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    A big hello from Sheffield

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    saw119

    Join date : 2011-06-24

    A big hello from Sheffield

    Post  saw119 on Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:21 am

    Hi there, can't believe I've never stumbled upon this site before. I am a little bit obsessed with the prehistoric landscape around Sheffield and the Peak district.
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    Sunbright57

    Join date : 2011-02-10
    Age : 59
    Location : Nelson - the one in Lancashire sorry to say!

    A big hello from Sheffield

    Post  Sunbright57 on Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:32 am

    Hello there Saw119 Welcome to the TNA. Well, we are all of the same feeling, we all like the prehistory of West Yorkshire and the Peak District. So enjoy being on this superb site. Cheers. bounce
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    Paulus

    Join date : 2009-08-20
    Location : Yorkshire

    Re: A big hello from Sheffield

    Post  Paulus on Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:49 am

    Hi Saw!

    saw119 wrote:Hi there, can't believe I've never stumbled upon this site before. I am a little bit obsessed with the prehistoric landscape around Sheffield and the Peak district.


    We keep meaning to get down Peak district way and spend a weekend on the tops. There's a few 'undiscovered' sites we've isolated near you, not in the archaeobooks, which we keep meaning to explore. I wanna have a look at the remains round Bradfield's Apronful of Stones, the Bar Dyke and other things nearby. Have you had a look at them? How far are they from you?

    all the best - Paul

    saw119

    Join date : 2011-06-24

    Re: A big hello from Sheffield

    Post  saw119 on Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:44 am

    I havn't been to those specific sites and some of them are fairly close. I'm mostly interested in the prehistoric landscape in and around Sheffield itself as it has several stunning prehistoric remains actually within its boundaries. Just trying to understand the geography, settlement and any ritual landscapes.
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    Paulus

    Join date : 2009-08-20
    Location : Yorkshire

    Re: A big hello from Sheffield

    Post  Paulus on Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:32 am

    Hi Saw! Smile

    saw119 wrote:...I'm mostly interested in the prehistoric landscape in and around Sheffield itself as it has several stunning prehistoric remains actually within its boundaries. Just trying to understand the geography, settlement and any ritual landscapes.

    This is the real focus of my own interest in our aborinigal British culture and its cosmology. Not sure how 'ritual landscape' fits into archaeology these days - but they've gotta see that all landscape is "ritual landscape" (to use the current term); though I'd say more accurately we should term it "sacred landscape." (and although many folk begin playing round with variants on the word sacred, the term is best tethered to its definition as used by Eliade, Campbell, Jung, etc, to enable clarity on the issue)

    Sacred landscape - aswell as the heavens and all things in-between! - is the arena within and upon which all settlements and prehistoric sites were laid. Again, I'm not sure if/how archaeology works with this - or even if it takes the importance of this baseline into consideration. But that's for them lot to sort out & argue amongst 'emselves I suppose. But, if this is the sorta thing you're into Saw, we'll have to have a meet-up down your way and have a waffle about such things as we bimble amidst the sites.

    Good to have you on board! Cool

    ttfn - Paul

    saw119

    Join date : 2011-06-24

    Re: A big hello from Sheffield

    Post  saw119 on Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:30 am

    I completely agree with you Paulus. I'd love to meet up sometime and have a natter would be good whilst on a walk. There is stuff dating from the neolithic through to the iron age actually within the city boundaries of Sheffield so quite an interesting landscape.
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    Paulus

    Join date : 2009-08-20
    Location : Yorkshire

    Re: A big hello from Sheffield

    Post  Paulus on Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:20 am

    saw119 wrote:...There is stuff dating from the neolithic through to the iron age actually within the city boundaries of Sheffield so quite an interesting landscape.

    I'd like to have a look at the cup-and-rings in the woodland in Sheffield, as their isolation is curious. Based on the usual equations, there should be something else close by them, but I aint aware of sites that you'd expect to find - which means they're either overgrown or destroyed. The landscape itself, as you seem to imply, would give good clues...

    If/when we have a trip Sheffield-way, we'll let y' know we're coming!

    All the best - Paul Cool

    saw119

    Join date : 2011-06-24

    Re: A big hello from Sheffield

    Post  saw119 on Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:15 am

    Ecclesall woods are extremely ancient in my opinion and the rock art there is most intriguing. However, the park at the top of my road was a site of bronze age metal smelting, a bronze age cremation burial has been discovered and is near to the holy well of St Anthony! Lots to investigate.

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