Skip to comments.Anglo-Saxon Mound Found In Sherwood Forest
Posted on 04/25/2008 6:26:52 PM PDT by blam
ANGLO-SAXON MOUND FIND IN SHERWOOD FOREST
11:27 - 25 April 2008
A Mysterious mound in Notts that was once thought to mark the boundary of two Anglo-Saxon kingdoms is to be investigated by historians, the Forestry Commission has said.
Known as Thynghowe, the hillock was only discovered three years ago in the Birklands area of Sherwood Forest by former teacher Lynda Mallet and her husband Stuart Reddish.
With their friend John Wood, the couple used an original 19th Century perambulation document to find Thynghowe, which is believed to be an ancient meeting place dating back to Viking times.
Experts think Thynghowe was used by different tribes as a gathering point to resolve differences and may have marked the boundary between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria.
With the help of the Forestry Commission and a local history group, the couple from Rainworth plan to investigate the history of the mound.
Al Oswald, an archaeological investigator with English Heritage, recently inspected the site and believes it is a national rarity.
He said: "I was surprised by this discovery. The site had vanished from modern maps and was essentially lost to history until local people made their discoveries.
"There are only a handful of such sites surviving in the British Isles."
Robert of Loxley ping.
They found Little John?
Must have -- then blam sticks him across the page !!
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Thynghowe = Moot Mount = Discussion Place? From the title, I thought it would be a burial mound.
But what in heck is a “perambulation document”? Is that a “metes & bounds” land-tract description?
perambulation - a walk around a territory
(a parish or manor or forest etc.) in order
to officially assert and record its boundaries
Das Ding - conference place.
Remember your viking roots. ;)
(Thingvellir - birthplace of American Republicanism, and quite litterally, the birthplace of America.)
Thanks. I thought it was probably the metes & bounds thing, but knowing Victorian Brits, it could also have been dirctions for a nature walk...or how to get out of the maze. ;-)
Robin Hood probably buried the loot there that he took from the Sherriff and King John that couldn’t be identified and returned to the poor rightful owners.
I have been to Thyngvellir (sp?) in Iceland. It was a place of annual gathering of different Viking families where judgements were meted out in disputes by a panel of elected leaders or by combat. Iceland used to be one of the oldest democracies in the West. Sounds like this was a similar gathering place.
There is a lot of Roman law as well as Viking law in English legal traditions. The Vikings had tort law -where injuries were measured to mind, body and money paid to offset them.
That;s just what it was like!