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Mongol transliteration[edit]

Could you template these with {{Unicode}}? The Latin gamma won't appear in most users' default browser font, which makes the transliterations look bad otherwise. I'm going through the ones we already have w AWB, but it looks like you still have some to go. (Also, the city names have no transliteration at all, but I assume you're working on that.) — kwami (talk) 20:04, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

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Middleham and other hoards[edit]

Hi BabelStone, thanks for adding Middleham to the list of hoards. Much appreciated! Also, sorry if I seemed at all caustic in my comment about the addition of the Mesolithic site in Guildford - I only noticed that it might come across bluntly after re-reading! Since you seem to have all the right skills, I wondered whether you might be tempted to work more on the Middleham Hoard article or on other English Civil War hoards with support from York Museums Trust's numismatics curator YMT Coins? It would be great for our GLAM-wiki partnership to establish direct links between curators and active editors (other than myself!). Particularly ones with specialist knowledge. Any thoughts? Thanks PatHadley (talk) 14:43, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi Pat, I did have a look at the Middleham Hoard article, but I didn't contribute anything as I thought from your message that some new editors were still working on it ... but as it does not seem to have changed much since then I'll see if there is anything I can do to help. To be honest, I did feel a little put down by your earlier comment; I rather carelessly pulled the offending term out of the air without giving it sufficient thought, for which I apologize. I don't pretend to be an archaeologist (a couple of digs and a term at university in the late 1970s hardly count), but I enjoy contributing to archaeological articles precisely because I am not an expert in the field, and editing helps me learn more about subjects that interest me. BabelStone (talk) 20:06, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
Hi! First of all - Wow! Thanks! The Middleham Hoard article has made great leaps! It is massively appreciated. Secondly: big apologies. I've just gone and re-read my comment about Guildford again and feel very embarrassed - I must have been writing in a massive rush. The irony is that I'm personally very keen on improving the coverage of the Mesolithic on Wikipedia! I appreciate your work on this and other archaeology stuff and hope that we can get past this and work together in the future! Thanks for being magnanimous PatHadley (talk) 22:31, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
You have to be thick-skinned to survive on Wikipedia, so don't give it another thought. I have limited time available for Wikipedia, but I certainly hope to be able to work with you on more archaeology-related articles. Incidentally, I've just noticed that we seem to have three examples of Spanish-American eight reales from the Middleham Hoard on Commons (YORYM-1995.109.16, 17 and 18), but the main source only lists two such coins, which is a little worrying. BabelStone (talk) 22:45, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
That sounds great! I'm currently employing a very top-down approach to archaeology content - working on categories and resources rather than specific articles - as I want to understand the inconsistencies before directing my efforts. If there's anything in particular you'd like help with I'm happy to chip in (less hurriedly!). That's crazy about the extra coin! I'll ask the YMT Coins tomorrow. He'll be thrilled to know that the article has grown too! I'll see if I can find a friendly reviewer so we can cheekily skip the creation backlog too. PatHadley (talk) 22:58, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
Also, if there are images of the Scottish and Irish coins they will probably only exist as black and white photos taken before the hoard was split up. I'll see if they're available for scanning. PatHadley (talk) 23:03, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I think the article is definitely ready for moving into the main space now. BabelStone (talk) 23:18, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
Mystery solved -- there are two genuine Spanish-American coins, but five counterfeits in the hoard. So are the three on Commons genuine or counterfeit? BabelStone (talk) 23:36, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

As it turns out, more than half the coins are counterfeit! Andrew (the curator) thought I knew. I'm about to update the descriptions on Commons. However, this presents an interesting opportunity as coverage on counterfeiting (eg, Counterfeit money and Coin counterfeiting seems pretty poor. Perhaps these coins have new relevance on these topics? What do you think? PatHadley (talk) 13:27, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Ah, that is important to know -- thanks for indicating which the counterfeit coins are (I have now created specific categories for the counterfeit coins on Commons). Those two articles certainly are very poor, but I prefer to edit articles on specific objects, and avoid generalist and overview articles. BabelStone (talk) 21:59, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
Congrats! Sorry about the glitches with creation and a massive thanks for all your hard work. If you have the energy or interest in doing any more editing on the hoard (or others) I have just scanned this book A little Barrel of Ducatoons - Craig Barclay and could email you a copy as reference material. The copyright situation isn't watertight but I'm sure no one would mind you having a copy for the purpose of making improvements. Is that something you'd be up for? Cheers and thanks, PatHadley (talk) 15:16, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
Please do send me a copy of the pdf (my user name at gmail), although I cannot promise that I'll be able to do anything with it. BabelStone (talk) 19:22, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

ITN credit[edit]

--Vejvančický (talk / contribs) 15:36, 8 February 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Nice work with Happisburgh footprints - looks pretty close to GA already. Jamesx12345 20:00, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
Many thanks! BabelStone (talk) 20:03, 8 February 2014 (UTC)

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DYK for Middleham Hoard[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 23:19, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your extraordinary work at the Happisburgh footprints, I hereby award you this barnstar. Your work is indispensable! Happy editing. ComputerJA () 03:36, 12 February 2014 (UTC)
Many thanks for your kind words and encouragement! BabelStone (talk) 19:03, 12 February 2014 (UTC)
More than 160,000 views in five days. Respect. --Vejvančický (talk / contribs) 13:46, 13 February 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I was looking at the stats this morning -- certainly had a lot of interest. I think it's great that Wikipedia is able to feature archaeological stories in the news as well as more traditional stories. BabelStone (talk) 18:46, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

Mongols and Persians[edit]

Do you see any similarity between people of Turkey and Mongols?! I ashore you, there is much similarity between Persian people and Mongols. They are called Hazara people, check it. They live in Iran and Afghanistan, not so much in Turkey, the land of seemingly Pan Turkism .-Raayen (talk) 22:14, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

Take it to the article talk page, I don't discuss article-specific editing disagreements on my talk page. BabelStone (talk) 19:47, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

"Foo Dynasty" or "Foo dynasty"?[edit]

There's an RFC here. Taekwondo Panda (talk) 07:50, 2 March 2014 (UTC)