My own personal favourite was the individual who, in an exam, managed to confuse the name of the British King (Caratacus) with the Iron Age town (Camulodunum) stating confidently that:
"Upon defeating the people of Camulodunum, the emperor Claudius entered Caratacus in triumph"
A particularly startling mental image (and one so far sadly avoided by reconstruction artists).
From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Gareth Talbot
Sent: 11 December 2009 09:50
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Bloopers needed for upcoming book....
Not student bloopers, but professional ones from grey literature I recall:
"An archaeological watching brie was maintained during..."
"A trial tench was excavated....."
and my favourite....
"....a line of post-medieval tits was recorded during the excavation undertaken
in advance of the construction of an extension at...."
On Fri, 11 Dec 2009 05:46:33 +0000, John Wood
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>I remember when I was at school studying Medieval history one of my
chums handed in an essay entitled 'The Pheasant's Revolt'.
From: Caryn M. Berg <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Fri, 11 December, 2009 5:42:20
Subject: [BRITARCH] Bloopers needed for upcoming book....
College student bloopers are needed, for a book to be published by Mitch Allen and Left Coast Press. Any and all areas desired: history, archaeology, English, science, etc. Bloopers already collected from student essays, exams, and research papers include gems such as "The Israelites...wondered in the dessert for 40 years." Please send via email to Eric Cline at [log in to unmask] Please also include a statement giving express permission to include the bloopers in the book. Students should not be named, nor will you be except in a general acknowledgements section. Apologies in advance for cross-listing; please feel free to forward this message.
Caryn M. Berg, Ph.D.
Left Coast Press
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