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Month: February 2016

The Selkie by Jessica Shirley from "Merrow - The Irish Mermaid"

Merrow – The Irish Mermaid

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The word merrow or moruadh comes from the Irish muir (meaning sea) and oigh (meaning maid) and refers specifically to the female of the species. Mermen – the merrows male counterparts – have been rarely seen. They have been described as exceptionally ugly and scaled, with pig-like features and long, pointed teeth. Merrows themselves are extremely beautiful and are promiscuous in their relations with mortals.

The Irish merrow differs physically from humans in that her feet are flatter than those of a mortal and her hands have a thin webbing between the fingers. It should not be assumed that merrows are kindly and well-disposed towards mortals. As members of the sidhe, or Irish fairy world, the inhabitants of Tir fo Thoinn (the Land beneath the Waves) have a natural antipathy towards humans. In some parts of Ireland, they are regarded as messengers of doom and death.

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Wheel in situ at Must Farm with hub visible

Most complete Bronze Age wheel to date found at Must Farm near Peterborough

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The largest and best-preserved Bronze Age wheel in Britain has been uncovered at Must Farm, a site described as Peterborough’s Pompeii. The wheel will Inset images: Excavation of Bronze Age Wheel at Must Farm one metre in diameter, with hub clearly visible, extend our understanding of early technologies and transport systems.

Archaeologists working at Must Farm, a Bronze Age site near Peterborough, have uncovered a 3,000-year-old wheel, the first and largest complete example ever to be discovered in Britain. The find, which will broaden our understanding of Late Bronze Age life, is the latest from a settlement described as Peterborough’s Pompeii. The large wooden round houses, built on stilts, plunged into a river after a dramatic fire 3,000 years ago.

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Review of New Law to protect Historic Environment in Wales

A new law to protect historic monuments and buildings in Wales was passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 1st May 2015.

The Historic Environment (Wales) Bill gives local authorities powers to make owners carry out repairs if they damage monuments.

Battlefields, prehistoric settlements and place names will also be recorded.

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The Midwife and the Fair Folk

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A long time ago, there lived a woman in a tidy little cottage tucked away between two hills. She was well known in those parts for being skilled in the art of midwifery, having helped in the delivery of just about every child within a day’s walk of her little cottage.

One night she was just getting ready to go to bed when she heard a knock on the door. She opened the door but saw nothing but the faint glimmer of a lantern on the roadway, perhaps a late night traveller making for the warmth and comfort of the village inn. She was about to close the door when the person with the lantern called out, imploring her to throw on her coat and follow him, for his wife was in labour and needed assistance.

She hesitated at this request, for it was dark and cold outside, but she shouted at him to wait and went to fetch her coat and bag. She followed him down the road and past the annagh, or cut-away bog, and down into the wood. The man kept up a blistering pace, close enough for her to walk by the light of the lantern but too far away to get a proper view of him.

The Midwife enters the Fairy Mound

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