Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday 18th November



Quiet week.  Family coming weekend, went to the quiz night at the pub the other night, as the only person who does not eat Harriet's pies, delicious though they may be I got a good pasta dish with garlic bread.  Our table lost at the quiz but we won a bottle of wine in the raffle.  The weather is atrocious, windy, wet and cold, rather worried about the hens and warmth. People come for eggs, and I worry that there won't be enough to go around.  
Think this tree is a beech.


 Jennie (Codlings and Cream) both of us take an interest in archaeology basically because we have studied it in years gone by.  Yesterday they announced a new Anglo-Saxon cemetery found in Norfolk, the burials follow the Christian burial practice of east-west burial and no goods which are often found in Pagan burials, the news can be found here in The Guardian.

Prittlewell Anglo-Saxon burial 1/12 miniature
A brief biographical note: I was married at 23, and then widowed at 27 years old with a young daughter, during 10 years of being on my own, I studied, working sometimes.  Eventually I married my archaeology lecturer, so had a long period of my life looking at sites and digging and working on places such as Castle Acre Priory, drawing etc and looking after the volunteers.

Perhaps for this winter season I shall concentrate on more archaeology, sometimes I think I should be more 'together' in my writing but somehow doubt this will happen.  One of the things that drew me to archaeology was that during my widowed period I lived in Calne, which is about 6 miles from Avebury's stone circle, a place I would take my dog to walk, so perhaps it was inevitable that I would be drawn to archaeology.

As a note; Watched Standing with Stones live talk on F/B last night, when it got over its technical hitches, which was about half an hour, the talk was interesting, people came and asked questions in the 'chat box' and the discussion became quite lively, though I will never believe that Stanton Drew wooden pillared circles were used for pig baiting!

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  1. You are bright and early today! Your interest in archaeology reminded me of an article in our local paper today. I am just off to coffee and the market so shall call again later in the day when I can tell you about it.

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  2. Here I am again after lunch Thelma. A new facility for the elderly has opened this week In leyburn and when the work was begun a couple of years ago the workmen unearthed two ancient skeletons. It turned out to be that the new building was on the site of building that predates the Norman Conquest - thought to be a stone structure - possibly a church - from the Anglo Saxon era with Norman additions and probably abandoned during the 14th century. There was also a stone with prehistoric markings. This stone has been incorporated into the entrance wall of the new facility and is there for all to see.
    Various artefacts were taken before the new building was erected - they are presumably going to be exhibited somewhere.

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    1. Sounds interesting Pat, there is a stone A/S church at Brad-on-Avon, it was somewhat hidden for centuries, but discovered probably in the 19th century. Also see there is a prehistoric stone in the new fabric of the building - cupmarks? And does the prehistoric stone show that the site has always been used, the A/S church being built there....

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  3. What a wonderful find and what a great bit of research ahead. I do like that the Internet has opened up a huge world for those of us who live in rural places.

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    1. Hi Tabor, there is almost too much on the internet to read but Norfolk is the place on the East coast where the immigrant A/S people came over and settled, taking to the ways of Christianity very slowly.

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  4. Re your comment about jam! I stopped making it for the same reason - we rarely eat it, it is too laden with sugar, which we try to avoid. Most of our fruit is eaten either fresh or stewed.

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