The Osterby Head, late Iron Age to Roman period, on display in the Archaeological Museum, Gottorf Castle, Schleswig

Discovered by peat cutters in 1948, the head was originally found wrapped in a deerskin cape. Despite a thorough search the rest of the body has never come to light. Skeletal evidence suggests that this individual was male and around 50-60 years old. The skull shows evidence of a potentially fatal blunt force injury to the left temple as well as cut marks to the second cervical vertebra from beheading.

The distinctive hairstyle known as the Suebian knot is described by Tacitus in his Germania as typical for free men of the Suebi tribe. This style also appears in Roman artwork and on another bog body found several metres away.

Suebian knot tutorial taken from the museum display at Gottorf Caslte.

Celts, Medieval Monks, and Pirates: The Secrets of the Cíes Islands

Paradisiacal islands near the city of Vigo in the Pontevedra district of Galicia, Spain have been the witnesses to many visitors, stories, and mysteries. Although the area is difficult to live in, people have often tried to settle in this incredibly beautiful place. It is unknown why – maybe because one of the islands has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or maybe for strategic advantages. However, with stories of monks, ruins, beautiful views, and pirates, the Cíes Islands are some of the most mysterious and fascinating places in Europe.

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İşte Hasan Ali Toptaş'ın 'ödünç vermek istemediği kitaplar'
Usta yazar, okuyucuları için 10 kitap önerdi

Pek değerli yazarlarımızdan Hasan Ali Toptaş, ödünç vermek istemediği 10 kitabını açıklamış! Heyecan verici bir liste doğrusu… Okumadıklarımı derhal okumalı ve bir liste de ben çıkarmalıyım! ^-^

“Kitaplığım sadece on kitaptan oluşsaydı herhalde bu kitaplardan oluşurdu. Bir yere giderken yanıma sadece on kitap almak zorunda kalsaydım herhalde bu kitapları alırdım. Bana ödünç vermek istemediğin kitaplar hangileridir diye sorulsaydı, bugün, kesinlikle bu kitapların adını sayardım. Bu nedenle, bence bu listenin adı ‘ödünç vermek istemediğim kitaplar’dır.”

Usually, contemporary pagans espouse the idea that one can only be a true “practicing pagan” if one lives in the countryside or forest. This is not true however, because the Greeks and Romans had fully functioning urban societies based around venerating and honoring their native deities (as did many other ancient societies). I do understand however that a pagan worldview typically is very green and environmentalist; the spirits of the natural world dancing around you via forests, mountains, and all the animals that roam the land. So yes living in a rural environment is obviously ideal for a pagan, but not necessary. You can practice things like prayer, spellcraft, and sorcery virtually anywhere.