The Anthropological View: Phylogenies & Folklore / Urban Myths

The importance of listening to local people who have lived and worked in the town has proved to be invaluable source of information and clues, in examining the locale landscape and its archaeology

Wherever you are on this island there is always a ‘locale’ understanding of the changing landscape which invariably reveals things that have been lost or forgotten over time. This anthropological consideration can do much to help piece together missing (not always known about) data that has not been recorded and may have been lost with time…

It always revealing how the local landscape changes from what is remembered and how the function of a town or village changes over time. Alterations from differing shops, places of residence and differing use of hinterland spaces can be seen over time. How many things do we actually see that have changed in our local area that is not always obvious….almost year upon year.

Through speaking to locals and looking into their individual memories, and by, listening to them recalling the past landscape, and seeing it within photographic evidence they all relive a life though memories of things that have not been recorded

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ST Thomas Becket Chapel 1950’s


Above is the St Thomas Becket chapel dating from 1190, the nave was completely removed and the chapel itself was re structured in the turn of the century as a house dwelling.

Below is the chapel in 2016. Notice the two arched windows at the top on the right of the building and the main arch below. These were added to the building in Victorian times as part of a folly. Notice the complete absence of the chapels nave which would have been on the right




If you observe the block work to the left of the main biggest Victorian arched feature at the base then you will see a typology of rock that originates from the Victorian in Birmingham and shows Victorian reconstruction work (Rosenbaum 2016)


New work and publications have emerged from Durham University on a  study of‘Phylogenies’ what this does is looks at the concept of historical relationship of lineages (Phylogenies) to test evolutionary hypothesis…Quite something

What has just come to light recently is there has been some PhD work on fairytales and they now know that most have their origins over 4000 years ago (late Neolithic).

All food for thought when investigating an area….talk to the locals you might just miss something





The Anthropological View: Phylogenies & Folklore / Urban Myths

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