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Hello, everyone! Don't mind me, I'm just dipping my toes in this more -focused instance now...

I am a whose other Mastodon account is over at Some of you may also know me from the bird site :birdsite:

One of Mastodon's unsung virtues is I don't have to strip out those annoying query strings every time I want to share a link with someone.

Good morning! A post just rolled across my fedi-timeline saying not to post about politics on Mastodon, so I'm here to remind you that:

1 "politics" refers to decision-making about how to live together in groups
2 choosing to not participate in political discussion is saying you support the status quo, and is a political stance
3 abstaining from politics because you feel safe from its impacts is a privilege and a choice to abandon your more vulnerable neighbours

Ours terrassant un sanglier (grès, vers 200 ap. J.-C.). La sculpture retrouvée à Neumagen symbolise la vie et la mort. Elle est conservée au Rheinisches Landesmuseum de #Trèves en #Allemagne. #sculpure #art #romanhistory

I know not everyone on Pagan.Plus is interested in politics, but its a topic I do talk about a lot. So, to avoid annoying all the good Pagans, Heathens and Witches here, i've started a new account on another instance *just* for that. On the off-chance anyone is at all interested in chatting about politics, that account can be found at


Fascinating world of ancient #glass: Colourful #Celtic glass bracelets found in the surroundings of Bern, Switzerland. Dating around 200 BC. Bernisches Historisches Museum.
They were worn by women and girls more than 2000 years ago. To produce the seamless bracelets, glass was gradually enlarged with a metal rod and a cone.


Toad / Frog ritual toad mask with elemental designs inspired by La Tene and Hallstatt era art. Commissioned through Emil Emil’s Manufactory. Still not in my hands, because it needs its finish to settle.

Happy weekend tootlers - I hope you're having a good one.

Nothing too complex for today, just a pretty picture to show a sample of some of the amazing forms and designs there are in Iron Age torc terminals (the ends of neck rings/arm rings) from Britain and Ireland.

Iron Age goldsmiths sure liked to experiment with their designs. ❤️

#Archaeology #Torcs #Gold

Now that we're starting to see more impersonation accounts on Mastodon, a reminder that verified websites are a thing. It's not perfect, but implementable at the individual level, and this is how we know for example which of these is the real @stephenfry - and it's not the one with the meaningless checkmark. :)

If any of you notice that I'm favoriting some of my own posts, I swear it isn't Narcissism—I'm just saving those ones from the auto-delete I'm setting up.

In 1879, the burial mound Kleinaspergle south of the Hohenasperg, an early Celtic “princely” seat, was excavated. The central chamber was found to have been plundered, but a secondary chamber was found intact. It contained pieces of jewellery and vessels, e.g two Greek (Attic) kylikes (drinking cups), an Etruscan bronze stamnos (used to mix water and wine), and drinking horn finials made of gold. Dating around 440 BC.

Photo: Landesmuseum Württemberg

If you say that the decentralized nature of Mastodon is one of it's key points and then turn around and tell Black people there's nothing to be done about racism on Mastodon because it's decentralized, you might want to think long and hard about what those two statements combined reveal.

If Tumblr joins the Fediverse, I might actually use it.

I've tried to keep a blog up and running, but trying to use WordPress is a pain, and maintaining my own website has been too much hassle.

I have longer articles and resources to create and share, and a "federated Tumblr" sounds like an efficient way for me to do it.

I hate how we continue to depict Greeks wearing all white.

Greeks wore many colors in their robes. Greece today is a very colorful country.

Old paintings got it right, so why can't we now?

The first words I say

in the morning when I rise:

May Rhiannon's steeds be about my family.

I shall wear my Queen's

protection; She hears my cries.

I fear no evils when Her strong shields surround me.

I shall arm myself

splendidly with Her wisdom,

Her golden radiance will pour forth like honey.

I journey Her path,

Feel Her call in my bosom,

I follow the way She illumines before me.

I have set my mind

and intent on Her graces.

I will honor Her with my every act and breath.

Her birds' sweet singing

will wrap me in embraces

of melodious peace when my eyes close in death.

Sovereignty's saddle

borne on Her back alone,

with easy gait rides the Shining Jewel of my sky.

Rose and the apple,

Great Mother's love is Her throne.

Crown of Winter, Her shining hope lifts my heart high.

--by Jenny Brown, inspired by: "The First Word I Say" from the Black Book of Carmarthen as translated by Owen Davies in "Celtic Christianity in Early Medieval Wales" (1996). University of Wales Press, Cardiff.

Somebody actually stole 483 gold coins from the Celtic-Roman Museum in Manching, Germany. I saw them during a field study as an undergrad and I can't get over that those are lost to the public and we are bereft of them very likely forever. Bavaria's Minister for Culture called that rightly a "Catastrophe"

@archaeodons #archaeodons #histodons @histodons @historikerinnen

Made some 1,400 years ago: Complete wooden vessels are rarely preserved. Due to a damp environment, a wooden pitcher, a canteen, a small barrel, and a large beaker, and a candle holder have been preserved in quite good condition. They were found at the early medieval burial site in Oberflacht.

Photo: Landesmuseum Württemberg


Clarification: I'm not opposed to anyone who chooses to use CWs on these topics. But it must remain a choice, when it comes to urgent matters of people's safety.

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