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How to wear your sword

Chalk parisi smI dropped in on Dr. Nick Thorpe in the Archaeology Department of the University of Winchester the other day. We talked all around how chalk appears from our past: artefacts, the Stonehenge and Dorset Cursuses, the way it preserves bones, and this Parisi chalk figurine. Isn’t he great! In the scientific paper that contains this illustration the discussion was not about the overall design, the warriors obvious virility, or why he seems to be wearing a Jedi-style hood, instead it focussed on how the sword was being worn on the back, rather than slung from the hip. Isn’t this how the Ninja wore their swords? Now I want to locate this figure and go and see it for real. Thanks Nick for a fascinating visit, and good luck with your fieldwork this summer.

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