ancient-britain

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Pictish, Celtic and Norse Influenced prehistoric artefacts from the Scottish Isles, The National Museum of Scotland, 24.2.17.

Roman Silver Snake Ring and Bracelet Set, 1st-4th Century AD

Roman Imperial, probably from Roman Britain or another far province.

The snake was one of the most popular motifs in Roman jewelry, symbolizing fertility and used to ward off evil. The simple, flattened style, with round eyes, suggests a Celtic influence, as much Roman art in Britain had.

anonymous asked:

I went through yer blog and the moment I saw the drawings with the parents ... I started crying. Don't do this to me... too much emotions. Your art is too good, holy shite...

Lmao, sorry about your feels. As an apology here’s a picture of them alive and well. Nations don’t have children in the universe of this blog or in the canon of Hetalia, but these two adopted new nations more readily than the rest of the personification of British kingdoms at the time.

Quick note on who they are:

You all probably know Britannia, but in the canon of this blog at least she would probably have been a coagulation of Brittonic tribes, who later took up the mantle of ‘Britannia’ as the smaller British factions began to break up. She was also a ho, so Allistor’s ‘father’ wasn’t necessarily the same as those who ‘fathered’ England, Wales etc.

The big guy is Pictland - he was the closest thing to a father Scotland had, and was perfectly happy to babysit and carve strange shapes into rocks. Allistor doesn’t remember all too much of him compared to his mother, but he does remember that he introduced him to the Fae and magic for the first time.

Edit: So, nation-wise there was probably a much higher death rate, with personifications being cut down and fading out of existence willy-nilly. Some of these survived, merging regions into one more all-encompassing personification. Before the Anglo-Saxon invasion and the occupation of Rome, Brittonic tribes were generally found throughout England and Wales, with Goidelic tribes in Ireland and part of the west of Scotland, and Pictish regions making up the majority of Scotland. ‘Britannia’ would most likely have started out as one of the Brittonic tribes before slowly becoming one of the main personifications of this culture in Britain (although not the only one). I was wrong with the Mercia/ Northumbria thing, need to re-evaluate that part.

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‘Cockersand Abbey’, near Glasson Docks, Lancashire, 14.5.17. This is possibly one of the most obscure and overlooked ancient sites in the North West and a likely location for quite a colourful history. Originally the home of a hermit or religious recluse in the 11th or 12th century, this became the site of Cockersand Abbey; a sizeable and isolated religious base built on an island of clay just high enough to avoid the winter high tides. The exposed and remote location of this island must have made the abbey very seldom visited. Was the location visited by Norse raiders prior to or during the construction of the abbey? There is no documentation to support this but it would have made a helpful mooring point and gateway to other locations around the fringes of the Irish sea. All that remains of the original abbey is a largely reworked and re-figured chapter house and the odd segment of abbey wall. The ground is littered with stones from the original outbuildings and walls. The final image shows the likely location of the landing ground the abbey and the bleak but eerily beautiful landscape surrounding the site. Records indicate that as late as 1496, the Abbot of Shap had asked for a guide from the abbey to aid him in ‘avoiding the perils of the sea’ when approaching the site. Cockersand Abbey no longer sits on an island but access is by reclaimed and marshy flatlands.

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Celtic Coin of the Dobunni King Corio

This is a ‘Tree Type’ gold stater of the Dobunni tribe. It was struck circa 20 BC  to AD 5 during the rule of Corio. On the obverse is the image of a tree-like emblem known as a Dobunnic Tree, with a pellet below. The reverse bears the name Co[rio] above a triple-tailed, stylized Celtic horse, with a wheel below and other symbols in the field.  The Dobunnic Tree’s meaning is unclear although corn, ferns and a form of a wreath have all been suggested as explanations.

