Was Orkney the ceremonial capital of ancient Britain?
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It could be a simular updated version
Has anyone noticed this in the past few years?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "james m. clark jr." <jameyboy@...> wrote:
> This is actually a repost that had no responce at precolumbian
> inscriptions. At any rate, I thought ancient_waterways would find this
> somewhat interesting.
> Was Orkney the ceremonial capital of ancient Britain?
> STEPHEN STEWART November 03 2003
> ORKNEY may have been the largest
> prehistoric settlement or ceremonial
> site in Britain, new research reveals
> Archaeologists using the latest
> techniques to map under the soil
> discovered the world heritage site
> covering the Ness of Brodgar in Stenness,
> was a massive centre of activity in Stone
> Age times.
> Orkney's landscape has largely managed to avoid the rigours of
> industrialised farming and may yet yield its secrets about the
> recently-surveyed site, which in terms of scale, puts the likes of
> Stonehenge, Avebury and Skara Brae in the shade.
> Orkney Archaeological Trust (OAT) used magnetometry, a geophysical
> technique which measures magnetism in the soil, to trace the patterns
> of activity left by prehistoric Orcadians.
> Rest at
> (not sure link is active after a year or two)
> I would have said yes 2 (3 or 4)years ago(now).
> Would this settles the long debate in lingustics
> over the word 'hundred' that Tacitus referred
> to in his book on Britain and Germany?
> Tacitus-On Britain and Germany 1948-1967 by H. Mattingly
> "In several passages Tacitus speaks of 'the hundred'
> in idiomatic senses which modern scholars have found
> hard to understand, but the suggestion that he was
> misunderstanding the word hundred, meaning district
> will not do. Neither in Germany nor Anglo-Saxon England
> was the word so used till centuries later." (p.29 intro)
> "They dwell in a hundred Country districts and in virtue of
> their magnitude count themselves chief of all the Suebi." -
> "The green, fertile islands with their mild climate and clever, boat-
> building peoples, with the rich, bounding blood of the Picts and
> Irish, the Norse and the Danes and Icelanders, to nourish their life-
> stream. Orkney, with its hundred small beaches and harbours: the
> crossroads where every merchant-ship rested, where every tax-boat
> and warship and supply vessel ran for shelter in the wild, open
> seaway between Norway and the Viking cities of Ireland; between
> Norway and her colonies in the western isles, the ports of Wales and
> the markets of western England, the wine road to Bordeaux and Loire,
> the pilgrim road and the fighting road down to Spain and Jerusalem.
> Everyone had to pass by the islands of Orkney. And only seven little
> miles separated Orkney from Caithness and the north part of Alba." -
> king hereAFTER; by Dorthy Dunnett,
> 1982, p.13.
> Perhaps if someone like Dorthy Dunnett, a Scottish Medieval
> historical novelist and mystery writter were noted for religious
> ideas of the region, logical ocean current flow, we would have known
> why the word hundred was so elusive for centuries where this mythical
> district was, because Tacitus told us and he did his job 700 years
> earlier prior to the first millennium.
> The rest of us would have just passed right on by!! I can only wonder
> if he only heard about this district, but I wouldn't think he would
> want tell even, besides the Romans would have been crushed from all
> sides- Maybe he only visited once, besides this district isn't the
> motherland of Germany or England after all.