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  1. Any diggers lurking about? As we get into March and April things will start to pick up. I know of at least 4 sites that are being stripped right now. Due to the sensitive nature of archaeology and the threat of looters, bung me a PM and I will let you know whats what when I learn more. Sites are on the outskirts of Munich and the potential for features (think Hallstatt through to early Med) is good.


    As with any digging job, a driving licence is useful, as is knowledge of German methodologies - i.e box every feature and don't be too precious about it.




  2. Forget that plonker Jamie. He is a rank amateur and nothing more than a glorified pub cook.


    Perhaps you would consider the following:




    This is a reprint. Get an original from the late 60's/70's as it has pleasing pen and ink pictures of the food. Great recipes, basically french rural cooking with some great descriptions eg (From memory) Saucisson et Pommes de Terres (excuse French spelling)..."this...is the truth".

    A pretty profound cook book.


    I also heartily recommend the following:



    This is basically the standard texts that Chefs read to get qualified. No names you would know from the TV here but this really is the Bible, next to a Mrs Beeton (and she is another author you should consider getting...any British restaurant worth its salt will have her on the bookshelf). The book on the link is the latest 4th edition but any of the older editions will serve you well. Not a flashy book by any means but it is fantastic in its depth and breadth, covering everything from mastering pastry, knowing your cuts of meat, translating classic French culinary terms into English, to the recipes themselves.


    If space was not an issue, i would have Floyd and Delia alongside the above books. If you want one book that covers pretty much every eventuality, get Advanced Practical Cookery (or at least the associated "Foundation" level book)


    After writing all that, I would say that don't feel you have to follow a recipe from a book slavishly...don't be afraid to experiment. That's half the fun of it :)




  3. I am looking to grow my business in 2011 and am considering using a pay-per-click method for advertising. However, just a quick search on some of the associated forums reveal that this can be fraught with problems e.g. the competition bombing your ad, the ad carrier blocking your account for (apparently) no reason etc


    I appreciate that this is a public forum and that writing something like "such and such company did XYZ...bunch of crooks" would not really be healthy for the poster but if anyone could give me some positive recommendations I would really appreciate it.(although if have real horror stories then feel free to PM me)


    I am a self-employed Joe Average and cannot afford to make a mistake - I want to get it right first time...if you have any insights, please share them.






  4. I have been stopped by the undercover rozzers many times.It used to freak me out but now I have had my fill of what are essentially Gestapo/Stasi tactics.I guess old habits die hard. These days I insist on seeing their details and taking names and numbers. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Don't let them faze you.


  5. Not in Berlin but:

    I was on a job back in April/May nearAugsburg on a site which had been an Me262 base at the end of the war and had been pretty well plastered by the USAAF. They were building a new Lidl or Aldi and I had to check the ground for archaeology (It was directly next to a Roman road). We were told that the area had been cleared of any munitions and that we could start our dig. Turned out that was not quite the case...

    Halfway through the dig the EOD guy turned up and asked what we doing...did we not get the message that there were at least 2 500lbers buried on our site along with plenty of 2cm Flak munitions? Given that only Indiana Jones uses little paint brushes to find his treasure and that we were using pick axes and spades, the implications of finding munitions during our dig were quite serious.

    That was on a Thursday. Friday comes and its lunch time...did I want a beer with my lunch the EOD guy asked? Sure, I would love one. He has a case in his car. We down a second one. I figured that as it was Friday he would be finishing early. No. He gets back in his JCB and trundles off to find more big-bangey things. Unbelievable. Only in Bavaria. At least he was wearing steel-capped boots and a viz-vest...those'll save him.


    I picked up some cool souvenirs from the EOD firm...some big chunks of shrapnel, a Wehrmacht tent peg and even a couple of bits of of aircraft that had been blown to bits in 1945.


    I was surprised to learn that civilian contractors do an awful lot of this work.I expected it to be the exclusive domain of the Bundeswehr


  6. I had a chat with those very helpful people in the Landesampt - they bent over backwards to help me. The long and short of it is that Archbau have the contract for the Freiham job but that they have finished. The job only started in November and there is no way a giant site like that would be stripped, dug and recorded in such a short time so I am guessing that they meant "finished for now". Ok, I have no idea of what and how much archaeology (if any - but I would be very surprised if there was none...there was a dig this year that uncovered a nice Romano-Raetian well within a stones throw ...probably associated with a Villa Rustica or Gutshof) they found but I am guessing that the job will continue in the new year.




