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Articles of Interest

Eleanor Blakelock, Susan La Niece, Chris Fern, Secrets of the Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths: Analysis of gold objects from the Staffordshire Hoard, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 72, August 2016, Pages 44-56, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2016.05.011.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440316300747)
Keywords: Anglo-Saxon; Staffordshire Hoard; Gold alloys; SEM-EDX; Depletion gilding; Compositional analysis



Vladimír Sládek, Martin Hora, Kristýna Farkašová, Thomas R. Rocek, Impact of grinding technology on bilateral asymmetry in muscle activity of the upper limb, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 72, August 2016, Pages 142-156, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2016.07.001.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440316300887)
Keywords: Bioarchaeology; Neolithic; Iron Age; Saddle quern; Rotary quern; Agriculture
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FYI: interesting article

Maxime Poulain, Jan Baeten, Wim De Clercq, Dirk De Vos, Dietary practices at the castle of Middelburg, Belgium: Organic residue analysis of 16th- to 17th-century ceramics, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 67, March 2016, Pages 32-42, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2016.01.006.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030544031600008X)
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Gardening, or perhaps I should blog

It's February, a wonderful time to start thinking about gardens, especially in the bad old days before Global Warming where the weather was dismal at this time of year.

My painfully large GoodReads list having thrown up <I>Green Thoughts</I> by Eleanor Perenyi, I find myself thinking of gardening, practice and theory. Despite my almost total lack of agreement with Ms. Perenyi on particular plants (I have no patience, for instance, for peonies, and while I also enjoy the smell of roses, I admit I'm significantly fonder of floribundias and 'old roses' than she is. We agree on the hideous overplanting of rhodendrons and azealas in this country, but that's only because I can't stand either one.
I am not a garden designer or landscaper in any way. I have always been a slapdash and random sort of gardener, finding plants I like, poking them in whereever I can fit them, and enjoying them while they last (though all too often likely to be shanghaied away from the garden by Pennsic Prep to find it ruined when I return.

Take my attitude toward bulbs. All right thinking gardeners plan out how many bulbs they want, purchase them from their favorite source (the merits of catalogs and local companies being hotly debated), and toddle out with a bag of bulbs and a trowel (or one of those bulb-planters) in the autumn at the appropriate time for each species in turn. They are rewarded in the spring by either lovely drifts of bloom or completely maddening failures-- either because the plants don't come up, or because they come up either in the wrong color/type or somewhere else, having been moved by helpful person or animal.

I, on the other hand, have never successfully remembered to plant bulbs before December. Instead, in the spring, when the displays at garden centers, groceries, and other such unsuitable places are rioting with forced bulbs beginning to bloom, I buy at least one potful. I used to start out with a hyacinth, since I can't resist what I consider a beautiful odor; but another denizen of our house can resist it just fine, especially when one bloom perfumes an entire 1200 sq. feet of house and there's no place to get away. (I still sneak some onto the property and put them outside where I can enjoy them.) Anyway, one pot of forced bulbs goes on to be two or three, which I struggle to keep watered. About the time their flowers dissolve, it becomes warm enough to go outside, and I find a place in the yard, grub up a hole, and stick my poor tired bulbs in. Emboldened by this, I then pick up a few more dying forced plants and tuck them in here and there, hopefully where I haven't already planted a perennial or other bulbs. Then, like a squirrel, I completely forget about them.

The result is, of course, that most of them don't come up at all, or come up in some bastardized type of themselves (I have one purple hyacinth that is trying to become a grape hyacinth, I swear), but those that do provide cheering surprises that make me feel rather proud of myself. This is not, of course, gardening. It's playing mud-pies with plants, and I have to admit I am unlikely to ever stop, because I lack the self-control to actually be organized to grow those plants I lust after in the bulb catalogs.
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A few articles of interest

E. Cristiani, V. Dimitrijević, S. Vitezović, Fishing with lure hooks at the Late Neolithic site of Vinča – Belo Brdo, Serbia, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 65, January 2016, Pages 134-147, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.11.005.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440315003076)
Keywords: Neolithic; Vinča Culture; Fish-hooks; Bone technology; Use-wear and residues analysis; Prehistoric fishing practices


Willy Tegel, Bernhard Muigg, Ulf Büntgen, The wood of Merovingian weaponry, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 65, January 2016, Pages 148-153, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.11.011.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440315003131)
Keywords: Early Middle Ages; Merovingian weaponry; Mineralised wood; Wood anatomy
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Citations of interest from Journal of Archaeological Science

