Tag Archives: archaeology

Museum Tourist: Neues Museum

One of the main attractions in Berlin is the Museumsinsel (Museum Island) in the center of town. It’s about halfway between the Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz, two landmarks of the former East Germany. The island includes the Pergamon Museum, which … Continue reading

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Wine Got to France Early

I first learned what amphoras were from the pages of Asterix comic books. Ok, most of what I know about the ancient world comes from those books. If you don’t know Asterix the Gaul, you are missing out–he’s the hero … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Musée Saint-Raymond

People have been living in Toulouse for thousands of years. To learn about the slice of that history from a bit before the year 1 to a few hundred years after, I heartily recommend a stop at the Musée Saint-Raymond, … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Museu d’Història de la Ciutat de Barcelona

Barcelona’s City History Museum is in a former royal palace. There’s a pretty chapel and a big fancy gothic room, which is fine if that’s what you’re into. Oh! I just read in the guidebook that the room is where … Continue reading

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museum tourist: yarn edition

From the British Museum in London, I bring you a lady spinning fleece into yarn: The label says it was made in Athens around 490 BC. Some people who make their own yarn still spin this way, with a drop … Continue reading

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park tourist: patuxent river park

Today I went on an outing of the D.C. Science Writers Association to Patuxent River Park – a local park along the Patuxent River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. We got a little archaeology tour and a boat trip. … Continue reading

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latin + diving = one career path

In the summer of 1998, I spent a few weeks traveling around Turkey with my mom. It’s really easy traveling in Turkey – the intercity bus system is very reliable. Western Turkey is full of ancient Greek ruins, and my … Continue reading

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the romans loved their fish

On Friday I finally made it down to the National Gallery to see the Pompeii exhibit. I visited Pompeii in the summer of 1998, and it was really cool – lots of halfway-standing houses to run around in – but … Continue reading

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romans and persians and greeks, oh my!

It’s always so satisfying to ask smart people stupid questions. I wrote a story recently about some archaeology along the west coast of Turkey, and the editor asked me some stuff I didn’t know. So tonight I called the researcher … Continue reading

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very bright lights

I blogged again! This one is about using synchrotrons to look at ancient things. A synchrotron is a really bright x-ray machine the size of a football field. If you point it at a bug in amber or an ancient … Continue reading

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