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Ready to froth
#21
Dinosaur Wrote:Hope not


Are you joking? I've lost count of the number of times I have recorded grafitti of all sorts of dates in buildings - it's always facinating, perhaps because it is so ephemeral and represents such a rapid moment in time. Not to mention the potential for useful dating evidence, and a real insight into the people who used a building.
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#22
Last group I did was from the 1950s. Grafitti from Irish Tattie Pickers - ended up in an art gallery as the basis for a show called the Archaeology of the Ordinary. Actually manged to get people who don't normally get invoveld in either modern art or archaeology to come in and get involved
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#23
There is the fantastic runic graffiti in Maes Howe. Totally out of context of its setting, but quite important in its own light shed on the history and archaeology of Orkney
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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#24
RedEarth Wrote:Are you joking? I've lost count of the number of times I have recorded grafitti of all sorts of dates in buildings - it's always facinating, perhaps because it is so ephemeral and represents such a rapid moment in time. Not to mention the potential for useful dating evidence, and a real insight into the people who used a building.

Sorry, meant to say hope so, doh!
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#25
So at what point does the tag sprayed by some toe rag on the railway bridge down the road become historically interesting? With regards to the Punk graffiti that started the thread If I owned the house I would have found some way of getting it off the wall intact and sell it to the highest bidder.
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#26
I was thinking that in terms of understanding how London was in 1976/77, a surviving piece of graffiti that read ' Free George Davis' would probably be of greater social significance than the scrawlings of a punk band. There was such graffiti on the wall outside the Thomas a Becket pub on the Old Kent Road until about 2005 when it was finally removed without any great fuss.....ars longa, vita brevis.....iudicium difficile
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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#27
Never Mind the Bollocks. Full Antiquity interview reprinted here:

http://www.diggingthedirt.com/2011/11/24...-the-fury/
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