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Arbor Low

Just a quick post as im getting bits ready for Uni!

Arbor Low is an extremely impressive henge monument in Derbyshire, known as the “Stonehenge of the North” it is situated in farm land near Bakewell. Derived from the Anglo-Saxon name “Eorthburg Hlaw”, which simply means “earthwork hill”.

The overall scale of the monument is overwhelming, along with the impressive bronze age burial mount located on the henge. The walk up to the monument also reveals some very interesting earth workings and other burial mounts located in the North West of the site. Along with a causeway that ventures of down the side of the hill in the North East. GA

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Rome’s Gone! Lights Out

Going back to a topic I’ve blogged about before seen here

https://wordpress.com/post/gingerarchaeology.wordpress.com/14

what happened after the Romans “left” did Britain just stop as we entered the dark ages as were taught? where king author pranced around Britain; convenatly visiting every modern day tourist attraction in the UK, and saved the day.

Or do we find that the impact was a lot less severe and actually links in with the conquest less 400 years earlier, were we saw a number of British tribes welcome and work with the Roman invaders, being “Romanised”  both before, during and after the conquest.

The ending of Roman Britain is traditionally ascribed to AD 410 – when, Rome withdrew her under the command of the Constantine III, due to the slowly colapsion empire and the eventual sacking of the “eternal city” Rome by the Goths.

The illusive date of 410 is provided by the text of an imperial edict of Honorius recorded by the late 5th century Greek writer Zosimus, which orders a number of places to defend themselves. One of these is ‘Brettia’, generally taken to be Britain, but as the other places in the list are towns in Italy, it seems much more likely that the name is a textual error which should be emended to Bruttium, a town in southern Italy. So the famous text telling “Britain to defend itself” might actually be false.

Never the less life still went on after the Romans withdrew from Britain, with life for many carrying on as norm, The Major issue was the lack of imported coinage that lead to a economic collapse around the 5 – 6th AD aka “The Dark Ages”.

However I feel the Dark ages weren’t so bleak, For the whole concept of Rome Pulls out means a complete stop to the roman way of life and virtues I feel is wrong. Being a part of the empire in a way is like some sort of business franchise, you imprint your ideas and ideals on the; in this case, local populous who then are Romanised and so were still Romanised heading into the 5 and even 6 century.

The Dark ages link to the whole idea that nothing much was recoded down except a lot of bleak and gloomy issues, however as stated above maybe it wasn’t so “Dark” maybe more mellow! Ideas? GA

 

 

 

Forgotten Past Project – location Update 1

In my first update I am going to discuss the location of this project.

It is Based in North Lincolnshire, looking at a area between Skegness and Alford; as seen in my first image. This is currently the general area of observation and investigation and will probably change whilst I delve deeper into my investigation.

My second images focuses on currently 3 very important sites that I have identified and believe; at this point anyway. Will form the main areas of the publication.

 

So what is it?

Forgotten Past Project will focus on Prehistoric to Iron age occupation.

Being a local I have researched the area for the past 5 years and now believe that it hold very important significance to Lincolnshire. Not much has been done in the way of research and publication on the sites I have identified; With some none at all.

 

This is a very quick update and I hope to do a more thorough one on Friday/Monday.  If you would like to help/contribute in anyway please feel free to email me, Would be great if anyone had any information on the area as well! GA

 

Britain’s Pompeii – Must Farm

 

Excavations at Must Farm; Whittlesey, by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit have unveiled there amazing findings.

As seen in the feature image above the roundhouse has much of its original timbers and even some remains of Wattle Panelling. (Thank you Mud!!) I cant really do this find justice so see the link bellow for a insightful overview .

http://www.mustfarm.com/progress/site-diary-12-discovering-our-first-house/

Would of loved to have dug this one! GA

 

Bluestone Henge

Finally after much research and investigation the true two locations of the Bluestone used in Stonehenge have been found and published in archaeological journal Antiquity.

The team, led by University College London (UCL), included scientists from University of Manchester, Bournemouth University, University of Southampton, National Museum Wales and Dyfed Archaeological Trust.

Two quarries in Pembrokeshire have been identified as the source of some of the rocks at Stonehenge, quarried over 5,500 years ago.

It is also believed that the Stonehenge was constructed first in wales before being mysteriously moved to its final location in Wiltshire.

The huge transport of the bluestones from Wales to Stonehenge is one of the most remarkable achievements of Neolithic societies, you have to ask yourself what was the actual purpose and why choose this as the final resting place?

People or oxen dragged the 80 monoliths weighing less than two tons on wooden sledges sliding to reach the location. with each monolith fitting perfectly into place.

Lets hope that one day we finally unlock the true history and mysteries surrounding it. GA

NEWS – 12 Shipwrecks

Marine archaeologists have found what they are calling a “one in a lifetime discovery” after finding 22 ancient shipwrecks near the same Greek archipelago.

The  mixed Greek and British expedition crew uncovered the wrecks, which date back as far as 700BC, around the archipelago of Fourni, which is in the middle of an ancient trade route between Greece, Egypt and Cyprus.

This find makes up for now 12% of known shipwrecks found in Greece and is unlikely to happen again.

An amazing and intriguing discover that should offer much insight into ancient trading and the taming of the waves. GA

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/22-ancient-shipwrecks-discovered-around-one-greek-island-chain-a6716711.html

1300 years older than Stonehenge!

Its not a secret that the area surrounding Stonehenge in Wiltshire was used thousands of years before the Stonehenge we know today; even though that has been changed in recent history! Its amazing to think that the area formed some sacred mystical site with an unknown purpose, and this new find reinforces this! GA

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-eco-house-1300-years-older-than-stonehenge-discovered-by-archaeologists-a6712716.html

Bronze Age ‘sauna house’

Possibly built to serve a ritual purpose, this is an extremely rare and unusual find, an continues to create a mystery around the different rituals and practice’s that we see In Bronze age culture. GA

http://www.heritagedaily.com/2015/09/archaeologists-uncover-bronze-age-sauna-house-in-orkney/108454

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