[Milton-L] Off Topic . . . But Relevant to English Literature
nbcharlton at comcast.net
Fri Sep 25 10:58:56 EDT 2009
There is an article with video on the NY Times site today:
This one is a little more coherent than most about this. No one has yet
so far as I've seen written anything about how the site was developed.
One would like to know whether trained archaeologists
mapped the site and photographed each layer of excavation. How did such
a huge treasure get there in the first place? How deep was it buried?
How did it come to be so well hidden than no plow uncovered it in 1200
years of farming, battles, etc.? What safeguards and security measures
were taken while it was still in the field? Whom did Mr Herbert (the
guy with the metal detector)notify of the treasure? The authorities?
Academic or museum bigwigs? What providence kept the treasure from
being bulldozed for a road? How come the museum in Birmingham put
together what appears to be a curated exhibit so quickly?
As for Latin, weren't the Anglo-Saxons great fnns of Vergil? And weren't
there more than a few missionary priests among them in the Dark Ages,
making Latin more likely to be used than it might hve been among pagan
Was there ever any refernce to such a huge treasure in any of the
chronicles or accounts of the time, or later? It doesn't seem likely
that such a heist, such a looting, such a preservation would go unnoted.
Too many murder mysteries, too little Milton!
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