Re: Re: British Place names as suggestion/pointers towards Dark Age history

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TimHodkinson
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Sorry I'm not Jamie but I do have a bit of an opinion on this. I agree that place names can often give a clue to previous history.Its actually in the South that most of the "Anglo-Saxon" names survive in purer forms: The north east was overrrun by the Vikings in the late dark ages so place names bear a heavy Norse influence, while the west (in particular Wales obviously) tend to have Celtic or Celtic-influenced names, so I suppose it depends on which part of the "dark ages" you are interested in. Something that particularly interests me are the remaining place names that reveal Anglo-Saxon pagan origins, of which there are relatively few survivals: e.g. Wansdyke and Woodnesborough are named after the old god Woden and there is a town called "Thundersley" named after Thunor/Thunder. Then there are the days of the week, which are pretty much all called after Anglo-Saxon deities.

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