Lancashire's Sacred Landscape

Lancashire's Sacred Landscape : From Prehistory to the Viking Age

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Lancashire, situated in the north west of England, does not at first tend to conjure up an images of `a sacred' landscape. But look at bit deeper and one will discover a vast array of sites of ritual and early worship. Archaeological remains of prehistoric stone circles, cairns and burial chambers, pre-Christian place-names, Anglo-Saxon and Viking stone sculpture, as well as tales of fairies and `otherworldly' creatures within the folklore and legend are spread throughout the county. Within this book the reader will find a discussion of all these, including a comprehensive gazetteer of prehistoric sites, listings of place names, locations of stone sculpture and detailed analyses of carvings and the inscriptions upon them, as well as a personal, experiential approach to landscape. Extensive photographs illustrate the sites described within the chapters. The contributors to this book are from a variety of academic disciplines - geology, archaeology, art history, history, place-name and folklore research. They have spent many years deeply engaged in their own different areas of research in order to produce this wide-ranging material. Each chapter is accompanied by details of how to visit the sites in discussion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 160 x 230 x 10mm | 430g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0752455877
  • 9780752455877
  • 819,854

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`Readers of this book will find suggestions, speculations, guidance, material to stimulate them to find out more about the "sacred landscape" of Lancashire and the many interpretations it may hold.' -- Dr Jenny Blain
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