Could it be that Neolithic and Bronze Age are nouns and medieval has
adjective origin in that is a descriptive term for a period of time?
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From: "Talbot, Gareth J" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, January 09, 2004 10:14 AM
Subject: Capital 'M'
Just a random query....
Maybe someone can answer this question that's been knocking around...call it
a Friday conundrum if you will.
I was always taught to write 'medieval' and 'post-medieval' with lower case
introductions (apart from at the start of a sentence obviously), and terms
like Neolithic and Bronze Age with capitals. Now I'm not naming names, or
having a gripe but I have also encountered people who say it should be
'Medieval' and 'Post-Medieval', and vehemently defend this.
Looking at the BIAB chronology list I note they spell them like I was
taught, in what I think is the correct way
So does anyone out there have anything to add? i.e. Why are some periods
spelt with capital intros and others without?
I really should get out more.
Gareth J Talbot BSc(Hons) AIFA
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