Monday, September 25, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
His brother, Edward became a dentist.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Britons only 12,000 years old
There were 7 successive occupations of Britain by genus Home since 700,000 years ago but they all fizzled out before the current attempt.
For further information click here
Prasutagus and the Big Fish - Evidence from Celtic Coins
One of the examples he gives is from the reexamination of silver coins found at Joist Fen in Suffolk over 40 years ago. Numismatists have reconstructed the name Esuprastus or Esu Prasto from the inscription which reads 'SVB Ri Prasto' and 'Esico Fecit' - the later part meaing Esico made it. It is thought that Esuprastus is the native version of the name King Prasutagus - the husband of the famous Queen Boudicca.
The coins are typical Celtic design showing a a head on one face with a horse on the other - following the designs on coins of Philip of Macedon.
He also refers to one Ale Scavo - the latter part of the name suggesting a Roman connection from Scaevola - left handed. Rudd suggests he was succeeded by Esu Prasto, possibly after the rebellion of 47AD, suggesting Prasutagus was put in place by the Romans after the rebellion.
Rudd prefers to render the name of Boudicca's kingdom as the Eceni not the Iceni.
Rudd also refers to the 'restoration' of the name of King Tincomarus - meaning 'Big Fish' as King of the Regini - the regini being the southern branch of the Atrebates, centred on Novio Magus at Chichester.
Gauls and Britons - new inscription
It was found in the SW corner of the fort and the inscription read
which they translate as: "The troops from Gaul dedicate this statue to the goddess Gallia, with the full support of the British-born troops".
The interesting implications are firstly that there are Gauls still on the frontier and secondly that Britons was an accepted term for those from Britain - i.e. presumably some sense of unity within the province?
They also found a very priapic statue of Priapus.
To find out more visit the Vindolanda site and see the Excavation News page
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Ideas to improve furl
I use it as partly bookmark, and partly information database, partly blog and partly bibliographic tool, and partly to track what I do. I can see furl falling behind as other techologies develop. So just a few ideas on how it might develop.
1. develop the bibliographic bits of it so it can also be used for books and articles
2. Ineeds a graphic overhaul - doesn't look as good as flickr, del.ci.ious etc.
3. Would be good to be able to customise one's view, to enable it to be part of one's own web site.
4. Need to develop the blog aspect - I currently have blog and furl while I would rather just have furl
5. One problem is that I cannot use furl to help drive content to my web site or even to my furl archive - my furl archive only appears in a google search in an unreadable xml rss format. One of the things I offer is my expertise in the sites I visit - would be good if furl was better at helping me 'cash' in on this.
6. Categorisation - needs hierarchical subject headings.
I have to set up headings as:
archaeology - prehistoric
archaeology - roman
Re materia medica
I have photographed the materia medica cases we received from the Monica Britton Collection when they disbanded their history of medicine collection.
These can be seen on my flickr site at
I think they are a great acquisitions by the Museum as they represent an opportunity for improving understanding of what materia medica meant in the past.
There are also formidable obstacles to their use.
Firstly, we need to identify the materia medica.
Secondly, how do we display them? They have so many drawers! and they are best seen close up and with information.
Maybe we could begin by organising a lecture on materia medica with the new objects being shown to the public.
Labels: medical history
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Take someone's DNA splice it with a tree seed, and grow the tree as a memorial.
I wish I had thought of it.
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Firm plans human DNA tree memorial
Setting up a virtual learning environment
Central Saint Martin's Action Research
As part of my Certificate in Higher Education I am undertaking an ' Action Research' project.
The aim is to find useful web tools to help students record project research.
The first is Furl:
This is essentially a super book mark tool - it allows users and groups to record all the web sites they visit simply by pressing a button on the web browser. It is better than a book mark as you can categorise each web page you furl, and you can access it from any computer. Also you can use the bookmarks very easily on web pages, and you can export the web url's as references for academic reports.
Finally furl saves a copy of the page you furl - so even if the page is deleted, you still have a copy of it making it very valuable for academic work.
My archive can be see at: http://www.furl.net/members/kpflude
Try filtering by topic to see how it works.
If you look at
And look towards the bottom under the heading
Recent Links using Furl
You will see how the web site automatically updates the web page with the 50 latest sites relevant to Industry in Southwark.
The idea is that students wil use furl to build up a shared database of useful sites for the course.
The other tool I am thinking of using is pbwiki. This is an example of a wiki - a small wiki can be set up for free and I am hoping that students will be able to use the wiki to create truly collaborative documents.
Have a look at:
Course Tutor, Geoffrey Makstutis, suggested the following other VLE's
I've already investigated moodle -which looks better than blackboard.
Labels: narrative environments
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Family motto - death to the oppressor!
Mors ad inimicus [death to the oppressor] . although it seems to have been stolen with the coat of arms from the legitimate owners who were I think the Kynastons.
Flude in literature
I have just found references to use of the word 'Flude' in medieval and later literature - both are in the context of Noah's Flood,
'The good gossippe souge
The flude comes flittinge in full faste,
On everye syde that spreades full farre;
For feare of drowninge I am agaste;
Good gossippes, lett us drawe here,
And lett us drinke or [ere] we departe,
For ofte tymes we have done see.
For att a draughte thou drinkes a quarte, A
ND soe will I doe or I gee.
Heare is a pottill full of malmsine, good and stronge;
Itt will rejoice Louth hearte and tonge;
Though Noye thinke us never so longe, Heare we will drinke alike.'
