Excerpt from Nunburnholme: Its History and Antiquities
Like one of the little 'sykes' or rills that issues from the Wold above us and gives its narrowly-contained waters to larger streams beyond our view, the history of a small parish like our own, far removed from the highways of the world, may contribute something to the annals of our country. For this reason no apology should be necessary for the appearance of any such history, no two of which can ever be alike, but only for any defects there may be in its compilation.
Moreover, local history or research may become not only supplemental or contributory to that of wider scope, but sometimes even its corrective. Of this we have had a remarkable instance in our own immediate neighbourhood in recent years. The patient and careful investigations of the Rev. W. Greenwell and our brother-woldsman, Mr. J. R. Mortimer, with others, among the barrows of the East Riding, have thrown a ﬂood of light upon the manners and customs of the people who were living here in the neolithic and later ages, and have modified or exploded altogether many ideas that had been commonly held concerning the ancient British race.
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