As some readers may know, I write a regular month-end blog for Archaeology magazine’s website (last Friday of the month to be exact.) Today I posted on the recent rediscovery in Italy of two mummified fingers belonging to Galileo Galilei, the first man to gaze at the night skies through a telescope. I think this seemingly freakish find in Italy tells us an awful lot about how Galileo’s admirers viewed the persecuted scientist after his death. Indeed, I think they saw him as a saintly martyr.
To read more about this, please visit my blog post at Archaeology magazine.