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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

 

 

 

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

Fox Hole Cave

Fox Hole cave is located near the summit of the hill High Wheeldon in Derbyshire. It is owned by the National Trust and access to it can be made through them!

Inside contained the remains of the earliest human remains in Derbyshire, between 3800 and 4500BC, including 2 harts and a pre historic bear skull. (Excavated remains in Buxton museum.) The caves themselves also contain the story of early archaeologists whom hand work and methods; Very questionable methods, can clearly be seen.

The entrance way drops 8 ft down into a passage leading to a chamber 20 ft long where there is a branch to the right leading to a third chamber and zigzag passages beyond. Carved out by ancient water ways.

The cave was discovered and partly explored in 1928 after someone’s local Jack Russell went missing down a small hole and didn’t return, so a plan was devised to find the dog. With the local area being a mining community it must have been a normal thing to simply blow open the hole…. (The animal was unharmed and found safely apparently) but fox hole caves were re-unearthed. Leading to a excavation in 1928.  A more extensive investigation was carried out during the 1961 and 1981, with excavations concentrated on archaeological deposits in the floor of the Entrance Chamber, the Main Passage and the First Chamber, where a sequence of deposits up to 2 metres deep was recorded.

It has been occupied throughout prehistory beginning in the Paeleolithic, while in the Neolithic it was used to house a burial chamber, showing the clear change in culture as we moved to more manmade structures; Round houses and the role of the dead became an important aspect in early culture, so the preservation of these bodies must have been vital as we now have seen how Neolithic and beyond use to regularly bring out there dead in some areas of the world for sacred means. Weather this was the case here is unknown. If I find my pictures I will upload them to here. GA

NEWS 18/11/2015

A total of 277 remains have been found whilst constriction a tramline expansion in Manchester, adding more history to a interesting city.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/nearly-280-bodies-have-been-discovered-under-a-tram-line-in-manchester-a6736041.html

 

More strains keep emerging , This time off two hunter-gatherers whose 13,300 and 9,700-year-old remains were found in caves in the Caucasus

http://www.archaeology.org/news/3885-151116-caucasus-hunter-gatherer

 

Matching slabs of stone from Roman Britain town found by archaeologists more than a century apart – Great article about this unusual event! GA

http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art541257-slab-sections-roman-britain-silchester-archaeology-university-reading

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