The Dobunni were one of the Iron Age tribes living in the British Isles prior to the Roman invasion of Britain (43-84 AD). They lived in the southwestern part of Britain that roughly coincides with the English counties of Bristol, Gloucestershire and the north of Somerset, although at times their territory may have extended into parts of what are now Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire. Their capital acquired the Roman name of Corinium Dobunnorum, which is today known as Cirencester. Unlike the Silures, their neighbors in what later became southeast Wales, the Dobunni were not a warlike people and submitted to the Romans before they even reached their lands. Afterwards they readily adopted the Romano-British lifestyle.

Corio was a 'king’ of the southwestern Dobunni. No one knows if 'king’ is the correct term for their leaders however, it is likely that this is what the Romans called them. The Dobunni rulers are only known from names found on their coinage and the exact order of each of their reigns has yet to be determined. Some of the other Dobunni kings’ names are Anted, Eisu, Aatti, Comux, Inham and Bodvoc.

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The Wounded Pict
A short story about an unlikely romance between a Briton serving in the Roman auxiliaries and a Pictish prisoner of war

My first full-length short story. I’m hoping to place future chapters of this story on an alternate history timeline, but for now there are no big-picture deviations from the original timeline. Comments and constructive criticism welcome.

Length: 22 pages and 7,300 words (not counting the title page, footnotes, or author’s notes at the end)

I really want to go back in time and see what life was like for Ancient British people before the Romans. I want to see how they lived. There was no Christianity, no big cities, England was mostly empty with 20 times less people living there, there were wild animals that are now extinct. It would be so interesting to see all of that. I also want to see what people looked like to see how much different they look today. Did they look much like modern British people just in different clothing? I wonder.

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Reconstructed Norse and Celtic Cross, Jorvik, York 20.5.17.

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Yellowmead Stone Circle, Devon, England

Yellowmead Stone Circle is a Bronze Age concentric stone circle consisting of four rings of stones set within one another. The largest is 98 feet (20 m) wide and the smallest, 19 feet (6 m). It is located on Yellowmead Down near Sheepstor. The circles once encircled a burial cairn, although this is now barely visible.

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skara brae ▴ bay of skaill, orkney, scotland

consisting of eight clustered houses, this neolithic village – europe’s “most complete” – was occupied from roughly 3180 bc to about 2500 bc. it has been called the “scottish pompeii” because of its excellent preservation.

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Viking artefacts and design, ‘Vikings: Rediscover The Legend’ Exhibition, Yorkshire Museum, York, 20.5.17. 

The “cockerel-headed man” in a mosaic in Brading Roman Villa on the Isle of Wight.

This is surely one of the most curious and unique roman mosaics. One older opinion is that he represents the gnostic deity known as Abraxas; however, Abraxas is usually depicted with a serpent’s tail as well as a cockerel’s head, which makes this interpretation seem unlikely.

An alternative view is that the figure lampoons a gladiator (or venator) called “Gallus” since the name means “cockerel” in Latin. It has even been suggested that the figure lampoons the emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire Constantius Gallus (ruled 351–354).

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Yarnbury Castle, Wiltshire, England

Yarnbury Castle is a multiphase, multivallate Iron Age hillfort near Steeple Langford in Wiltshire. Excavations have revealed Iron Age and Romano-British pottery, Roman coins and burials of human remains. There is much evidence of prolonged and extensive settlement of the site including around 130 separate structures of various sizes, most probably representing a mix of round houses, pits, and other features. Stonehenge, Avebury stone circles and other ancient landmarks are also located in Wiltshire.

etymologicon

our place names have none of the easy intelligibility
of German - Obersdorf, Donaueschingen, Karlsbad -
words that tell you who and what and where.
we are distanced from the words on our maps
by the evolution of our tongues,
our English constantly moving on, consigning Thorpe,
Fishguard and Ormskirk into the dust
in the wake of a language that steals and absorbs other tongues
as if it will die without their succour.
our language war gave us these names
and then took away our ability to read them with ease.
so we have long forgotten who founded these towns.
but if we divine their names
we can find their pasts, diving
into the history trove of our polyglot tongue
and ringing the chimes of their place in time,
and bring to life the Romans, the Norsemen, the Saxons,
the tongues that invaded
and twined with our Celtic speech
(for languages are always made of people
and people are the words they speak)