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Curious object[edit]

Item found at Reculver in Kent, England, before 1784

Hi, I wonder if anyone here might know what the illustrated item is, or know someone who does! Presumably it's a badge of some sort. It was reported found "clinging to the tine of a harrow" at Reculver in Kent, England, in 1784, and is illustrated at Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica I, 1784, Plate V, fig. 8 (facing p. 85). There's no indication of its size but, given the size of the illustration in relation to the other items shown in the plate, I suspect the illustration in the book might be actual size (i.e. about half the size of the thumbnail image here). The description is here, and the plate is a couple of pages before. I've searched for this or any similar item online but not found anything terribly helpful. Any helpful thoughts gratefully received. Cheers. Nortonius (talk) 11:30, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Based on the compass and square with an enclosed C/G at the bottom of the 4, Hebrew-like lettering and 6-pointed star, it seems to be Masonic and likely does not long predate the publication of the book. Perhaps someone familiar with such imagery may be able to tell you more. • Astynax talk 18:08, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
Great, thanks for the response – I'm sure you're right, having just had a look around at masonic symbols and their meanings online. I'm not aware of knowing any masons, but then I don't suppose I would be unless I were one, hmm a bit of a Catch 22 there. Thinking of the "G" between the compass and square, Reculver seems a bit of a remote spot to find a badge featuring a symbol that might have originated in North America and not been around very long in 1784 (per this). I'm very grateful, if you or anyone else think of anything to add please do. Cheers. Nortonius (talk) 18:55, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
Hi Nortonius - have you found an answer to this? If not, you can certainly ask WP:WikiProject Freemasonry. -- Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 16:16, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
That's very kind, thank you – I've got no further than what's here so that would be a good next step. Cheers. Nortonius (talk) 12:42, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Lost city of Ubar[edit]

I need some help finding the Lost city of Ubar, or more specifically some clarification on what SIR-C/X-SAR found and how Iram of the Pillars relates (or not). Please follow up here. Thanks! -- ke4roh (talk) 21:13, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Prehistoric Norfolk[edit]

Can someone take a look at Prehistoric Norfolk ? There's 6 different kinds of references going on here, and references and content running into each other, several separate references sections in the middle of content sections. It's rather a mess, and has been so since atleast 2009. -- (talk) 11:21, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Problems with article about Secondary Burial[edit]

As stated in my comment , the article Secondary Burial seems to be a mixture of two different subjects. JRoseAndersen (talk) 14:34, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Requested move at talk:Neanderthal extinction hypotheses[edit]

There's a move discussion for Neanderthal extinction hypothesesNeanderthal extinction, where I'd like to have more input. --Cold Season (talk) 00:13, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

New article about Bronze Age site in Hungary[edit]

Százhalombatta-Földvár has just entered mainspace from AFC. The article needs quite a lot of help from subject specialists. It seems like the original author has listed practically everything that has ever been written about the site as references - the list is longer than the rest of the entire article! I've also tagged it for better categories, orphan, etc. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 16:06, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

2013 paper on the Solutrean hypothesis[edit]

"Refuting the technological cornerstone of the Ice-Age Atlantic crossing hypothesis" Journal of Archaeological Science 40 (2013) [1]. Dougweller (talk) 18:00, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Internet Archaeology goes open access[edit]

Internet Archaeology has just announced that it is to become an open access journal. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 20:04, 30 September 2014 (UTC)


Speaking of Internet Archaeology (see above), I see that they are using ORCID identifiers. ORCID is an open system of identifiers for people - particularly researchers and the authors of academic papers; but also contributors to other works, not least Wikipedia editors. ORCIDs are a bit like ISBNs for books or DOIs for papers. You can register for one, free, at As well as including your ORCID in any works to which you contribute, you can include it in your user page using {{Authority control}} thus: {{Authority control|ORCID=0000-0001-5882-6823}} (that template can also include other identifies, such as VIAF and LCCN - there's an example on my user page). ORCID identifiers can also be added to biographical articles, either directly or via Wikidata. See WP:ORCID for more. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 20:08, 30 September 2014 (UTC)