User talk:Simon Burchell

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Tyrian purple[edit]

As you can see on my talk page at User talk:Dougweller#Olmecs, we have a new editor who doesn't understand our attitude towards sources. I don't know what will happen about that, but the recent edits at ATyrian purple suggesting the Phoenicians went to Mexico are a problem. Can you help? I suspect there are two issues - handling the 1909 Zelia Nuttall source which it appears no one has seriously discussed and some OR in the rest of the edit. Thanks. Dougweller (talk) 15:22, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Sorry for the late response. I'll see if I can take a look when I get a spare minute. All the best, Simon Burchell (talk) 08:26, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Clearbury Ring[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Manche Ch'ol[edit]

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Barnstar[edit]

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A well deserved barnstar from an admirer of your contributions! I was originally working on articles related to New Spain a few years ago, but never got back into the swing of gathering all of the necessary sources that I could have potentially used (because of my lackluster Spanish)! Your contributions to the Spanish conquests of various Mesoamerican regions (Petén, Guatemala, and the Yucatán) are extensive and informative, and almost makes me want to create a New Spain badge just for your work! It's inspiring, and definitely appreciated! LeftAire (talk) 21:17, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! Simon Burchell (talk) 08:52, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

RE: Thanks![edit]

Thanks for the barnstar! I was perusing your User page and noticed that you occasionally upload pictures of Mesoamerican sites. Do you, per chance, have any images of stelae at Piedras Negras? Weird question out of left field, I know, but I can't seem to find any in the Commons. Thanks again!--Gen. Quon (Talk) 14:50, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Unfortunately, I have not (yet) visited Piedras Negras - I did have a look for photos on Flickr a few years ago but didn't find much, I'll have another look on the offchance someone has uploaded something new. All the best, Simon Burchell (talk) 14:52, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
No worries! Thanks for the response.--Gen. Quon (Talk) 15:09, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Question about Maya glyphs[edit]

Sorry to bug you again, but you seem like a person who might be able to answer this question. I've started to make some vectors of glyphs, mostly for the kings of Piedras Negras. I'm using Illustrator, and I'm kind of new at it, so some of the lines are coming out a little funny. Is there a sort of margin of wonkiness that is accepted, or should I just start over? The two I've uploaded are of Ha' K'in Xook and K'inich Yat Ahk II. Can glyphs be uploaded under public domain since they could technically be considered "fonts"?--Gen. Quon (Talk) 00:59, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

I've had a look at the two you've done and they look fine. I've uploaded a few placename glyphs myself, and I think they can be released PD, although I'm not particularly clued up on the intricacies of CC licenses. All the best, Simon Burchell (talk) 08:20, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! I'll just go with it and see what happens.--Gen. Quon (Talk) 13:25, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

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Sedgehill and Semley[edit]

Thanks for correcting my mistake in Castle Rings, Wiltshire. Consequently I undid my edits on the two village pages (Sedgehill and Semley) so you got three for the price of one! Wire723 (talk) 18:39, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

No problem - apparently they were separate parishes once, but were merged. Best regards, Simon Burchell (talk) 08:20, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

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Cross dyke[edit]

I'd be grateful for a reference that explains how a cross dyke can be shown to serve the function of a boundary line without serving as a defensive earthwork. You clearly have much more knowledge of relevant fields, but the references in Cross dyke don't give an explanation that overrides my understanding of military technology and I haven't found an independent reference that improves on them. If I were looking for a way to embody the concepts of Ringwork and Spur castle with early Iron Age technology, I'd build something that would look a lot like a cross dyke; the other explanations seem to lack an explanations of why they were across ridges, why they were of relatively short length or both. I'll admit to being completely baffled by "pit alignments", although, being perhaps less effort to make, they seem to fit the boundary line explanation better than cross dykes, per se.--Wcoole (talk) 21:26, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

It was not easy finding references for cross dykes and I'm quite please I managed to get as much into the article as I did, I think they are very much under-studied. Unfortunately, as far as I have been able to determine, the material just isn't there to go in depth on how a cross dyke may serve as a boundary without being defensive. Of course, it doesn't help that there are a multitude of different names for the feature, and many that have been classified simply as linear earthworks and suchlike. All the best, Simon Burchell (talk) 09:21, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Spanish conquest of Yucatán[edit]

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reassessment maya religion[edit]

Simon, since there are now many references to sources throughout the text, wouldn't the maya religion article deserve a B-status? 86.87.32.141 (talk) 10:28, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I've reassessed it. There are still a few paragraphs and subsections that are lacking references, but it certainly seems to be reasonably comprehensive. All the best, Simon Burchell (talk) 15:31, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Wow Mr. Burchell. Your contributions are absolutely awesome! Keep up the amazing work. :) Xochiztli (talk) 09:28, 8 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! Simon Burchell (talk) 09:33, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Spanish conquest of Yucatán[edit]

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DYK nomination of Spanish conquest of Yucatán[edit]

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