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Jean Mignot, 14th c.

An interesting paper on the woman on the Oseberg cart
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This is interesting, I don't agree with all of their conclusions (I can't figure out how the paired brooches were worn), and I do wish they had updated the PDF after the competition with photos of the finished pieces, but it's great to see people trying different things. :)

The Oseberg Cart Woman - C.E. 800
http://www.expo-conv-svcs.com/Pennsic40/OsebergCartWomanFinal.pdf

Also, here is an English summary on the Skjoldehamn find:
http://www.expo-conv-svcs.com/Pennsic40/SkjoldehamnClassHandout.pdf

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A Mummy from Osan
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Apparently people don't like looking at preserved corpses. So, don't click on these links.

I've been looking at more photos of the mummy from Osan, Korea, that is said to be from the 16th century.

English summary: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/05/14/2010051401110.html

Here are photos (navigate with the arrows) of various stages of unpacking her coffin. I'm now very interested in the back of her head, and if the first image the page loads on (http://photo.donga.com/view.php?idxno=201005130005) is a small veil (garima?) in the upper right hand side of the photo.

And she had a teeeny tiny pouch! http://media.paran.com/news/view.kth?dirnews=1476100&year=2010&rtlog=MP&p_eye=medi^con^b01^medi^click

Edit: and she is wearing a sock! http://blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=beryu1&logNo=110086185721&viewDate=¤tPage=1&listtype=0

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I need to post to this thing more...
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"Hoods, Mittens & Collars: Icelandic Clothing from the 15th to the 18th century"
http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Haffenreffer/IcelandicClothing.htm

Cool photos, largely of reconstructions. Can't find any photos of the originals online though, so it'll just have to do! :)

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Livonian "tortoise brooches"
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Daugavas lībiešu 10.-13. gadsimta krūšu važiņrotas ar bruņrupuču saktām.
(10th-13th Century Daugava Liv Pectoral Chain Ornaments with Tortoise Brooches.)
by Roberts Spirģis, 2006.
https://dspace.lu.lv/dspace/handle/7/276

It's a PhD thesis, and is very information-dense, but is also very, *very* cool.

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1570s Monastic Sign Lexicon from Germany?
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In one of those moments of "why didn't I notice this before," here is an extract from:
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. 1717. "Signa Secundum Ordinem Cisterciensem" In: Collectanea etymologica (Hanover); pp. 384–408

According to page 70 of Wilhelm Wundt's The Language of Gesture, (Walter de Gruyter):

"Leibniz left us two volumes cataloguing the Cistercian gestures: a Latin one with no indication of its origin, and a Low German one from the former monastery of Lockum (Loccum, in Lower Saxony, founded in 1163). The Latin register counts 143 examples, the Lockum one 145 examples of gestures."

I've never tried to translate Low German before, so we'll see how I go... I think the answer is 'not very well' - if anyone can suggest resources I could refer to, it'd be appreciated!

Updated, now with extra [personal profile] catsidhe-added goodness!
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The only hint I've found for Dünningen comes from the 1650 Lettisches und Teutsches Wörterbuch, which has die Schläffe, dünningen., which may be schlaff of saggy, loose, limp, flaccid... or die Schläfen, the temples (on the head). I think it's temple.

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Where did the 'ceremonial' idea come from?
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I've been sitting in on Facebook groups for Viking Age dress, (but I've been noticing it on other lists for a while too) and I'm fascinated by the idea, that the moment you add a narrow panel to the front of your apron dress, you're wearing a ceremonial garment.

I'm seriously questioning the belief that every Viking Age image found in a Norse context depicts a woman wearing the 'usual' outfit of apron dress, often with extra lines that are interpreted as front and back panels. And that's before you start questioning the archaeological evidence for such a front panel. Or asking about the rationale that originated the panel...

Sorry... this bothers me.

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Sorry!
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I am spending most of my time at the moment in places with no mobile phone reception, let alone internet access. I know I am missing large chunks of people's postings on Livejournal and Dreamwith (not apologising for Facebook, I'm never on top of that), so if there is anything people desperately want me to read, let me know in the comments!

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Still travelling!
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I survived the Tasmanian Fungi Festival, and photographing some lichen in the snow!

Lichen! Photobucket
Coprinellus disseminatus (I think...), a saprophyte (wood-decaying fungus) in the forest.

(It's very difficult to photograph ice, I am quickly learning. I took a class on macro photography and the instructor was kind enough to help me out with my 4th hand, lacking-in-English-instruction-manual camera from Japan.) Met lots of lovely people in my backpacker's hostel, met interesting people at the fungal conservation and management symposium (and discovered it's a very small world), and now have a slightly better idea of what mushrooms and toadstools I am likely to run into in the field.

And I saw snow! Snoooooow!!
(If people want to see more photos, let me know, but they're either very Touristy, or close-ups of plants in the snow.)

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New Australian re-enactment merchanting site?
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I followed a banner ad, and found this: http://www.reenactorsrepertoire.com/index.php

Looks interesting?

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Charles Darwin's Library
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Digitised and freely available online (along with notes detailing what he annotated, and where!)
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/collection/darwinlibrary

(And for the history geeks who prefer their history pre-Darwin, check out these beauties! http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/browse/year/1450-1699 )

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