Weekly Roundup of History, Archaeology and Writing Wisdom Nov 1-7

Hell with the Lid Blown Off CaseyI’m a fan of Donis Casey’s mysteries set in Oklahoma before WWI (although that cloud is encroaching in the current book under way, I hear) and I enjoyed this interview with her on Barbara Fass Leavy’s website. Click here 


From 2,000 yr old seeds found in a pottery jar on Massada, an extinct palm tree comes to life. Quite a rejuvenating tale Click here 


dayoffire_sm2I just started reading A Day of Fire, a collection of stories about Pompeii written by an impressive group of historical writers, Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Sophie Perinot, Ben Kane, E. Knight and Vicky Shecter. I enjoyed this review on For Winter Nights Blog. I’m not surprised by the good press it’s getting. It’s captured me. Click here



I live in the desert and I love to watch the drama of my backyard critters—quail, giant lizards, hummingbirds and tarantula hawks. But Melissa Crytzer Fry catches the real desert wildlife drama and the sky scapes. Click thru for amazing photos. 

83px-Pinkie_by_Thomas_Lawrence_(3051046057) Because my father was a scholar at the Huntington Library, I often had lunch with him there and then we’d walk through the gardens or galleries, wherever we chose before the tourists were let in. This post by Debra Brown discusses two of my favorite paintings from those days, Pinkie and Blue Boy. I have to confess, being a little girl, I usually preferred going to feed the carp in the Japanese garden to seeing the paintings. Click here.

The archaeology of daily life in the Great War. Excavating the front and secondary lines in France. Finds include a bear skull (apparently a hunting trophy) and a small dog sculpture. Hygiene and clothing. Click here

120px-Paros_Andiparos_Despotiko_Luftbild_01The Greek Cyclades island of Despotiko will become an open air museum like Delos. The temple of Apollo is the most impressive of the ruins. The island has been excavated for 17 yrs. This photo from Wikimedia shows the geography a bit with Paros, Antiparos and Despotiko (smallest) in the photo. It’s located in the middle of the Cyclades islands. Paros I explored extensively in college, but I’ve never been to Despotiko which is uninhabited and I gather from the article has been closed until recently while the dig was underway. Click here


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