Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Friday, 3 July 2020

Stonehenge - re-assessment and re-evaluation

Last month I posted Stonehenge - a continuing revelation about the latest discoveries at the Wiltshire complex. There is another article about these discoveries on The Conversation by two of the archaeologists involved in this research. This provides an account of the recent discoveries which it interprets in terms of the historic ritual purpose    of the linked sites and their evolution over time, together with suggestions as to how they were administered. It shows how patient research can yield even more information about a site which might appear to be fully surveyed and stressed the need for caution in terms of making modern physical changes to such a unique landscape. The article can be read at New Stonehenge discovery: how we found a prehistoric monument hidden in data

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