18 September, 2019

Understanding Hadrian's Wall ~ Part III ~ The Hidden Disaster Video . . .

Please excuse the delay, Part III has been on adventure, it disappeared off on a weeks unscheduled leave to digital Neverland.
The Theoretical Structural Archaeology data centre asynchronous binary server farm suffered a failure - a real black screen job.  There are some things in life you can't fix with a trowel or a hammer. However, as a result of my misspent midlife in the real world, my little dark grey Chinese friend now has a new hard disc, and is now operating in new two digit windows environment, which is shedding new light on an old, and as it turns out,  somewhat incompatible system.
To cut a long and stressful week short, all was recovered and rehoused to a new Seagate home with a new windows to look out of by 5.20 am on the Sunday of the following week.
I can only apologise for the quality, particularly the sound, hopefully, this and other technical issues have been addressed.

In the future, I may re-edit these first three this as a single more succinct video, as well as producing a more technical [ / more boring] video about the archaeology of the Wall.

Hopefully, we can get on with some videos about prehistoric buildings, and how this conflicts with the views of the imaginary people interacting the imaginary landscapes in the imagination of academics.  Walk through 3d graphics don't work well in PPS.
I would like to thank my family, and friends, particularly Andy and Raph for their support, even Guy Opperman, for at least being prepared to listen, although Heritage & Higher Education hardly registers MP's corruption radar.
Special Thanks to The Beacon Club, Hexham.

Burnt Bridges
 I do now have a Macmillan nurse and a couple operations coming up soon, so it was important for me to stake a claim to these ideas because Jane Webster and Neill Marshall have ensured they cannot be accepted while I am alive. Thanks to Prof Andrew for explaining the facts of death to my Mother, she now understands this is the only way forward for my work.
I wanted to go into full on iconoclastic mode, but I have railed about duplicitous mendacious academics completely unconscious of their own conceits, and the decent of another institution into the post-truth zeitgeist, many times before.  After all, power, without the freedom to abuse it, is just a responsibility, which is why allowing universities a monopoly and their staff a job for life has been a disaster for archaeology.
I hope this video demonstrates, that while narratives may appear credible to the school leavers, the most credulous of whom will go on teach them, a lot of what you are sold by universities can be debunked in short order by a return to a traditional evidence based approach to archaeology.
Caveat Emptor



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Illustrations
This Video uses based on images from Google Earth: http://www.google.com/earth/index.html 
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e2/Agricola.Campaigns.78.84.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bf/Bronze_head_of_Hadrian_found_in_the_River_Thames_in_London.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/69/Statue_of_Hadrian_from_Tel_Shalem.jpg



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  Special Guest  Non-appearance
                           
Courtesy of Tyne & Wear Museums 
                          
~ Horse Toilets  ~


Hodgson N. & Bidwell P. T. Auxiliary Barracks in a New Light: Recent 
Discoveries on Hadrian's Wall.   Britannia Vol. 35 (2004), pp. 121-157
                           

Truly this is the death of reason 
& the most fantastic  thing ever 
published in a peer reviewed journal

R.I.P Britannia 

The Journal of Romano-British and Kindred Horse Sanitation Studies

4 comments:

Geoff Carter said...

I screwed up the visual joke at the end, [among other things], so a updated version will be available soon.

dustbubble said...

OOOOOH kay... See you soonish, when Hampshire no longer wants me.

Geoff Carter said...

. . . . look forward to it, meanwhile you'll be busy on Rotten Tomatoes writing spurious 5 star reviews of all ~ 152 minutes of Understanding Hadrian's Wall starring Stan Lee.
Keep an eye out for horse toilets in Hampshire ~ treacherous things for the unwary.

Geoff Carter said...

Thanks to roving English Language correspondents a new and corrected version for non-dyslexics has been uploaded.
Production assistant Tiny failed to spot some of the more glaring errors and I am beginning to suspect his literacy is no more than might be expected of a domestic cat.