  7. I have heard through the grapevine that a massive job will/has recently started somewhere in the vicinity of Freiham here in Munich. Word is that this job is so big (of the cuff I heard 800sq hectares was being developed as part of the A8 autobahn development, however I have not had that confirmed) that it will likely give the crew work until next summer - they will work through the winter,which is a wee bit unusual for here. I have no idea as yet which firm has the contract but if I find out I can let interested parties know...that is if you are still looking for work. On the other hand,if you have any tips, then please share them.


    I spoke to the firm doing that massive job up in Berlin (they found some nazi "degenerate" art recently) Alexanderplatz but they were not hiring. A terrible shame as Berlin is a cool place to have to live in for work.


    I am waiting on a go-date for a job that my regular firm has just won "somewhere near Munich". If any positions are free and you don't mind digging and trying to draw on paper (no permatrace here) in crappy winter conditions, I'll let you know.




  8. To get to the Museum of Welsh Life you need a No32 from Central Station. From town the journey is about 30-40 minutes if memory serves - and it depends on the road conditions of course. Ask the driver to give you a shout when you get there,although you'll know you are getting close when the houses give way to forest on your right and fields dipping away to your left. In the museum be sure to visit the Celtic/Iron Age Village...they usually have a fire going in the middle on the hearth and on a cold wintery day its quite a nice effect, trying to imagine how people survived in ye olden tymes.

    Skip eating in the museum cafe - normally full of screaming nippers and instead take a look at the Plymouth Arms pub which will be opposite the bus stop where you got off (Cannot remember if its a Brains or HB pub). Although now part of a pub chain, the food is still pretty good and what you want from a pub - pies, meat, fish and various sorts of spuds although they will have vege options. Check out the Medieval church and graveyard opposite.


    Also worth a look if you time or inclination are Cardiff Castle (it seems steep to get in - best part of a tenner - but you can easily spendthe best part of a day there exploring the castle, the keep, the grounds with its Peacocks (honest) and various exhibitions) and Llandaf (bus 24 or 25 from Central Station). Llandaf is a very quaint village which hasbeen swallowed up by city expansion but rertains its charm...the Medieval cathedral and Bishops Palace (read "Castle"), preaching cross, St Teilio's Well and of course the pubs (try the Butcher's Arms) are all worth a visit. About 15mins from Central on a good day.


    Hope this inspires you to see a little bit of Cardiff's history.Have a good trip and stay off the Penderyn...far too young and insipid...you might as well be drinking Famous Grouse ;-)


  9. I could comment here about the abuse thrown at Afrika Korps and Fallschirmjager vets and women who had the honour of being raped and abused as 12 and 13 year olds by the glorious,all-conquering RKKA at the church service at Columbiadamm by Tempelhof last Sunday.(Of COURSE they were all in on it...every jack of them...GUILTY!)


    I paid my respects to the British and Commonwealth dead on Heer Strasse on the 11th, to our (then) enemies on Sunday. I had my photo taken several times by those who would like to revert to some fairy-tale Soviet style republic where everything is just beautiful and nice, just like in the good old days. At the very least, these people taking pictures and trying to drown out the priest were anti-democratic in spirit.It was after all, a ceremony of remembrance, not a rally for boneheads.

    I was one of a handful of young people there (young is a relative word) who has interviewed and recorded the experiences of some of those present.I really do not see 89 and 90 year olds as being the progenitors of some 4th Reich.

    As part of the service, the Last Post was played for a Trooper Singh, Gurhka Brigade, who died in captivity in WW1. Obviously a Narz as well. We also paid respects to the Tzarist prisoners who died as PoWs in the Great War. Monarchist Fascist scum the lot of lot them no doubt.


    But I won't mention any of this because obviously I must be some sort of Fash-Narz Bose for daring to have an interest in the period and to have dared to befriend old German people.


    Democracy is a great thing, init?


  10. If you are a sadist, visit Wick and Thurso.Nowt to do except bitch about the weather and get stuck into the booze. Seriously though,the Highlands have some very interesting places to visit - if you like old stuff like stone circles etc - and the Orkneys are really close to Thurso. You can get a connecting flight to Wick from Edinburgh with BA. Its a wee little plane and they really fly it - you feel every bump, quiteexciting compared to the usual flight you get on a big jet.