Heide Wrobel Nørgaard, Metalcraft within the Nordic Bronze Age: Combined metallographic and superficial imaging reveals the technical repertoire in crafting bronze ornaments, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 64, December 2015, Pages 110-128, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.10.005.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440315002794)
Keywords: Bronze Age metalwork; Individual traces in crafting; Technological traditions; Metallography; Skilled craftspeople


Carl Heron, Oliver E. Craig, Alexandre Luquin, Valerie J. Steele, Anu Thompson, Gytis Piličiauskas, Cooking fish and drinking milk? Patterns in pottery use in the southeastern Baltic, 3300–2400 cal BC, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 63, November 2015, Pages 33-43, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.08.002.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440315002393)
Keywords: Southeastern Baltic; Subneolithic; Neolithic; Pottery use; Organic residues; Aquatic resources; Dairy products


Xing Huang, Wei Qian, Wei Wei, Jingning Guo, Naitao Liu, 3D numerical simulation on the flow field of single tuyere blast furnaces: A case study of the Shuiquangou iron smelting site dated from the 9th to 13th century in China, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 63, November 2015, Pages 44-58, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.08.009.

(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440315002460)


Jang-Sik Park, The implication of varying 14C concentrations in carbon samples extracted from Mongolian iron objects of the Mongol period, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 63, November 2015, Pages 59-64, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.08.011.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440315002484)
Keywords: Mongolia; Mongol period; Mineral coal; Charcoal; Iron technology; 14C concentration
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From the Journal of Archaeological Science


Ian C. Freestone, Ruth E. Jackson-Tal, Itamar Taxel, Oren Tal, Glass production at an Early Islamic workshop in Tel Aviv, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 62, October 2015, Pages 45-54, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.07.003.
( http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440315002253 ) 
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Filomena Gallo, Alberta Silvestri, Patrick Degryse, Monica Ganio, Antonio Longinelli, Gianmario Molin, Roman and late-Roman glass from north-eastern Italy: The isotopic perspective to provenance its raw materials, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 62, October 2015, Pages 55-65, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.07.004.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440315002265)
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Sarah Paynter, Thérèse Kearns, Hilary Cool, Simon Chenery, Roman coloured glass in the Western provinces: The glass cakes and tesserae from West Clacton in England, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 62, October 2015, Pages 66-81, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.07.006.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440315002289)
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Catherine M. Batt, Magdalena M.E. Schmid, Orri Vésteinsson, Constructing chronologies in Viking Age Iceland: Increasing dating resolution using Bayesian approaches, Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 62, October 2015, Pages 161-174, ISSN 0305-4403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.07.002.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440315002241)
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Still more Speculum reviews of interest

F. Jamil Ragep and Faith Wallis with Pamela Miller and Adam Gacek, eds., The “Herbal” of al-Ghāfiqī: A Facsimile Edition with Critical Essays. Montreal and Ithaca, NY: McGill–Queen's University Press, 2014. Pp. x, 750; 545 full-page color plates and many color figures. $150. ISBN: 978-0-7735-4475-8.
Mònica Rius-Piniés
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1158 - 1160
doi: 10.1017/S003871341500202X (About doi) Published Online on 13th October 2015
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Pavel Krafl, Synody a statuta olomoucké diecéze období středověku / Medieval Synods and Statutes of the Diocese of Olomouc. (Práce Historického ústavu AV ČR; Opera Instituti Historici Pragae, Řada B Editiones 10.) Prague: Historický ústav AV ČR, 2014. Pp. 435; 14 tables. CZK210. ISBN: 978-80-7286-220-7.
Lucie Doležalová
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1134 - 1135
doi: 10.1017/S0038713415002201 (About doi) Published Online on 13th October 2015
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". The present volume offers new editions of all the known medieval diocesan and synodal statutes of the diocese of Olomouc (in Moravia, today Czech Republic), that is, ten texts originating between 1253 and 1493 (pp. 247–395). These are supplemented by editions of six other texts pertaining to the synods (396–409): two papal letters (1386 and 1389), two public instruments (1387 and 1388), visitation statutes (1392), and a letter of convocation (probably 1498). "

