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Cats and my practice

Cats have always been part of my life and part of my practice as a historian. In this selection of photographs the white cat leaning on the model is Drucilla the Lunt Roman Fort working cat. I recruited Drucilla from the Cats Protection League as a working cat. She immediately moved in with the lady next door who fed her salmon.

The tabby “helping” to make my New Stone Age costume is called Zach. Zack immediately fell in love with the smell of leather and fighting the naughty flax as it vanished between the leather.

Cats were domesticated in the Middle East and the Egyptian word for cat is Mawo. Bronze Age / Stone Age language seems to have been onomatopoeia based. I imagine the first man to see a cat saying “What are you?”and the cat replying “Mawo!”