Archaeology; A Classified Collection of the Chief Contents of "The Gentleman's Magazine" from 1731-1868 Volume 1

Archaeology; A Classified Collection of the Chief Contents of "The Gentleman's Magazine" from 1731-1868 Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...called Picts' Houses," which was communicated to the Archaeological Institute on December 6th last, I beg to say that I apprehend the word " houses " is only a corruption of "houes," or rather " howes." The word in the singular number is "howe," which signifies the same as " haw," and means " a hill" or "mound;" and in the old Scandinavian language it is " haug," or " houhr: " it is in this sense used as a sepulchral tumulus or barrow. And Mr. Farrefs interesting work on " Maes-howe," which he so ably investigated in one of the Orkneys, corroborates this opinion. " Maes " signifies " an open field," " a plain," or "level ground " (see Gibson's " Camden's Britannia," and ed., vol. ii., pp. 810, 826), and "howe" " a mound;" so " Maeshowe " means " a mound on a plain." Again, the word "maes-lough" is interpreted "a lake in a Jlain." I The paper, likewise, in your same number, pp. 22, 27, proves this view of the etymology of "houes;" and these structures are not unfrequent on the Cleveland hills of north-eastern Yorkshire. Indeed, in some instances I know that in that district the natural hills, from. being like in shape perhaps to the usual artificial tumuli, are also termed "houe," or "howe: for example, Shunner Howe, or Shunner Hill, which is distant about three miles to the south-east of the village of Danby. So Greenhowe is the "green hill," and Howe-hill means " barrow hill," or "artificial mound hill: " it...show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236902378
  • 9781236902375