Jacob Lassner, Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam: Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. Paper. Pp. xviii, 312. $38. ISBN: 978-0-226-47107-5.
Yousef Meri
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1141 - 1143
doi: 10.1017/S0038713415002444 (About doi) Published Online on 13th October 2015
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Anne E. Lester, Creating Cistercian Nuns: The Women's Religious Movement and Its Reform in Thirteenth-Century Champagne. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011. Pp. xxii, 261; 11 black-and-white figures and 1 map. $46.95. ISBN: 978-0-8014-4989-5.
John Van Engen
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1143 - 1145
doi: 10.1017/S0038713415002067 (About doi) Published Online on 13th October 2015
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Nicole Marafioti, The King's Body: Burial and Succession in Later Anglo-Saxon England. (Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series.) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. Pp. xviii, 297; 3 black-and-white figures and 2 tables. $45.50. ISBN: 978-1-4426-4758-9.
Victoria Whitworth
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1146 - 1147
doi: 10.1017/S0038713415002468 (About doi) Published Online on 13th October 2015
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Linda Monckton and Richard K. Morris, eds., Coventry: Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in the City and Its Vicinity. (British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions 33.) Leeds: Maney Publishing in association with Oxbow Books, 2011. Paper. Pp. xx, 362; many black-and-white and 8 color figures. £76. ISBN: 978-1-906540-62-3.
Matthew Reeve
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1151 - 1152
doi: 10.1017/S0038713415002006 (About doi) Published Online on 13th October 2015
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Nicole Marafioti, The King's Body: Burial and Succession in Later Anglo-Saxon England. (Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series.) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. Pp. xviii, 297; 3 black-and-white figures and 2 tables. $45.50. ISBN: 978-1-4426-4758-9.
Victoria Whitworth
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1146 - 1147
doi: 10.1017/S0038713415002468 (About doi) Published Online on 13th October 2015




Dominique Raynaud, Optics and the Rise of Perspective: A Study in Network Knowledge Diffusion. (GEMAS Studies in Social Analysis.) Oxford, UK: Bardwell Press, 2014. Pp. 260. £90. ISBN: 978-1-905622-31-3.
Samuel Y. Edgerton
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1163 - 1165
doi: 10.1017/S0038713415001785 (About doi) Published Online on 13th October 2015
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Patricia Skinner, ed., Jews in Medieval Britain: Historical, Literary and Archaeological Perspectives. Woodbridge, UK, and Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 2012. Paper. Pp. x, 175. $34.95. ISBN: 978-1-84383-733-6.
Paul Hyams
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1166 - 1167
doi: 10.1017/S0038713415002237 (About doi) Published Online on 13th October 2015
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Carlos Steel, John Marenbon, and Werner Verbeke, eds., Paganism in the Middle Ages: Threat and Fascination. (Mediaevalia Lovaniensia, Series 1, Studia 43.) Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2012. Paper. Pp. xiii, 250; 4 black-and-white figures. €59.50. ISBN: 978-90-5867-933-8.
Sverre Bagge
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1167 - 1168
doi: 10.1017/S0038713415002134 (About doi) Published Online on 13th October 2015
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Table of contents available online at http://upers.kuleuven.be/en/book/9789058679338


Gareth Williams, Peter Pentz, and Matthias Wemhoff, eds., Vikings: Life and Legend. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014. Paper. Pp. 288; many color figures and maps. $35. ISBN: 978-0-8014-7942-7.
Stephen Mitchell
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1180 - 1182
doi: 10.1017/S0038713415002456 (About doi) Published Online on 13th October 2015
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(described as a lavishly-illustrateed but well written exhibition catalog.)

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A book on spice use in the Savoy Court, 14th & 15th c.

I wish I could read French. Someone read the book for me please and report back?

Fanny Abbott, Des comptes d’apothicaires: Les épices dans la comptabilité de la Maison de Savoie (XIVe et XVe s.). (Cahiers Lausannois d’Histoire Médiévale 51.) Lausanne: Université de Lausanne, 2012. Pp. 210; many black-and-white figures and graphs. €30. ISBN: 978-2-940110-64-3.

Reviewed by Jennifer C. Edwards in
Speculum , Volume 90 , Issue 04 , October 2015, pp 1076 - 1077
doi: 10.1017/S0038713415002390 (About doi) Published Online on13th October 2015

According to the review, Abbot uses the Scully edition of du Fait de cuisine to connect the spices recorded with their uses...
"Abbott devotes her first section to part of an account book kept by Jean Marci de
Valdetario, apothecary for the count of Savoy Amadeus VI, covering entries from February
1338 to November 1342. She then examines the lists of expenses in two account books
kept for the households of Duke Amadeus VIII: a daily account (journalier) of the duke’s
expenses, 1422–23, kept by Pierre de Porta, secretary treasurer; and a daily account of
expenses in the household of the duke’s children, the prince of Piedmont and the count of
Bagˆ e, created by Pierre Gillet de Pont d’Ain, 1425–26"