Things I learnt last week

Last week I spent a couple of days at the Material Bodies conference, where archaeologists and historians got together to share and compliment each other's work. (This is in no way an attempt to accurate record the conference proceedings, it's just some fun things I made notes of). Things I learnt include: Karen Harvey has a book coming out on Mary Toft, the "woman who gave birth to rabbits". Accounts of Mary Toft turn up in all sorts of places, from the Panacea Museum (and why people believe crazy things) to magicians' texts and history books about why they also work with quiet, pliant animals to produce them from hats. Producing them from a womb is a bit more of a specialist trick. Grave p