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Archaeology gripes

Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:09 pm by mckay1402

My main interests are ancient, classical and pre Roman British history. I am a big fan of Mesopotamian cultures and classical Greek cultures as well as Celtic and preceltic cultures in Britain.

One thing I find is that Archaeologists will assume that every find is for ritual or religious purposes. This really gets on my nerves when they are talking about Neolithic peoples for whom there is …

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The invention of gods

Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:54 pm by Mutatis_Mutandis

The Roman emperor Julianius became famous (or even notorious) for turning his back in Christianity and attempting to restore paganism. But as historians observed, Julianius could not turn the clock back: Instead he had to re-invent paganism as a consistent religion with established doctrines, something it had never been. Ancient Roman theological doctrines were flexible and syncretic, easily …

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Should there be more focus on Ancient History?

Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:02 pm by mckay1402

I remember when I was at school I learnt a bit about Rome and maybe touched on Egypt but there was no room in the sylabus for the Hittites, Babylon, etc. To me these civilisations are equally as important as Rome and Egypt and should be given more air time.

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