The World is Spinning: some folklore and history of spinning and weaving

Before cloth was made on looms and spinning wheels were made redundant by machines which spin hundreds of metres of thread in a day, all thread and cloth had to be made by hand.

Archaeologically, the first understanding of twisting fibres to make thread is thought to be from using a rock to weight the end of the fibres so they could be rolled together.  The rock developed into a spindle, a weighted stick which the user could spin and allow gravity and the weight to help spin the fibres together.

Ths innovation spread across the ancient world, with the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all placing a high importance on spinning.

In Egypt, the goddess Neith was responsible for war and weaving (especially linen used for mummy wrappings).  Her identifying headdress was that of a weaving shuttle:

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Street View: Bronze Age style

Looking at an archaeological site and interpreting it can sometimes be tough, even for the professionals.  It’s not so bad if your site happens to look like this:

Ness of Brodgar

Ness of Brodgar

But a little more challenging if it looks like this:

Roundhouse under Excavation,  Home Farm Development, Cranfield

Roundhouse under Excavation, Home Farm Development, Cranfield

If you’ve ever been to a dig site, and your archaeological guide has pointed to a patch of dirt and said ‘that, right there is the most exciting thing we’ve ever found, it revolutionises the way we look at this period’ and you’ve been baffled, don’t worry, it happens to the best of us 😉

However help is on the horizon: there’s a new programme which could help everyone currently being developed for a Bronze Age site in Cyprus.  The programme is called KAD-AR, and it should turn your smartphone into a viewer for the past.  The developers are hoping that a user can point their phone at archaeological remains and see the original on their screen.  It would also volunteer archaeological information about the interpretation of the site and any notable finds made within the area.

You can read more about it HERE

What do you think?  Would you like to see a smartphone app for archaeological sites in Britain which help you understand the site, allowing you to see what the site would have looked like?  What considerations would you want for  sites that you consider sacred?

A walk on Stanton Moor

Hello lovely peeps, a couple of days ago your webteam got let out and decided to go for a walk across Stanton Moor to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle.  Usually there is sight of at least one other human being at the site itself, which is seperated from the moor by a grove of trees. However, we saw only a couple of walkers on the moor itself, the circle was lovely and peaceful in the lunchtime December sunshine.   As y’all didn’t go with us, here are a few piccies showing the seasons turn towards the cold.  As usual, you can clicky to embiggen any of the pictures below.

Firstly, we passed the cork stone:
cork stone

Crossing over the moor:

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Pictures of Colourful Things

It’s been rather sunny of late.  And there have been flowers.  And I have a camera built into my phone, which I usually have with me.  This combination of factors means that I tend to be taking lots of pictures of colourful things in the sunshine, because I’m shallow like that.

As well, it’s currently bluebell season.  Bluebells being my all-time favourite flower, they do end up featuring quite prominently in my piccies.

Here are some more springy-summery pics for you; hope you like them.  (These were taken with a mere 5-megapixel camera, so they might look a bit oil-painting-y if you zoom in.  It’s the camera trying to even out the jaggedy, low-resolution bits.)