments like "Objects were used for rituals, archaeologists think." Someday in the future they will discover a pile of cheap (or expensive) nicknacks from somebody's 21st-century house and say they were used for rituals. "The glass candle-holder must have been used in a ritual celebrating the extinct groundhog on its feast day." [/quote]

I get a kick on how much they speculate when they have no idea what some of the stuff is they dig up. Would love to hear what they think a manual can opener is a thousand years down the road. [/quote]

I'm reminded of the book "Motel of the Mysteries" by David Macaulay which is an illustrated book describing archaeologists from the year 4022 excavating an old roadside motel and making these kinds of assumptions for our everyday objects. A great old book if you can find it.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (May 20, 2021 01:59PM)
[quote]On May 19, 2021, gaddy wrote:
[quote]On May 19, 2021, weepinwil wrote:
[quote]On May 19, 2021, George Ledo wrote:
I always get a kick out of comments like "Objects were used for rituals, archaeologists think." Someday in the future they will discover a pile of cheap (or expensive) nicknacks from somebody's 21st-century house and say they were used for rituals. "The glass candle-holder must have been used in a ritual celebrating the extinct groundhog on its feast day." [/quote]

I get a kick on how much they speculate when they have no idea what some of the stuff is they dig up. Would love to hear what they think a manual can opener is a thousand years down the road. [/quote]

I'm reminded of the book "Motel of the Mysteries" by David Macaulay which is an illustrated book describing archaeologists from the year 4022 excavating an old roadside motel and making these kinds of assumptions for our everyday objects. A great old book if you can find it. [/quote]

Thanks. Just found it on Amazon.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (May 21, 2021 05:05PM)
[quote]On May 19, 2021, gaddy wrote:
[quote]On May 19, 2021, weepinwil wrote:
[quote]On May 19, 2021, George Ledo wrote:
I always get a kick out of comments like "Objects were used for rituals, archaeologists think." Someday in the future they will discover a pile of cheap (or expensive) nicknacks from somebody's 21st-century house and say they were used for rituals. "The glass candle-holder must have been used in a ritual celebrating the extinct groundhog on its feast day." [/quote]

I get a kick on how much they speculate when they have no idea what some of the stuff is they dig up. Would love to hear what they think a manual can opener is a thousand years down the road. [/quote]

I'm reminded of the book "Motel of the Mysteries" by David Macaulay which is an illustrated book describing archaeologists from the year 4022 excavating an old roadside motel and making these kinds of assumptions for our everyday objects. A great old book if you can find it. [/quote]

Was a fun read. Thanks for sharing.