TOMS, Katherine wrote:
> But just because we don't do something anymore doesn't mean it was never
> done. Why shouldn't a King or knight throw their weapons away to prevent
> them from being used, or as an offering?
I suppose they might ... in the same way I burnt all the pictures of my
first girlfriend after we broke up ... well not all!
Anyway, the description in Arthur is of the sword being thrown "as far
as possible" (or something like that) into the lake. That is what you
expect from someone trying to put their girlfriend's pictures out of
reach .... as far away as possible.
But my impression of sacrificial water offerings is that they aren't
thrown that far away. I remember someone diving in a lock saying that
you could spot the point at which all the skimmed stones reached,
because of the layer of flat stones, so if swords were thrown "as hard
as possible" into a loch, they would end up in a wide semi-circle which
would be very characteristic ... and I don't believe that is the case.
Moreover, what is the latest evidence for sacrificial water offerings?
To put it another way, if sacrificial water offerings were still part of
the culture in Norman times, then you would expect some evidence in the
archaeology for this period!
> We don't, as a rule, bury people with grave goods anymore either.
> Katherine Toms
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> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Arthur and sacrificial lake offerings
> John Wood wrote:
>>>> Christopher Kimberley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> But even today people would rather put their weapons beyond use
> rather than hand them
>> to somebody else.
>> With hindsight I could not agree more! :-(
> Do archaeologists throw their trowels into lakes when they give up
> archaeology? So why would a knight or a king throw in the towel?
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