Monthly Archives: March 2013

Pre-Roman Bronze Figurine at the Dorset County Museum

Sometimes the smallest finds can be the most beautiful. This tiny figurine, about the size of one of my fingers, was found in Dorset and is on display at the Dorset County Museum. This little find is a further example … Continue reading

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Rise of the Gothic … the Cathedrals of Salisbury and Exeter

I happened to visit both of these stunning cathedrals over the Easter weekend. Although very different, both are triumphs of Medieval Gothic architecture. Salisbury Cathedral is in the county of Wiltshire and Exeter Cathedral in the county of Devon, both … Continue reading

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Song Ceramics: Still taking the world by storm

When first exhibited in the UK in the early 20th century, Song dynasty ceramics caused a sensation in artistic circles and sparked a revolution in studio ceramics. With their delicate glazes and pure forms, Song wares lay in stark contrast … Continue reading

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Experimental Archaeology

The village fayre or fete has long been a staple of rural life in Britain. The biannuale Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre takes place in the picturesque village of Sutton Poyntz in Dorset, south west England. Along with stalls selling homemade … Continue reading

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Dorset Archaeological Masterpieces … Iron Age Sculpture

These mysterious stone faces, larger than a human head, were carved some time before 43 CE by members of the Durotriges tribe. The Durotriges were an Iron Age tribal confederation; their territory spanned across the southern English counties of Dorset, … Continue reading

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Dorset Archaeological Masterpieces … Handaxes

I came across the above neolithic handaxe in the Dorset County Museum archive. Dorset’s chalky soil provided an abundance of flint that was ideal for making tools. It is thought that these axes would have been fitted into wooden handles … Continue reading

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Dorset Archaeology

Above is a photograph of Chalbury Hillfort in Dorset, southwest England. One of the first hillforts in Britain, Chalbury was occupied for around 2000 years the Bronze Age until the Roman period. Growing up in Dorset, I was spoilt for … Continue reading

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