I'm Jenny, I come from Saddleworth, which is either Lancashire or Yorkshire depending on how old you are and which cricket club you prefer.
Currently doing an Archaeology and Anthropology degree and about to write the introduction to my dissertation. Had a (possibly ill-advised) idea to combine this with my interest in (but unfortunately not much knowledge about) the prehistoric landscape of the Pennines. It's a neglected area, at least in the universities. Wessex Wessex Wessex, blah blah blah. What about Kinder Scout, Alderley Edge, Melandra Castle?
(Actually, I quite like Wessex, but that's beside the point).
Anyway, specifically I'd like to focus on Blackstone Edge - does anyone here know it? People who do seem to feel quite strongly about it in my experience - so let me ask you lot - is it Lancashire or Yorkshire? Who should it belong to? How old is the 'Roman' road?.
So I thought I'd do my dissertation on how people relate to their landscape, focussing on Blackstone Edge but in a way that hopefully should be transferable to the wider British landscape. Too often it's assumed in academic archaeology that personal relationships with our land are something for prehistoric or 'traditional' people only, and that the post-industrial English only care about a) how good it looks, and b) how much money they can make from it. Things like this forum are testimony against this assumption I reckon, and I'd really like to explore this.
A part of this, a part that is really rather fun, is trying to track down this group of white-robed fellows:
And in this 2007 article http://menmedia.co.uk/rochdaleobserver/news/s/522245_magic_on_moors_or_fertile_imagination
Dare I say 'druids'?
If anyone knows anything about this (I have a bit more material, in the form of geocaching forum discussions and a couple more photos if desired), it would be great if you'd like to share!
Equally, the thesis is about a wide variety of responses to landscape, and this forum seems like it would be a very interesting place to gather these. Seen talk about transpersonal experiences, shamanism, a lot of things which would be great material. I am looking for any form of contact, from emailing to possibly meeting up and recording an interview. Even if you don't know Blackstone Edge but do have something to say about elsewhere, that's fine.
Oh, and if anyone has book recommendations around this quite wide topic I would welcome them too!
Hope to hear from some of you soon! Am also not just here for dissertation research, but hopefully a few good off-topic chats too. Ta for reading.
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