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Mary Bryning - Textile artist Mary combines her love of textiles and embroidery with an interest in maps and the effect human settlement ha...

Unique female sculpture found in Turkey's Çatalhöyük. Archaeological excavations in the Central Anatolian province of Konya’s Çatalhöyük,headed by Professor Ian Hadder,have unearthed a well-preserved female figurine from the Neolithic era of 8,000-8,500 B.C. The figurine has all parts of its body intact and has been defined as “unique.”This is one of the earliest large human settlements in the world and provides important evidence of the transition from settled villages to urban…

from Mail Online

Restoration reveals details of Romans who perished in Pompeii

The perfectly-preserved settlement was discovered by accident in the 18th century, buried under 30ft (9 metres) of ash. Archaeologists were amazed to find human remains inside the voids. Plaster of Paris was poured inside to create casts of humans, and when this material is broken it reveals bones inside (shown)

During the period of these early Celtic and Viking settlements, the climate was significantly warmer, and about 25% of Iceland was covered with forest compared to 1% now. Description from I searched for this on

The Oxton Art Fair 2012 - The 9th annual Oxton Art Fair is a wonderful showcase of art, craft and design from local artists within four of galleries of the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead.

from Washington Post

Teju Cole’s 9 questions about Britain you were too embarrassed to ask

Somehow, we must keep the humanity of the people in Syria before us. Anything thing we do or do not do, or say or do not say, should be about them, not about us. We must live perpetually in hope of a negotiated settlement. Forces are too evenly balanced, and the suffering will continue and the death toll continue to mount horrifyingly until there’s some kind of negotiated peace. No one is going to win this war.