There was plenty growing on Martin Green's farm on Cranbourne Chase when the
CBA-SW had its field trip there this year.
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From: "Bea Hopkinson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: "Andrew Smith" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2003 6:51 AM
Subject: Re: woad
> On 10/9/03 6:14 AM John Wood writes:
> Peter Reynolds at Butser Iron Age Farm experimented with growing woad.
> As I recall it was a root - but it could have been a plant - I just don't
> remember. Butit could still be there.
> >David Freeman wrote:
> >> If the interest is the Roman comment 'paint themselves blue', Caesar
> >> mentions vitrum, which is a blue volcanic glass high in cobalt, that
> >> ground down into powder and painted onto the skin when mixed with
> >> fat.
> >> David
> >If so where would the vitrium originate? I imagine it would not occur
> >naturally in Britain, unless proven wrong.