AN EGYPTIAN AMETHYST BEAD MIDDLE KINGDOM, Dynasty XI-XIV, 2040-1640 B.C. In the form of a hippopotamus, reclining on its left side with the legs turned out, its head raised, perforated horizontally for suspension 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) long
"A visual reminder that Georgian dining by candlelight wasn't only romantic - it was also a bit dim. Even the most formal table ablaze with candles still gave off only about as much total light as a modern 100 watt lightbulb. Photo from the fantastic historic costumer/historian Natalie Garbett."
The Skálholt Map. The first version was made in 1570 by Sigurd Stefánsson. Stefánsson attempted to plot the American locations mentioned in the Vinland Saga on a map of the North Atlantic. Stefánsson’s original is lost; this copy dates from 1669, and was included in description of Iceland by Biørn Jonsen of Skarsaa. The map mixes real, fictional and rumoured geography.