UK’s oldest sacred site is in Shrewsbury

Interesting news, from not that far away from Stoke. “Dig finds UK’s oldest [known] sacred site is in Shrewsbury”

“The current church appears to have incorporated and deliberately built over late Neolithic/early Bronze Age remains. The 15-inch section of post we found was sticking up into the Medieval foundations,” said Janey Green, of Baskerville Archaeological Services. “It is an incredibly complex site and appears to have been used and re-used for religious purposes for over 4,000 years. It is well known that Christians liked to build churches over pagan sites.”

Some archaeologists have disputed that last point, in the last few decades. Many in the profession were alarmed by the sweeping claims made by the fringe lay-line hunters in the 1970s and 80s, and thus became very wary on the idea. Their wariness was also informed by the wealth of new studies since the 1970s. So the more vehement of the anti-continuation archaeologists do have a point, though it’s a point that can only be based on the evidence which has survived. There are still a handful of strong sites like the one above — where there is clear evidence of continual ritual use from ancient times onwards.

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Tolkien Companion and Guide: third edition

A vital new book for Tolkien scholarship, due in 2017…

“Hammond + Scull’s revised edition of their Tolkien Companion and Guide. It will be three physical books total, with the Reader’s Guide being split into two. The ISBN for this set is 9780008214548.”

Via Expressions of Substance.

I’d like to think that mine will also be out in late 2017, but don’t hold your breath. It’s at 100,000 words with my usual intensive footnotes and primary historical research (readers of my books of H.P. Lovecraft scholarship will know the approach), but still needs a summer of work on it. Possibly November February, but… ‘it’ll be done when it’s done’. Lots of new discoveries!