Roman Days at Skipton


CRAVEN residents are being invited to commemorate National Archaeology Week from Saturday (12th – 20th July) with the Craven Museum & Gallery’.

The Skipton based museum and gallery is holding two Roman-themed fun days to celebrate archaeology.

On Wednesday 16th July experimental archaeologist
Graham Taylor will hold demonstrations and hands-on workshops from 10am
– 4pm and will be creating prehistoric and Roman Pottery outside
Skipton Town Hall.

On Saturday 19th July the museum is inviting
everyone to an Archaeology Technology family fun day. Visitors will be
able to take part in activities such as creating a Roman fresco wall
painting, designing their own mosaic and seeing how Roman cooks, Livia
and Flavia, prepare a traditional Roman Feast.

Cllr Ken Hart said: “This is a unique opportunity for
Craven residents to see archaeology in action and take part in some
unusual activities thanks to Craven Museum & Gallery. We want to
encourage everyone to explore the hidden heritage on their doorstep and
learn more about the past.”

Both events are free and there’s no need to book. For more information call Craven Museum & Gallery on 01756 706407.

New US Latin course includes spoken Latin

Enthusiasts for using Latin as a living language may find tips in a new American course, Latin for the New Millennium.

A generous sample is on line in Portable Document Format (pdf) and page 41, for example, gives phrases for classroom use. Each chapter that I have looked at has some adapted ‘real’ Latin (Plautus and Terence feature early on – Like Father Foster, the authors like the ‘living’ feel of comedy) and, after the grammar and exercises, a classroom dialogue or useful phrases.

Because of the American case order, inter alia, this course is not an option in the UK, but teachers might pick up useful ideas from it.

They might balk at the price – $75 for the student text and an extra $22 for the workbook… But, as I say, there’s a generous sample on line.

BBC video report on Latin at lunchtime

This video report shows staff at Galore Park learning Latin in their lunchtime.
As this is the firm that publishes So You Really Want to Learn Latin, it is no surprise that there is the expertise to teach Latin. The clip shows the group reciting the second declension. Oh those Oxford vowels!

Using IT in Latin teaching – a page of links

Here is a page full of links to teaching aids of all sorts – podcasts, powerpoint presentations, distance/eLearning Platforms, blogs, on-line tutorials and more.

Villa of the Mysteries – French video

YouTube has a four-part documentary on the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii.

It seems to come from the Louvre and there may be copyright issues, but if you are happy with clearly spoken French commentary, it has a lot of good stuff, with technical and artistic analysis.

One strength is the wealth of other ancient art paraded for comparison and to help the interpretation of this particular fresco.

One nice touch is real ancient music at the very start – I recognise it from a tape of Greek music, but can’t be sure whether it is from a chorus of Euripides or not.

Bonekickers – giving archaeology a bad name

The trailers should have been warning enough. The BBC evidently wanted to make archaeology sexy, but has succeeded in putting out pure hokum, even worse than the da Vinci rubbish.

The Times agrees:

Bonekickers is the BBC’s big new drama of the summer, and while I’ve sat through some rubbish in my time, this is in a league of its own. And this from the guys behind Life on Mars. Here, a team of improbable archaeologists (played by well-known actors who it would be rude to name) excavate a site in Somerset, where they think they might have found a relic of the True Cross brought back from the Holy Land. Their discovery prompts a latter-day Christian sect leader and his followers to declare a modern crusade and go around chopping off the heads of Muslims with swords. Last week, the BBC broadcast the most accomplished drama series of the year with Criminal Justice. With Bonekickers, it has produced the tackiest.

Bother! Missed Roman Mysteries yesterday.

It was only when Roman Mysteries came up on Google alerts this morning that I realised the first episode of series two was broadcast yesterday afternoon. I was out seeing a friend’s baby at the time anyway….

It’s going out every Tuesday for the ten weeks of the series on BBC 4.35 with the next episode on CBBC at 5.15 the same afternoon.

See Flavia’s blog. The blog includes newspaper notices, all favourable.