You would probably be surprised how many people ARE buried with grave goods - certainly in my families recent bereavement, my mother had all the letters from my father that she had kept in with her when she was buried and my son who died as a baby had a selection to make archaeologists of the future think - a set of silver bangles (adult size) - because he like to watch them and listen to the noise they made, a replica of a Roman tree of life ring I gave my wife when he was due, a wooden rattle (made by a wood turner friend of ours), a minature George Medal and NI medal from his godfather, plus the outfit he was wearing. -----Original Message----- From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of TOMS, Katherine Sent: 13 February 2008 11:24 To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Arthur and sacrificial lake offerings 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? We don't, as a rule, bury people with grave goods anymore either. Katherine Toms Assistant Aerial Survey Officer Exmoor National Park Authority c/o English Heritage 5 Marlborough Court Manaton Close Exeter EX2 8PF Tel: 01392 824531 -----Original Message----- From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michael Haseler Sent: 13 February 2008 11:19 To: [log in to unmask] 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? Mike _________________________________________________________________________________ This e-mail (and any attachments) is confidential and may contain personal views which are not the views of English Heritage unless specifically stated. If you have received it in error, please delete it from your system and notify the sender immediately. Do not use, copy or disclose the information in any way nor act in reliance on it. Any information sent to English Heritage may become publicly available. This email and any attachments is intended for the named recipient only. If you have received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose, store or copy any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the sender. Nothing in the email amounts to a legal commitment on our part unless confirmed by a signed communication. Whilst this email and associated attachments will have been checked for known viruses whilst within the Natural England systems, we can accept no responsibility once it has left our systems. Communications on Natural England systems may be monitored and/or recorded to secure the effective operation of the system and for other lawful purposes.