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General Discussion / Re: Ad Gefrin Centre Developments
« Last post by Bowerthane on January 14, 2022, 06:46:18 PM »
Thank you Phyllis, that was impressive, interesting and encouraging.


How popular are touch tapestries with girls these days, can anyone say?


My elder sisters enjoyed them when we were little in the early 1970s.  Only, looking round the Ad Gefrin website and having googled briefly failing to find anyone who does produce touch-tapestry kits with Old English-related pictures and patterns, I wonder how much girls might enjoy them, if only there were such a thing?


Seriously because, surely, the knotwork, carpet pages etc. lend themselves to touch tapestries, and quite possibly the narrower colour range would be easier for beginners and younger girls.


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General Discussion / Ad Gefrin Centre Developments
« Last post by Phyllis on January 14, 2022, 12:38:13 PM »
Thought people might like a look at the updated website for the new Ad Gefrin Centre :)

Progress in evidence...hoping to visist once it's open!

https://adgefrin.co.uk/our-experience#
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News & Events / The Acomb Assemblage (late notice)
« Last post by Phyllis on January 11, 2022, 01:50:40 PM »
Dr Tania Dickinson of York University will be talking about the Acomb assemblage (York) Weds 11th Jan 7.30-9.00 pm

Organised by Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society - YAYAS. The talk is free but donations are invited.

The ‘Acomb area’ Treasure find: fragments of an early Anglo-Saxon high-status burial’.

The talk will cover the background to the discovery in 2016 of fragments of a seventh-century composite disc brooch and a dozen beads. It will discuss the
construction and virtual reconstruction of the brooch and possible explanations for the assemblage’s archaeological and historical context

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86176522668
Meeting ID: 861 7652 2668
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News & Events / The Netflix film Sutton Hoo and the Reality
« Last post by Phyllis on January 11, 2022, 01:45:31 PM »
Online talk "The Netflix film Sutton Hoo and the Reality" on Friday 21st January at 7.15pm

This is a talk by the Pontefract & District Archaeological Society chairman Eric Houlder. He was a trench leader in the 1960s Sutton Hoo dig

There is a £3 visitor charge for anyone to get the zoom link go to the link below http://www.pontarc.org.uk/Programme.htm
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Hope you had a good Yule too Bowerthane! As for the Old English reaction to rabbits - I imagine they just ate them  ;D
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: 2022 Calendars
« Last post by Eanflaed on January 05, 2022, 09:45:39 PM »
That’s a good idea! I know lots of jigsaw enthusiasts!
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: 2022 Calendars
« Last post by Bowerthane on January 05, 2022, 09:08:33 PM »
Has anyone suggested we produce jigsaws, as well as calendars, using Old English images?


Given the intricacy of the carpet pages, knotwork etc. this could make for a special kind of challenge for jigsaw enthusiasts, the better to promote our favourite subject beyond its present sphere of interest.


( You'll understand I'm giving us plenty of time to be ready for this year's buy-anything Christmas-buying public  :P  ).

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Yes, thanks  :) Phyllis.


I notice, of course, that they are hares and not rabbits.


Has anyone else had trouble persuading innocent third parties that rabbits were unknown in Anglo-Saxon England, and appear to have been introduced by the Normans?  Or re-introduced, if indeed they were also introduced by the Romans but died out after they withdrew.


Also, am I the only one to wonder how the Old English reacted to rabbits when the Normans brought them over?  Creatures you were supposed to eat like hares, but lived in holes like.... like  ???  rats?




Oh, and I hope everyone enjoyed their Yuletide break and stayed warm and well.

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Love the cute little hares!
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News & Events / Anglo-Saxon strap end found near Cambridge has boxing hares engraving
« Last post by Phyllis on January 02, 2022, 09:12:05 AM »
Fromt eh BBC: The 22mm (0.9in) by 15.3mm (0.6in) object was discovered in a field near Cambridge in autumn 2019.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-59680893
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