This week I am working on a rather enigmatic find known as a ‘pilgrim badge’. This particular one was found near Sleaford in Lincolnshire and dates to the 15th century. On one side we can see the crucifixion. In the centre is the crucified Jesus, and on the left is his mother, Mary, who wearsContinue reading “A Lincolnshire-made pilgrim badge?”
The perfect journey is never finished, the goal is always just across the next river, round the shoulder of the next mountain. There is always one more track to follow, one more mirage to explore. Rosita Forbes. From Red Sea to Blue Nile: a thousand miles of Ethiopia (ed. 1935) A long lane runs from the oldContinue reading “The road from Riseholme to Pachacamac”
In 2016 a hoard of 1200 post-medieval silver coins were found at Ewerby, Lincolnshire. The coins date to the 16th and 17th centuries and span the reigns of Henry VIII to Charles I. Several coins within the hoard had deep scratches on one or both sides. These scratches took the form of stars, lines, crosses,Continue reading “Incised coins AD1558-1649”
Artefacts deriving from mortuary contexts form a unique group among the vast numbers of antiquities sold on the market each year. In many cases their sale is legal. But is it ethical, especially when lives (both present and former ones) are at stake? Can dealers and buyers be sure that an object is from anContinue reading “Buying grave goods: have we reached the moral limits of the market?”
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