Category Archives: Ritual

New work: Kingston upon Thames revisited

Nowadays, you’ll find me in Kingston upon Thames maybe four times a week as it’s my main place of work. However, save for a driving lesson in 2003 when I passed through but didn’t actually set foot in the town, … Continue reading

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The “missing” Early Anglo-Saxon-period burials of historic north-east Surrey: bodies in the Thames?

(I’ve only gone and done another really long post! This is of course a good thing, as there’s plenty of what I consider to be great stuff in what follows, so please make some time to give it a go. Still, … Continue reading

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Beowulf in California

Here’s a big bit of news I’ve been sitting on for a while because, well, I didn’t know if I’d be able to afford to make it happen. But I can! So, without further ado, I’m pretty darned chuffed to … Continue reading

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The forgetful frater, or, an eighth-century reminder to make good notes

Here’s a little late-night blast from the library, not because I have something urgent I want to get off my chest but because it concerns something I came across earlier which chimed with me because of the nature of my current workload … Continue reading

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Slinging swords and casting corns – a brief foray into experimental archaeology

One of the downsides of being a taught student is having to submit multiple pieces of work on completely different topics – in this case three essays which together weighed in at a little shy of 10,000 words – on the same … Continue reading

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At the edges of Old English toponomastics 1: a textual sidelight on Wanborough

Learning Old English is no cakewalk, as I’m sure anyone who has done it will agree, but it does open a window into a fascinating world of writings, both Anglo-Saxon and modern. One of the first things I was given to … Continue reading

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Language, religion and the law: small matters for a Sunday afternoon

People have tried to explain RSS feeds to me but I still don’t get what they are. As a result I tend to come across interesting articles through flitting about on the internet at work or via friends’ Facebook posts (I gave up Twitter well … Continue reading

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The “Surrey Fens” causeways – finished at long last

I’ve written and rewritten so much of this essay over the past year or two that I have nothing else to add, other than to recommend you head over to here and have a read of it (and if you … Continue reading

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Instant archaeology

The passage of artefacts into the soil is the bread-and-butter of “dirt archaeology”, and my day spent grafting at Northolt Manor got me thinking about the processes involved in how things getting from (above-ground) A to (subterranean) B, and at … Continue reading

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Miracles & Charms

I think the Wellcome Collection may be my new favourite place in London. Free entry, wonderful exhibits, killer bookshop, bumped into a good friend who I hadn’t seen in years – what’s not to love? I would recommend you try … Continue reading

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