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General Discussion / Re: On This Day updates now on website
« Last post by David on September 19, 2021, 08:52:00 AM »
Thank you Phyllis.
I shall find this very useful.
General Discussion / Re: On This Day updates now on website
« Last post by Locian on September 18, 2021, 06:03:51 PM »
That's a good idea.  I don't have a Book of Face account.  So this is perfect for the likes of me.
General Discussion / On This Day updates now on website
« Last post by Phyllis on September 18, 2021, 09:18:47 AM »
Those of you who read them will have spotted that I have not been posting the weekly Facebook Favourite here - that's because I have started transferring the posts to the main website and you can now see everything there instead. So now it's much easier if you do not use the Book of Face to read the articles.

There is an "On This Day" section in the menus under "Events in Anglo-Saxon Times", and I am putting up a page for each month (about 2/3 of the way through at present!). Other articles are being added under relevant headings.

It would be lovely to know if there is anything people particularly want to see adding, and I can take a look to see what I have among the Facebook articles and past Withowinde pieces. (There are some obvious gaps I will be working on filling, never fear!).

Drop me an email - contact details in front cover of Withowinde - to let me know, or suggest things here for a general chat about what people want :)
News & Events / Hereward 950
« Last post by Phyllis on September 18, 2021, 09:11:19 AM »
Hereward the Wake commemorations on the 950th anniversary of teh fight in the fens.

The Hereward the Wake Project will be at Folkingham Castle on Sunday 19th September (sorry - I'm a bit late with that!) and at Aldreth 950 on 30th October.

Anglo-Saxon Discussion / Re: Downton Meadhall
« Last post by Bowerthane on September 11, 2021, 10:12:20 PM »
Just had a chance to watch the 'Downton Abbey' film.

Guess what?  My mum's old mixing bowl did not one but two cameos, the second when that French chef chucked it aside.

It was  :)  great.

Now if I have another chance to watch it, I'll see if I can't find out what that fuss about the visitor was all about...

General Discussion / Re: Great Yeldham
« Last post by Phyllis on September 11, 2021, 03:02:12 PM »
That's really interesting - keep us posted! :)
News & Events / Croft Gardens, Cambridge
« Last post by Phyllis on September 11, 2021, 03:01:15 PM »
At the end of January this year there was news about Anglo-Saxon finds in Cambridge on Kings College’s Croft Gardens site on Barton Road. Nowthere is news of the follow-up research on the find with appointment of a new Research Fellow.

General Discussion / Great Yeldham
« Last post by Blackdragon on September 08, 2021, 11:40:18 AM »

I live in Great Yeldham, Essex near to the Suffolk border at Sudbury. Yeldham (formerly Geldeham) appears to refer to a homestead where tax is collected in Old English.

They are now clearing a site to build houses at Nuns Walk. Archaeologists found a few Roman fragments, but more importantly a Saxon homestead and burial site with pottery urns containing cremated remains. Unfortunately the tops of the pots have been knocked off by ploughing. A pair of tongs have been found as well as some coins. No pictures or other details are available yet, but cremations most usually indicate early Pagan Saxon sites, since Christians most often used inhumation. Hopefully the coins will help date it.
News & Events / Re: Anyone dig 'The Dig'?
« Last post by Eanflaed on August 31, 2021, 12:00:28 PM »
It’s not so much a love story as such, but it does focus on relationships rather than the archaeology. Most, if not all, of the relationships are speculative too. We don’t get to see the fabulous array of artefacts, which is a pity.
News & Events / Re: Anyone dig 'The Dig'?
« Last post by Bowerthane on August 28, 2021, 10:40:58 PM »
Ah, do I take it the film is primarily a love story, with no special focus on the longship, treasures etc.?

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