Victims of Antisemitism: The Anne Frank Huis and Museum Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind

Last summer I had the opportunity to travel around Europe stopping in a number of countries. Today I will be looking at two museums I visited, the first in Amsterdam and the second in Berlin. Both museums despite being 409 miles apart due to the horrors of the Holocaust bear a similar story. The first … More Victims of Antisemitism: The Anne Frank Huis and Museum Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind

Burial Practices in Early Medieval Northern Europe

Today we are going to talk about something that my archaeology friends find fascinating, and most other humanist consider as particularly gross – the dead. Death is a key moment in anyones existence – dare I say The Most Crucial? But it can be quite a nasty and blunt topic to discuss. Nevertheless, in the … More Burial Practices in Early Medieval Northern Europe

Ideas Concerning Death in Medieval Culture and Society

The various rituals, practices, observances and perceptions of death in the Middle Ages are well worth discussion and debate. Death is and has been a present and fascinating concern for every civilization as it is one of the universal certainties of the human experience. This fascination is heightened however in Medieval European societies where death … More Ideas Concerning Death in Medieval Culture and Society

Interview with Dr. Christina Welch (1/3)

In this interview feature we will be looking at Dr. Christina Welch’s research and academic interests. Dr. Welch is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Winchester. It will chart a variety of questions detailing Welch’s background, what she does at the University and … More Interview with Dr. Christina Welch (1/3)

Jane Eyre as a historical source for Tuberculosis? Contains minor spoilers if you still haven’t read Jane Eyre!

Jane Eyre was published in 1847 by Charlotte Bronte and is perhaps one of the most celebrated works in English Literature today. This post will explore the novel Jane Eyre as a historical source, primarily during Jane’s childhood. For those readers who are unfamiliar with the novel towards the beginning Jane is an orphan living … More Jane Eyre as a historical source for Tuberculosis? Contains minor spoilers if you still haven’t read Jane Eyre!

Death and Transition Part 1: Boats and Burials

Hello everyone, and happy New Year! Hope you have a good one, and to celebrate, is an article on a couple of lectures I had the privilege of attending at the University of Winchester last year. The lecture was given by Professor Howard Williams from the University of Chester, called Death and Transition. The first was on Viking … More Death and Transition Part 1: Boats and Burials

Burial Practices in the Near East during the Neolithic

The Neolithic revolution changed many aspects of mankind’s life, improving their agriculture, technology and living standards. Such a big impact on everyday life, must have further consequences, and it is not surprising that the Neolithic brought new ways of thinking about death and life, which are reflected in the mortuary practices of these people. Essentially, … More Burial Practices in the Near East during the Neolithic

Early Egyptian Burials

The Predynastic Period is Egypt’s equivalent to the Neolithic period in Middle East. The period began around 6000 BC and it also includes the Protodynastic period. It was defined well before archaeological excavations took place. This period is divided into cultural periods and was given names after the place the settlements were found; most of … More Early Egyptian Burials