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The Oswestry Hillfort Pegasus Stone
Past Horizons ^ | Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | Professor George Nash, Maggie Rowlands and Rodney Farmer

Posted on 01/21/2014 7:32:03 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Today the magnificent 3,000 year old Shropshire hillfort of Old Oswestry is in the news while campaigners fight to halt several proposed housing developments that threatens both the setting and archaeology surrounding the monument. But, as if to highlight the importance of this place, a new discovery from 2008 has been dubbed the Oswestry Pegasus Stone.

The engraved stone currently stands in the Oswestry Town Museum and Professor George Nash was invited by Rodney Farmer to review the previous interpretation.

The stone was recovered during an archaeological watching brief in February 2008 from undergrowth near the main entrance to Old Oswestry Hillfort, close to the western outer ramparts. The stone, along with another was found close to a mature hedge and their location may be the result of historic field clearance. The stone weighs around 100 kg and was partially buried in top soil (Rodney Farmer pers comm.). It was initially examined by Heather Hidden (Oswestry and Borders History and Archaeology Group) and Maggie Rowlands. Later inspection of the stone by Margaret Worthington and Maggie Rowlands in late March 2008 noted potential engravings on two of its faces.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: archaeoastronomy; godsgravesglyphs; maggierowlands; margaretworthington; megaliths; oswestry; pegasusstone; shropshire; unitedkingdom
Old Oswestry Hillfort and Pegasus stone. Images HOOOH and Rodney Farmer

Old Oswestry Hillfort and Pegasus stone. Images HOOOH and Rodney Farmer

1 posted on 01/21/2014 7:32:03 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 01/21/2014 7:33:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

How cool!


3 posted on 01/22/2014 3:27:25 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: SunkenCiv

It was initially examined by Heather Hidden....

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With such a name, that woman was destined to pursue archaeology.


4 posted on 01/22/2014 3:28:57 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: SunkenCiv

That is a magnificent hillfort. I think I read somewhere that it was incorporated into Wat’s Dyke.


5 posted on 01/22/2014 5:13:56 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

I think the part I didn’t excerpt discusses its proximity. Wat’s Dyke was kinda offhand attributed to a response by one of the Welsh kingdoms to Offa’s Dyke, but research in the 1990s uncovered RC-datable remains, turned out to be centuries older than Offa and his dyke, so, perhaps Wat’s Dyke inspired Offa’s Dyke. :’)


6 posted on 01/23/2014 5:45:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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