    In Edinburgh be sure to visit the Museum of Scotland, which as museums go,is pretty kick-a*se. Just across the road is Greyfrairs Kirkyard, home of spooks and some exceptional graveside art - very gothic, very atmospheric. The castle is about ten quid to get in but you can spend a day there easily (tip* have a look at the eagle standard that Ensign Ewart ofthe Scot's Greys captured at Waterloo)


    If you like like a dram, maybe consider joining the Scotch Malt Whisky Soc as they have two great private clubs in Edinburgh - one in the Newtown and one in Leith. The latter is very "Rowly Birkin" if you know what I mean :)




  11. Sorry for not being able to keep on top of this thread - some scumbag hacked my computer, stole some dosh and then left a prezzie that killed the machine when we took it off. Normal service now resumed...hopefully.


    Serenajean1 is right when she mentions the lack of teeth on the jaw. This was a woman who died in her 50's. Her lower teeth had fallen out some considerable time prior to death as the sockets had fused over (If you have had your wisdom teeth out, you will know that after a while the hole starts to grow over). Being 50 something, she would have been a real senior citizen in the village. The hole in the head was post-mortem, either rot or where a plant had put down a root.


    This job is now finished - dug all the village and skeletons so I can reveal that this was actually in Aufhausen (Erding way if you don't know it), right next to the Amadeus building.


  12. Moondancer - no blade through neck for this individual. If only we had found something as dramatic as that!


    Serenajean - the jaw is the "U" or "C" shaped bone under the skull. The fact that that it is detached like that is further proof that this person had a coffin. When the jaw muscles rot, the jaw falls off. It can do this because there is a void in the coffin. When you just bury a body in the soil, the earth prevents the jaw from dropping off - although the bones are frequently disturbed by animals.(It depends on how deep they are)


    Ok, gonna narrow this down a bit...any indications of how old this person was when they died?


  13. Meester Spider Pig, I assume that your ex was a talented girl then? Best say no more on that as this is a family show...

    As this person was found "near Munich" they would probably consider themselves Bajuvarian rather than German. Female? Yes. Lower manidible...ohh you are very warm...what about it?


    @Serenajean - no hooks here, only hooky-shaped bones :)


  14. @jeremy - if you look at the report (follow the link) you will see aa aerial photo and a map.It was near the golf course.


    @moondancer - I will have a looksy and see what if I have any more pics to tantalise.


    Right, off to dig up more stiffs.


  15. Some good answers here. Thriller? LMAO - I like it. Spider Pig - I apologise for the lack of scale in the photo - the one on the left was about 1.70m high. Moondancer has hit the nail on the head though - on the right, the leg bones are very long compared to the arms and torso. The bones are all in situ - they have not been moved by either animals looking for tasty snacks nor by myself. This person lived to be about 20 years old. They had Polio. The other one was buried in a coffin (a sign of some status - you can see how we were able to dig out the shape of the coffin. They had typical female grave goods of the period.However,what raises a few questions is that if we had not hadthe grave goods,we would have said that this individual was male - the shape of the pelvis, skull (particularly the forehead) and the chin/lower jaw all pointed towards a male. A biological male anyway.


    So we have two individuals who stood out as being different - one with a severe disability and one who was either a very masculine looking female or a fella who was buried - for whatever reasons - with female gear. Interesting, nah?


    More details on this and other digs here:





    (Just scroll down)


  16. Not been to Mainz yet Moondancer, although being a bit of a Romanist, it is on my list. As for your graves only being from about AD400-600, thats fine, all interesting stuff - they all have their stories to tell. When was the dig?


    Do you want to play a game that involves skeletons? Yes? Cool.Look at the photo and tell me what is wrong with the one on the right. (The one on the left was also interesting although you cannot really see why in the pic)


    This was taken just last month "somewhere near Munich" ;)



  17. The report and associated time-lapse video were published a little while back and I thought locals might be interested in seeing them. The report is in German of course but has plenty of pictures :D whilst the video is self-explanatory.


    I did not work on this site (I was in Friedburg by Augsburg and the site is still being dug and therefore not yet published although if anyone wants to see some pics I can certainly put them up - we had a very very nice high status Bronze Age burial - dagger, a big chunky bangle and big bronze chain around the neck - as well as a probable WW2 trench system/Flak battery on top) so I cannot really answer any specific questions. Still, I hope it interests you.







    Youtube video:



  18. A pal of mine came here from the US to work as an English teacher. His work permit specifically stated "English Teacher". His work is awfully patchy at the moment and I would like to help the guy out by giving him a bit of work on a self-employed basis. The work is not teaching english but perfect, fluent command of the language is a must. To try and get his permit changed so that he can do other work in the english language sector apart from teaching, should I/we go to the KVK or Auslanderampt?


    I have looked through here trying to find this specific sort of instance and found nowt. Apologies if something has already been posted - I missed it.


    Any pointers much appreciated.