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Place-names and Archæology

  • A. Mawer
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Three years ago, when the Survey of English Place-names was initiated, the present editor of ANTIQUITY wrote an article for the opening volume of the Survey publications with the above title. In it he attempted to show how fruitful might be the mutual relations of place-names and archaeological studies. The Survey is now well under way. It has completed its work in four counties—Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Worcestershire (shortly to be published) and the time seems not inappropriate to take stock of some of the results achieved in this particular field of studies.

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page note 151 1 See further Place-names of Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire, 139.

page note 155 * [It is possible that Waden or Wedon Hill, overlooking Avebury in Wiltshire, should be added to the list.—Editor].

page note 157 * It should however be stated that, in the opinion of the Royal Commissioners, the Abbot’s Chair is in reality the base of a medieval cross of which one side has been weathered or cut away ; so that the original square socket for the shaft has now only three sides. If this is so, it looks as if the chair, though it may be on the site of the Hurstingstone, is not the stone itself. There are other examples of early Hundred meeting–places which take their names from crosses ; but I do not know of any instances where such a cross is referred to as a ‘stone.’ See An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Huntingdonshire , H.M. Stationery Office, 1926, p. 296, pl. 142.

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Antiquity
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  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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