Do you like jigsaw puzzles? Or archaeology?

Yes, there's a link between the two--this one: PictishPuzzle.co.uk/.

What it is is a website with a 3-D puzzle. Archaeologists are asking for help piecing together the Hilton of Cadboll Stone, originally erected in about 800CE and now in a bazillion fragments--or the lower part of it is, anyway. Here's one side of the top part of the stone, now in the National Museum of Scotland:

Since most of the carving has been chipped off the rest, you can see how they would want help fitting it all back together! And this is, more or less, how it works:


(Video also viewable on Vimeo and the PictishPuzzle site.)

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Okay, I don't actually get it either. But since I do like jigsaw puzzles--there's something very soothing about putting chaos into order--I'm going to see if I can figure it out (yes, yes, after my deadlines are met), because I really like the idea of scratching my orderliness itch AND doing some archaeological work at the same time. People who fit in pieces properly will even get credit, so that's like a prize! So if you like putting things together, why not give it a go.

[Sources: NBCNews.com and PictishPuzzle.co.uk/.]

(Crossposted to LiveJournal.)

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