[ NEWS ] Archaeologists say Anglo-Saxon sword discovery “couldn’t have been better scripted”
- By Ben Miller
- X-rays will be carried out on an Anglo-Saxon sword found alongside beads, bodies and more in neolithic Wiltshire
Archaeologists have praised the timing and good fortune of a barrow dig on Salisbury Plain which has culminated in the discovery of 13 Anglo-Saxon graves, adding to around 62 already found at the site during previous excavations.
A surprising Anglo-Saxon burial, found in a crouched position, a range of weapons, including spearheads and shield bosses, and the fourth example of a brooch-bearing woman were among the highlights during five weeks of investigations at Barrow Clump, a Neolithic settlement which later became a Bronze Age burial mound and Saxon cemetery,
“The finding of the Anglo-Saxon sword, by Steve Winterton, couldn’t have been better scripted,” said Phil Andrews, of Wessex Archaeology, who admitted that this year’s excavations had exceeded his “relatively modest” expectations.
“Perhaps my most satisfying moment was the discovery of Lieutenant Colonel Hawley’s late 19th century excavation trench – something we had failed to find in previous seasons.
"Having a cherry-picker on site on Thursday gave us a chance to see the results of our work from above.
"The final burial was lifted on Friday and all recording completed. The last people left site on Saturday and by the end of Tuesday the excavation trenches had been backfilled and we said our farewells to Barrow Clump.
“It proved to be a very good year for beads, particularly glass, with a range of shapes, sizes and colours found with three of the female burials.
“Barrow Clump has always come up with pleasant surprises, and it is without doubt a site to remember for all the right reasons.”
Processing and post-excavation work will continue for the rest of the year, including x-rays of the sword.
Sources: Copyright © 2014 Culture 24 | Photo source © Wessex Archaeology
"They gon’ drive out the black element to make the galaxy quote, unquote, safe for white folks. And Jedi’s the most insulting installment! Because Vader’s beautiful black visage is sullied when he pulls off his mask to reveal a feeble, crusty, old white man! They tryin’ to tell us that deep inside we all wants to be white!" ~ Hooper X
That or it’s just more likely that Luke and Leia’s parent(s) would be white because they’re both, rather conspicuously, white.
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Ok, so the poverty statistics aside, because that’s the product of societal failure, it annoys me when statistics are used to sensationalize things:
Ferguson has a population of 21,135. If the stats above area accurate, that means 12,681 of those people are black.
in 2013, 519 arrests were made. That’s 2.45% of the town’s population.
It’s common knowledge that criminal activity occurs more frequently in impoverished areas, and if the reported stats are accurate 28% of the ‘black population’ live below the poverty line, with 24% of ‘total population’. 28% of the black population would be 3,550 people, 24% of total population would be 5,072 people. 3,550 is 69% of 5,072, meaning that of the people who may statistically be more inclined to commit crimes due to their poor living conditions, the majority happen to be black.
So, taking the number of arrests (519), we can see that 93% of the people arrested were black, in a town where 60% of inhabitants are black, and whose impoverished population are 69% black. This is not indicative of systemic racism. You could throw a rock in Ferguson, MO and have a 60% chance of hitting a black person; that doesn’t mean ‘black people are victims of a rock-throwing injustice because more of them get hit.”
"1 in 3 white people vs. 1 in 5 black people were carrying contraband"
Firstly, we’re not told how many people were stopped in total so let’s just go crazy and say every single inhabitant of Ferguson, MO has been searched for contraband:
There are 8,454 white people. 1 in 3 people makes 2,818 people carrying contraband
There are 12,681 black people. 1 in 5 people makes 2,536 people carrying contraband.
LOOK AT THE STAGGERING DIFFERENCE! That’s right, there isn’t one. The instance of contraband is directly proportional to the race division in the town. In a town of 21,135, that’s a 1.33% disparity.
1) it’s just as racist to use cherrypicked statistics to imply white oppression as it is to try and categorize behaviour based on race in general
2) in a town where the majority of citizens are purple, the majority of arrests will be made on purple people. In a town where the majority of citizens are blue with yellow spots, the majority of people who are impoverished, criminal, or whatever else will be blue with yellow spots. What colour the people are is not a causal factor in their behaviour, nor is it indicative of wrongdoing or prejudice at the hands of people of another colour.
3) this whole thing seems to be glazing over any possibility that the inhabitants of Ferguson, MO are anything other than black or white