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Forgotten Kingdoms: Enclave London! July 12, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Forgotten Kingdoms: Enclave London!

In 410 the walls of Britannia came crashing down. In a situation of great confusion Rome apparently disavowed its interest in the island; the island that had always been its poorest province, and got on with trying to save its continental possessions: the failure of that task a generation later marked the end of the […]

Halley’s Comet and the Generations! May 12, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
 Halley's Comet and the Generations!

***Dedicated to Larry who got me interested in this and provided, through his emails and forwards, much of the information*** It recently struck Beach that Halley’s comet would be a perfect measure of the continuity of knowledge in ancient and medieval civilizations. After all, here is a comet that returns every 75 (and a bit) […]

Fusion and Confusion in Post Roman Britain September 18, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
Fusion and Confusion in Post Roman Britain

 ***This extended essay was written as a sequel to a previous post on Roman Britain signalled in the first link*** We have looked before in the place at the darkness that descends on Britain after Rome decamps from the island. Our ignorance about this period of British history is simply astounding. We know that there […]

Tree Rings and Supernovas and a Red Cross in Anglo-Saxon England June 29, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Tree Rings and Supernovas and a Red Cross in Anglo-Saxon England

***Dedicated to Larry and Wade who sent this one in*** In early June a report came in from Nagoya University (Japan) that tree rings on the island showed evidence of a massive radiation blast in 774/775 of our era. This interested Beachcombing not the slightest as he doesn’t do radiation or tree rings. But this […]

Badgers, Pigs and Asses: Celtic in English May 10, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
Badgers, Pigs and Asses: Celtic in English

‘While I was on the ass, going to feed my dun hog, carrying only a matlock and some bannock, I saw a brock coming down from the tor that’s shaped like a bin’. It is not exactly poetry. But this sentence might stand as a memory aid for students of English. The interest lies not […]

The Babel of History May 2, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
The Babel of History

  The past according to a much worn-line is ‘a foreign country, they do things differently there’. Of course, if this were all then history would be a doddle. It would be enough to fill the Cutty Sark with sabres and give the natives music sheets for their acres. But, unfortunately for those who like […]

A Romani Mystery in Eleventh-Century England March 9, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
A Romani Mystery in Eleventh-Century England

***Dedicated to Stephen D*** Our knowledge of the ancient and medieval movements of peoples depends on extraordinarily inadequate contemporary sources and the  deadly (and often unsupported) prejudices of historians and archaeologists. But now, with the use of DNA sampling and other techniques, including isotope analysis, science is coming to the rescue: giving us surprising insights […]

A Dark Age British Sasquatch? November 18, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
A Dark Age British Sasquatch?

*** This post is dedicated to Adrian S *** One epic poem survives from Anglo-Saxon England: Beowulf. Beowulf, for those who do not know, was a Danish hero who, in the course of said poem fights three monsters: first Grendel, second Grendel’s mother and third a dragon who gets the better of him. Grendel particularly […]

35 cms from Oxfordshire November 10, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval