Byways in British Archaeology

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 18, 2011 - Architecture - 542 pages
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Originally published in 1912, this volume provides a detailed and enthusiastically written history of Britain's churches and their churchyards. With particular emphasis on the concept of 'folk memory', a diminishing means of recalling and understanding the past, Johnson's study looks at material archaeological discoveries whilst also addressing the significance of place names, site orientation, folktales and pagan prehistory. In this well-illustrated and informative work, Johnson's extensive research navigates the complexities of Britain's religious past, producing a series of fascinating interrelated arguments. Johnson addresses numerous topics, including the construction of churches on pagan sites, the churchyard yew and the survival of past rituals within burial customs. This book provides a detailed and far-reaching investigation of the archaeology and architecture of hundreds of churches across England and Wales, and will be enjoyed by anybody with an interest in British archaeology, or the histories of British churches and Christian traditions.
 

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Contents

CHURCHES on PAGAN SITES 1
35
CHURCHES ON PAGAN S1TEs 0mznum
51
THE SECULAR UsEs OF THE CHURCH FABRIC
101
THE SECULAR UsEs OF THE CHURCH FABRIC mntinued
145
THE QRIENTATION OF CHURCHES
205
THE ORIENTATION OF GRAVES
243
SURVIVALS IN BURIAL CUSTOMS
268
THE FOLKLORE OF THE CARDINAL POINTS
324
THE CIIURCHYARD YEW
360
THE CULT OF THE HORSE
408
THE LABOURD Ox
452
RETROSPECT
488
ADDENDA
495
INDEX
498
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