Support Medieval Archaeology and Art History!

  Do you like history? Are you a Francophile? Fond of architecture? Have a secret desire to be Indiana Jones? Love medieval monks like no one else? (Yeah ok, that one tends to rank a bit lower for most people.)   But, if you dig any of those things, check out “Of Monks and Men”, my crowdfunding project on Experiment.com! There are lots of details … Continue reading Support Medieval Archaeology and Art History!

Where have all the Relics Gone?

I feel like these days, relics (and relic worship) get a bad rap. Relics were an important part of medieval religion and served a variety of perfectly legitimate and reasonable roles. For one, they literally brought Christianity, as an abstract concept, down to earth. Saints were, first and foremost, people who walked and talked, lived and breathed; basically, they were people too. Everybody needs a … Continue reading Where have all the Relics Gone?

Charming 12th Century Nuns

There’s this widespread misconception that Medieval people are boring. Add to that the idea that monks and nuns are boring (especially Medieval monks and nuns). If you currently hold this belief, I am going to have to swat you with my proverbial gloves and insist on a duel. Or maybe just fisticuffs, as I’ve never really been fond of getting up before dawn. Medieval people … Continue reading Charming 12th Century Nuns

BBC America, “Copper”, and Haberdashery

Against my better judgement, I watched the season opener of BBC America’s Copper. The show is, as far as I can tell, about a rough and tumble detective named Kevin Corcoran in 1864 New York. I was wary to watch it because the commercials made it look like the BBC interpreted 19th century New York City (i.e. the biggest city/most urban area in the United … Continue reading BBC America, “Copper”, and Haberdashery

What do the Great Depression and Pieter Bruegel the Elder Have in Common?

Funny how things are sometimes. For instance, yesterday I was listening to the soundtrack to Oh Brother, Where Art Thou and up came the song “Big Rock Candy Mountain”, which is a song first recorded in 1928 by Harry McClintock. In case you’re not familiar with either soundtracks or Depression-Era folk music, the song is essentially about a hobo’s paradise, full of plentiful food, alcohol, … Continue reading What do the Great Depression and Pieter Bruegel the Elder Have in Common?

Historical Hotties: Hedy Lamarr

It’s been a while since my last installment in the “Historical Hotties” series, but while roaming across the internet yesterday, I can across my new favorite historical woman. I’m going to put aside my bias against the 20th century (it’s not history yet!). Seriously, this lady is awesome. Her name is Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler). Besides seriously considering naming my fictional first-born … Continue reading Historical Hotties: Hedy Lamarr

Archaeology in the News: I Wish the News were Better

Usually, I get really excited when archaeology makes the national or world news. (The same type of excitement I reserve for archaeology-themed TV specials and particularly well-researched historical video games and movies.) Unfortunately, the news in this case is really bad. “Archaeology is destruction” is an oft-used phrase, but it is especially tragic to learn about a site that is slowly self-destructing. I recently read … Continue reading Archaeology in the News: I Wish the News were Better