Dave Crosby……On-line Archaeology Seminar…..Curiosity….Pics of Scotland….A Petition…..

by Bernie Bell - 10:32 on 21 January 2023

Dave Crosby….

I read that Dave Crosby has died, aged 81 - a good age to reach.

I’ve been listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for more than 50 years - or ‘Crosby Stole the Stash’ as I remember Robert Plant referring to them in an interview.  He might not have stolen the stash, but he did time for possession.

This is where I read of his passing, which tells something of his tale….. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2023/jan/20/david-crosby-obituary

But I’d say his music also tells his tale, including an appearance at Woodstock…….


Not many of those folk are left – they’re going, one by one..…..




On-line Archaeology Seminar…….

The first UHI Archaeology Institute online research seminar of 2023 takes place next week and will feature Martin Carruthers and Scott Timpany sharing their research and thoughts on Iron Age stalled buildings……  https://archaeologyorkney.com/2023/01/19/seminar-new-investigations-of-iron-age-stalled-buildings-in-northern-scotland/

Iron Age stalled buildings are often associated with Brochs – so here I go with my much more than tuppenceworth about  Brochs…..


And….. http://www.spanglefish.com/berniesblog/blog.asp?blogid=15972

Re. The Elder……this is ace….. https://www.facebook.com/groups/398769848454325/?mibextid=HsNCOg

(You'll need to scroll down a bit - more info. from The Cairns is being posted constantly!)

The discussion about her hair-style reminded me that I wrote this last Autumn when my hair was aiming for world domination….

“Hair Pins?

I recently bought a piece of leather with a pin to go through it to try to control my hair -  no hairdresser since pre-March 2020!

I noticed that the pin is very like the bone pins found on archaeology digs.  I’m not in the world of archaeology, so don’t know if anyone has noticed this before?  As far as I can  remember the bone pins tend to be seen as aids to holding cloaks/clothing together - and they probably were.  There’s a good example here… https://www.wessexarch.co.uk/news/return-rousay-ii-part-6

Maybe, also, they were pushed through pieces of leather to try to control thick, wild hair?

Just a thought……to which Andrew Appleby responded…. “You are quite right! I have them in the depths of Skara. Combs were stuck in hair too, as were beads and bits of hollow bird bone.”

The ‘Skara’ he mentions is his series of novels about the ancient world…. https://skarabooks.com/ 

And, one of the team on the Rousay/Swandro dig - Caz Mamwell - sent me some info….. “You are quite right, bone pins could have many uses and hair pin is certainly one of them. There's quite a bit published about Roman & Egyptian hair pins, but I found a fun piece about reconstructing Iron Age hairstyles based on pins found as grave goods:


Not just bone, but bronze pins too - extra info is always welcome!"



Curiosity – it’s what leads humans to ‘boldly go’ and all that………


I’m remembering the ’Big Bang Theory ‘ episode where Wolowitz accidentally runs the Mars Rover into a ditch while trying to impress a woman – and it sends back significant data – but he can’t let on that he was responsible……



Pics of Scotland 13th to 20th of January….


Including the first snowdrops!


A Petition…



Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/07/24/frankenstein-or-is-it-fronkensteen/


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