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Merehenge? (Mere Henges?)
« on: July 21, 2010, 07:16:32 »
Merehenge? or pile dwellings?

Merehenge, Merehenges? or pile dwellings with lots and lots of bones. or sacrifices? The round Meres of Norfolk appear to be very unusual for English Meres. Would the ancients have realised this and either worshipped or sacrificed stuff there? Were the Norfolk Meres special energy spots? Did the ancients see them being created in an Electric Universe event? Are these related to Seahenge?

from a gEUlogy ponit of view it is interesting that Mickle Mere is found between 2 types of land, Boulder Clay to its North and Loam on its South considering it lies in a Chalk area.

or did they just use the fact that they were a good place for water to build pile dwellings there?

The following was printed in a sheet called The Geology of the Country Around Attleborough, Watton, and Wymondham by Francis James Bennett.

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Mickle Mere, six miles due south of Saham Mere, is by far the largest one, and contains 48 acres of water. Boulder Clay touches it on the north, and loam on the south, but Chalk is seen here and there around it, and it lies in a Chalk area.

Mickele Mere is of much interest, owing to the evidence of pile or lake dwellings found in it when drained and deepened by Mr.Birch in 1856.

Reference to Mickle Mere are by Sir Charles Bunbury in a paper written in 1856, entitled "Notice of some appearances observed on draining a Mere near Wretham Hall, Norfolk:" and also by Professor Newton in a paper read before the Cambridge Philosophical Socitety in 1862 (but separately printed) "On the Zoology of ancient Europe." Professor Newton also records the discovery of the fresh-water tortoise near Wretham in a paper entitled "On the discovery of ancient remains of Emys lutaria in Norfolk."

Sir Charles Bunbury states in his paper that when Mickle Mere was drained by Mr. Birch, 20 feet of black peaty mud formed the bottom, consisting of soft, rotten, unconsolidated peat; at about 15 feet in this peat was found a distinct horizontal layer, 2 to 6 inches thick in various parts, of compressed but undecayed moss of the species Hypnum fluitans. This moss was absent from some parts of the mud. Horns of the Red Deer were also found in the peaty mud at 5 or 6 feet below the surface; some horns were attached to the skull, and some seem to have been sawn of "by human agency". The peaty mud rested on a bed of light grey sandy marl "effervescing with acids." No traces of shells were seen, but pieces of birch and the trunk of an oak of considerable size were found. Impersistent layers of white sand were found in the mud, and a few flints and quartz pebbles.

Numerous posts of oak wood, shaped and pointed by human art, were found standing erect, entirely buried in the peat, and thus a great part of the mud overlaying the moss must have been accumulated before the Red Deer became extinct.

Mr. Troyon takes the evidence of the pointed oak posts found standing erect as proving the existence of pile buildings in Mickle Mere.

Mr. H. Stevenson states that besides the bones of the Red Deer found at Mickle Mere there were those of the Bos Longifrons, goat, and pig.

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another Merehenge or pile dwelling?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010, 06:54:02 »

another Merehenge or pile dwelling?

continueing the same article in a Norfolk Mere close to Mickle Mere there were further findings of posts, piles, structure and lots of bones.

was this the local slaughter house? are there any known large ancient buildings or villages found in these areas? were these sacrifices? why throw the bones into the Mere if you live in it and its not that deep? is it another Merehenge? are these places of sacrifice?


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Hill Mere, which seems to be the same as the mentioned in Professor Newton's paper, is a little west of Mickle Mere; it is from 5 6 acres in extent. In 1851 Mr. Birch drained West Mere, and an account of a lake or pile-dwelling, and of the bones also found, is given by Professor Newton, who says "In this mere there was ordinarily about 4 feet of water, and beneath it about 8 feet of soft black mud, partly held in suspension and requiring to be removed in scoops. When the mud was being cleared out a great number of bones were discovered, chiefly deposited, as from semi-liquid nature might have been expected, at the bottom. They were nearly all those of the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) and the now extinct Bos longifrons; but among them also was a goat's skull with the horn cores, and the skull of a boar or pig of some sort. Near the centre of the mere, lying below the black mud, was found a ring or circular bank of fine white earth ... The ring or bank was some 20 or 30 feet across, a foot wide, and about 4 feet in heigth. Not far from its inner circumference was a circular hole about 4 1/2 feet in diameter, some 6 feet deeper than the bottom of the mere, and, as my informant states, almost like a well to look at; the mud it contained was even softer than that elsewhere, this was marked out by a circle of stout stakes or small piles apparently of alder (Alnus glutinosa), and it bore traces of having been wattled. It was not the centre of the ring, and between the two circles were the remains of a wall composed of flints packed together with marl or soft chalk. In the same place was some earth of a bright blue colour, which, when dried, crumbled to powder, and was not preserved ... In this interspace a still greater number of bones were found, and also the remains of a rude ladder, but in such a state of decay it could only be pulled out piecemeal. Still, enough of if was seen by Mr. Birch in situ for him to have no doubt as to its original form ... In and around this ring there lay a vast number of bones, of which no small portion were the upper parts of the skull of Bos longifrons, with the horn cores attached, and many antlers of the Red Deer either entire or in fragments. All the former excepting one unusually large example, had a fracture in the forehead". Professor Newton states that "of the deer's antlers some had been naturally shed, and some had been separated from the skull by sawing, and that most of the larger bones found had been opened to obtain the marrow, and that one bone of the Long-fronted ox had been polished on one side. No weapons or implements of metal were found, only some flint discs, which from the description I have received (for, unfortunately, none of them seem to have been preserved) must have closely resembled those known to the Danish antiquaries as 'sling-stones' from the probable use made of them."

Professor Newton then quotes evidence of the oak posts found in the Great Mere and says:- "Yet, on the strength of Sir Charles Bumbury's concluding statement, M. Troyton (Habitations lacustres des temps anciens et modernes p.91) does not fail to recogaise the similarity between the Norfolk antiquities and the Pile-dwellings of his own country, much more, therefore, would be certainly inclined to declare the facts I have just stated to be indications of true lacustrine habitations in England.

Mickle Mere - The Geology of the Country Around Attleborough, Watton, and Wymondham | books.google.com