Chris Sedden was looking at scans of a site near where he lived, and spotted something “a bit odd, and a bit round.” It might be a lost henge! Plus: the community of Dorset finds a way to hold the annual “knob”-eating contest even while everyone’s staying home.

Lost henge? Digging archaeology online during lockdown (The Guardian)

World-famous ‘Knob-eating contest’ held online for the fist time ever (Times Now News)

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One of the ways people are trying to fill their extra time these days is by taking classes online.

Keeping our brains engaged can be fun, and who can’t benefit from picking up a new skill or two?

That’s what Chris Sedden was up to.

His usual job as a professional wedding photographer is on hold right now, and so he decided to do a little online archaeology.

He was looking at lidar images – essentially topography scans – that were taken above areas not far from where he lives in England, along the River Trent.

And as he told The Guardian, he spotted something in one of the scans, something that wasn’t obvious from the aerial photos of the same spot.

What he saw looked “a bit odd, and a bit round.”

And so he decided to join an archaeology class run by DigVentures and see what others made of it.

They had plenty to say.

Given the looks of the site, and given what other ancient sites are nearby, the hypothesis now is that this may have been the site of a henge.

We won’t know for sure until digging resumes, but even if it isn’t, there are several thousand people taking part in this course, and the company says other students have spotted some oddities of their own.

Who knows what all they might turn up?

Not a bad return on investment for a single class.

A lot of communities have had to put off some of their most beloved events, but not Dorset, in southwest England.

They have an annual contest in which people eat as many of the local biscuits, known as knobs, as they can in a minute.

They moved the contest online, but it still happened!

And a local won!

Kate Scott was determined that someone from the area would get top honors, and finished eight and a half of the knobs to take first place.

The knob throwing contest will have to wait until next year, though.