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Hiker Discovers Viking Sword in Norway – Archaeology Magazine

Hiker Discovers Viking Sword in Norway

Norway Viking sword2

(Hordaland County Council)

HAUKELI, NORWAY—A hiker who sat down to rest discovered a 1,200-year-old Viking sword in central southern Norway. “The sword was found in very good condition. It is very special to get into a sword that is merely lacking its grip,” archaeologist Jostein Aksdal told The Local, Norway. He added that the sword probably dates to between A.D. 750 and 800, and is of a type that was common in western Norway. “When the snow has gone in spring, we will check the place where the sword was found. If we find several objects, or a tomb, perhaps we can find the story behind the sword,” he added. To read about another recently discovered Viking weapon, go to “Artifact: Viking Sword.”

via Hiker Discovers Viking Sword in Norway – Archaeology Magazine.


Inspiration time!

Here is a round-up of some amazing websites I have stumbled onto recently…

Interested in art, architecture, Michelangelo or Italy?

Check out the Sistine Chapel in 360 degree graphical display

High resolution shots of the artwork in the Mediterranean collection at SAM

How about animals?

Some great wildlife pix from the NYTimes.com 

Baby animals  born this Spring at zoos around the world

The preciousest baby tapir

Maybe astronomy is more your thing?

NASA: ultra-high definition view of 2012 Venus transit.

Or History?

Researchers discover that Stonehenge was monument marking the unification of Britain

Calling all Kepler College Students, past and present

Kepler Students: Please take my Survey!

If you were ever a Kepler student, you probably remember me from Symposium. I was part of the Leo group, the sealions. I am currently an MA student at U. Wales, Trinity St. David and working on my research project for the term. I am interested in the responses of any Kepler College students, whether you completed a degree, or took only one class.


Query: Why would students entering a degree program choose astrology as a major, and why would those same students choose to study astrology within an academic degree program rather than to study practical astrology in a group with a single teacher or in a non-degree-granting program?

Kepler Students: Please take my Survey!

Your participation is confidential, responses will be stored and tabulated without any contact information attached. If you have any questions or would like to participate in an interview, email or call me at 206-459-6963. If you know any other Kepler students, please pass this along to them. >^..^< Thanks!

The convolutions of memory…

I am amazed at the way memory works, or doesn’t as the case may be. I had a demonstration of how mine works today while I was driving to Weaving Works to pick up a part for my loom. A tune started up on the radio and I quickly recognized the Sorcerer’s Apprentice  but then couldn’t remember who the composer was. I was pretty annoyed with myself since this is a pretty distinctive piece of music and an image of a Cardassian from Deep Space 9 kind of appeared in my head. Well, the first thing I thought was ‘no, it isn’t Alaimo‘, the actors name, but then thought, ‘Ah, the character is Gul Ducat and the composer, Paul Dukas.’

I gave thanks to Hermes and just sat amazed at how this stuff all just floats around on the old internal hard drive and surfaces when there is a connection to be made to some other piece of information, like the way I got an image that was actually a representation of sound, whew. I’ve spent the evening watching this clip from Fantasia and chuckling to myself about a Cardassian composing it. >^..^<

The AFA Conference

I just attended the AFA’s conference on Traditional Astrology in the 21st Century. It was held In honor of James H. Holden, FAFA with Ben Dykes, Demetra George and Chris Brennan. Holden is the author of many books including his new translation of Firmicus Maternus’ Mathesis, but I was there to have him sign my copy of A History of Horoscopic Astrology. In my first year at Kepler College, I had my copy cut at the binding and comb-bound and I thought any author would appreciate seeing their book dog-eared, and bristling with bookmarks… he did. At breakfast, we talked about his impressions of turning 85 and our favorite books by H. Rider Haggard. The weather was perfect for sitting outside in the morning and my usual breakfast entertainment was watching the grackles steal people’s toast and fruit off their plates when they went inside to refill their coffee cups. Continue reading The AFA Conference

The news!

My morning commute has doubled but that is ok because I am almost completely moved into my new studio. Instead of down the hall, I am now downstairs. I’ve taken over the MIL apartment at ground level in our house.  The move gives me a quiet client space and craft space at the same time. I can’t wait to show it off!

This is the first piece of jewelry made in my new studio! Sorry about the camera-phone shot. I didn’t have my lightbox and real camera set up yet. This one is a variation of the one I made for Karen. It has large tumbled citrine beads, a hematite ring, silver, onyx and a few antique glass beads.


We had a great camping trip. Rob was feeling better but wasn’t supposed to be walking so we couldn’t go for our regular campground walks. I had a commissioned wedding necklace to make so I brought the jewelry tool box along. The bride wanted citrine and pearls. I love that combination started 3 different necklaces with that combination. Then I found a You Tube video on crocheting wire and bead necklaces and while I was watching Robert to make sure he wasn’t chomping on his bandage, I made one that way, too. She chose two and the others will be in my Etsy store soon. I love the textures in the pearl and citrine braided necklace below. The technique looks impressive but is really quite simple. Our campsite-neighbor and I made a fieldtrip to Shipwreck Beads for supplies and then I taught her how to make one. She made a beautiful braided necklace in multiple shades of green stones with gunmetal colored wire. It was finished in a couple of hours and she had never even crocheted before. So, what do you do when you are camping?

Here is the video I watched: Karla Shafer

Shipwreck Beads

I promise I will post a full report on Rob’s injury and recovery when we get the bandage off and know more.