Monthly Archives: December 2013

Gold and the Incas (review)

Gold and the Incas is the current summer blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. Billed as following on from their previous summer blockbuster exhibitions, you migh expect it to be a crowded  event where you can hardly see … Continue reading

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The social web and the Gulf states

Yesterday the Guardian published an article on the use of social media in Saudi Arabia. I’m not surprised. One thing that was very obvious when we were staying at a resort hotel in Habarana earlier this year was the number of … Continue reading

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Guns beads and contacts

Hot on the heels of news of discoveries that suggest that Macassar traders were sourcing beads from Dutch and other European spice traders to trade with the Yolngu of Arnhem Land for sea cucumbers, comes news of the discovery of … Continue reading

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Vikings and Cats (again)

Some time ago I started a thread about Vikings and cats. I’ve just come across an interestinf student thesis on the role of cats in viking beliefs. I’ll be the first to admit that I havn’t yet read the thesis … Continue reading

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Ah yes, the penny post

Over on my other blog, I’ve been writing about how postal services, or more accurately, the letter handling service, is in terminal decline. The universal letter service was one of the great nineteenth century inventions, and in the case of … Continue reading

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Beads and trading links

I’ve previously written about coins as evidence of contact. The ABC today has an interesting report on the use of beads by Maccassar fishermen to buy access to trepang beds of the coast of Arnhem land from the local population. … Continue reading

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