suzythered

archaicwonder:

The Scottish Declaration of Independence, April 6th 1320

The Declaration of Arbroath was made in the form of a letter, composed in Latin and submitted to Pope John XXII in the year of 1320. Its purpose was to get the pope to acknowledge Robert the Bruce as the country’s lawful king, to assert Scotland’s status as an independent, sovereign state and to defend Scotland’s right to use military force when unjustly attacked. It was most likely drafted in the scriptorium of Arbroath Abbey by Abbot Bernard on behalf of the nobles and barons of Scotland. Eight earls and about forty barons attached their seals to the Declaration. The following is one of its most popular excerpts:

"As long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours, that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."

The Declaration of Arbroath represents the founding of the Scottish nation and it has been credited as being part of the inspiration for the American Declaration of Independence.

Photos and info about each Individual seal…

PDF transcript and translation of the Declaration of Arbroath…

mcgrlabroad

mcgrlabroad:

There is a lot of imagery in the St Magnus Cathedral -

1. The far end of the church is dedicated to the founder, St Rognvald (the guy on the right). The one of the left is his father, Kol Kalisson. Sitting on the table is a copy of the Bible and a viking war ship, two items I never thought would make sense together.

2. Family crests line the walls of the first floor, signaling a burial of some of Orkney’s finest. Angel heads (not entire angels, just the heads and the wings) are also a big deal around the structure. On the outside two gargoyles (not entire gargoyles just the heads and maybe a hand) can be seen perching on a spire.

3. Skulls and crossbones are everywhere. Every gravestone has at least one. The Orcadians were a very morbid group. This particular one is a favorite of mine.

4. The cathedral is the home of a fantastic statue of St Olaf, who kept the original kirk of Orkney, and is probably the church Kirkwall is named after. This is not the full statue of course, and after a half hour of searching I have no idea what this crowned bird guy is.

brushstrokesandshutterclicks
brushstrokesandshutterclicks:

The Corryvreckan revealing itself quite well - Corryvreckan (from the Gaelic Coire Bhreacain meaning “cauldron of the speckled seas” or “cauldron of the plaid” which is a beautiful description. Gaelic is a lyrical and rich language which I have tried to learn, without much success so far. 
The Corryvreckan lies between the isles of Jura and Scarba off the coast of Argyll. 

brushstrokesandshutterclicks:

The Corryvreckan revealing itself quite well - Corryvreckan (from the Gaelic Coire Bhreacain meaning “cauldron of the speckled seas” or “cauldron of the plaid” which is a beautiful description. Gaelic is a lyrical and rich language which I have tried to learn, without much success so far. 

The Corryvreckan lies between the isles of Jura and Scarba off the coast of Argyll. 

mcgrlabroad

mcgrlabroad:

Today was especially rainy, so although I was able to hang out at a coffee shop and get put money on my burner phone nothing much else happened.

I did find out today that while the town Co-Op does not carry the official Doctor Who magazine, they do have a children’s Doctor Who Adventures mag for children that includes little toys. Last month for five pounds children (and me) could put together a small time machine and a sonic screwdriver. Of course I’ll be getting the new toys as soon as the September issue hits shelves.

"But Rachael," you ask, "Why are you purchasing something meant for kids?"

"I’m sorry," I reply, "I can’t hear you over the fact that the set came with a key that you have to use to get into the magnetically locked tiny police box."

A Dr Who fan! I’m of an age where I saw the series start for it’s only planned series, the first broadcast being the day after President Kennedy was assassinated. And now it’s still being shown, with a Scots Doctor too. It’s not been in Orkney yet, though. mcgrlabroad
suzythered

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CAIRO: Tourism and Antiquities Police (TAA) foiled an unprecedented attempt to loot an archaeological site where the would-be thieves dove into the Nile River and began to dig a tunnel underneath the adjacent site of Houd Zelikha, south of Giza, TAA investigation department head Maj. Gen….

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paperflight:

What a magnificent, magnificent man. Long live Brian Blessed! For anyone wanting to see the whole interview, you can watch it here on YouTube.

I always suspected Brian Blessed was awesome.

This man has punched a polar bear in the face and blessed us with The Throwing War.

I NEVER DO

He also boxed with the Dalai Lama

AND HELPED FLASH GORDON DEFEAT MING THE MERCILESS :D

peedieblogger

peedieblogger:

The Cairns 2014 - Structure B:

Structure B complex partially overlays the top of Structure A which is the broch. Structure B is currently the most modern structure on site but has been change and remodeled over time. The hearth is also the longest yet found on site, and archaeomagnetic dates put the last use of the hearth around the cusp of Viking arrival in Orkney. There has been many small finds in this structure including pottery, stone tools, gaming counter but the most unusual find is undoubtedly ‘Windwick Wullie’. 

The photos above show the excavation of the hearth in Structure B, the sections have attempted to get a good vertical stratigraphy for the feature and hopefully some useful materials for further analysis.

peedieblogger

peedieblogger:

The Cairns 2014 - Structures F/H:

Structure H seems to at least partially overlay the entrance to Structure F, the souterrain. The souterrain was constructed after the broch was disused and filled in with rubble, but it appears to makes use of the old broch’s entrance passage to form the chamber of this souterrain. 

 

The photos are showing the excavation at various stages. Photo one is about half way through sampling Structure H floor surface which was a patchy clay worn away in certain places. We used ‘checkerboard' sampling.

We left the hearth sections in when we started working on Structure F. Structure F keeps getting more and more exciting but also more surprising. We didn’t expect the rubble on the right of photo 3. Sadly we had to leave it as seen, we’re very excited to get back to it next year and have already made plans.