For first the sun in hys uprising obscurate
Shall be, and passé the waters of Noas flude,
On erth which were a hundred days continueate
And fifty, away or all thys waters yode,
Ryght so on our waters, as wise men understode,
Shall pass: that thou, with David, may say
Abierunt in sicco flumina, etc (63).
Mary Anne Atwood
Hermetic Philosophy & Alchemy
So if some people at least spelt flood flude and makes it more likely that at some point flude may have come from people leaving by a swollen river or a flude.
I had thought that the difference in pronouciation between flood and flude meant that they might have had different derivations but use of the word flude in literature to mean flood suggests not.
Also looked at Michael flude's history http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/flude/narative0.htm
This one champions the derivation from Lloyd http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/flude/Surname1.htm
Although if you look at http://www.spatial-literacy.org/UCLnames/Surnames.aspx and look at distribution of fludes, floods and lloyds:
You can see that Lloyd and flude have nowhere near any similarity in distribution. Flude and Flood do not have a similar distribution either - suggesting either that this reflects different pronouciation areas or that they came from difference sources.
Family History Surname: Flood.
Flood (also recorded as Floud, Fludd and Flude) is a topographical surname denoting someone who originally lived near a small stream or spring - 'dweller by the stream or channel'. It can also be a Welsh variation of Lloyd. One of the earliest bearers of this surname is Wigot de la Flode in the 1198 Pipe Rolls of Berkshire.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Mike Catling for Salon IFA wrote:
The database reveals that many British surnames names can be mapped to specific places in the world from which they have spread out through the globe. Searching on the name ‘Catling’ for example, reveals that almost all of the people of that name were living in the Peterborough area in 1881 (this fits with family tradition that, until my father made the break, generations of Catlings had all worked in the brickfields of Whittlesey, three miles east of Peterborough). By 2006, Catlings were dispersed all round England, and were also to be found living in Auckland, New Jersey and the Australian Capital Territory.
Clearly the database is more useful to people with a distinctive surname, though even a relatively common name such as Owen had a very precise geographic origin that is still traceable as recently as 1881 (Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey). The developers of the database also found that some surnames can be too distinctive. They have tracked a significant decline in the numbers of people prepared to live with such embarrassing names as Smellie, Haggard, Slow, Willy, Pigg, Hustler, Nutter, Handcock or Glasscock. There were, for example, 3,211 people called Cock in Britain in 1881 — when most were centred around Truro — but only 826 in 1996, many having chosen to change their name.
By analysing the whereabouts of 100 million people in the United States, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the database has been used to track British migration. One conclusion is that migration is rarely random. Richard Webber, Visiting Professor at University College London, who led the development of the system, says: ‘Migration flows are very specific. The destinations chosen by Britons depended very much on where they were from. People from Cornwall were the most likely to have moved to the north-western United States and south-western Australia, whereas Devonians tended to head for southern and eastern Australia or, if they came from Bideford, to Newfoundland. People from western Scotland travelled most commonly to Tasmania and the South Island of New Zealand. They tend to move at a specific time — Scots went to Tasmania in the 1890s, for instance, and people from Cornwall to Wyoming in the 1860s.’
Some people don’t travel at all, however: there are relatively few names in the United States from rural Yorkshire ─ such as Broadbent, Midgeley or Illingworth ─ suggesting that Yorkshire people travel less. The most travelled names, not surprisingly, tend to be from Scotland and Cornwall.
The developers have gone beyond location to look at occupations and other socio-economic data, such as educational attainments. This confirms that people called Felicity, Katherine, Phillippa, Penelope, Elizabeth, Hilary, Giles, Annabel, Alastair and Jeremy are more likely to be prosperous than people named Tracy, Michelle, Lee, Darren, Jason, Donna, Annie and Kelly.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Sound Scientists at the Whitechapel Art Gallery
We went to see the Sound Scientists' first gig at the Whitechapel on Saturday night. My first hip hop gig, the music was really great especially for a first gig! Backing was excellent, rapping was great, Harry the guitarist was bluesy and soulful and my daughters, Hetty Boo and lady Constance were fabulous.
Friday, September 01, 2006
The Burnhams, Chalk walls and Soft Machine!
Went for an excellent walk around the Burnhams in Norfolk. Interesting to see walls built with chalk and flint. I have excavated these sort of walls in London but have never seen whole houses made of chalk (and flint).
Burnham market is very upmarket - in the evening we returned to see a gig by the Soft Machine - one of my favourite 60's bands. Very austere free form jazz - they bend over backwards to avoid musical cliche - perhaps too far!
It is a short walk from the excellent Three Horseshoes pub in Warham - a good place to discuss the Archaeology!.
The Megalithic Portal and Megalith Map: Warham Camp Hillfort
Britain AD by Francis Pryor
An interesting read - attempting to debunk British archaeology. Francis Pryor has a nostalgic view of the history of Britain, which, using his background in prehistory, he disbelieves in the existence of any invasions in British history. He also loves the idea of continuity and his view is so-rose tinted as to be untrue! He believes the Saxons are a product of our historical imagination, and that Britain has always been a multicultural paradise. He is happy to ignore the existence of the English language as any evidence of a major change after the end of the roman period.
Tatbearht's London by Leary, Jim et al 'Tatberht's London - Archaeological Excavations In Middle Saxon London' Published by Pre-construct Archaeology 2004
This is a Monograph pulling together excavations on Lundenwic in the Covent Garden area - very much an archaeology book but careful reading will give a pretty good insight into what is know about London in the 7th - 9th Century.