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Probably why the medieval village is also here. We'll add environmental detail when we get the information. Once we know about tree cover and so on. Hot day up here. What you get from up here, about 60ft above the site, is an idea of its layout. For the first time I can really see that there's a cluster of six pits in a circle, two of which we know have got complete burials in them.
Another contains bits of human bone and the others haven't been studied. And further on from that, they've been burying animals - sheep, possibly some bits of pig so there were all sorts of strange, probably ritual activities going on.
Is that going in the right place? As it's stuck we'll have to pull. Let's try and free it if we can. We have been but with the gravel on the side, you can't get much down. See if you can give him a gentle rock now - see if you get any movement at all. Never mind, it'll break anyway, up to a point. Oh, yes Hold on tight there. I'm quite surprised that he came out in one piece, really. I was expecting him to just collapse but it's good. Looks very different as well.
I suppose last time I saw the burial, it was all crouched. What happened to the skull? Last time I saw that, it was in one piece - it was cracked a bit but it's fallen to bits. It was only held together by soil and when cleaned, it fell apart. Well, if we accept that that's a bit of a disaster, what have you been able to find out about the person?
Well, firstly, it's a man. And how old was he? It's the teeth that really tell us about that. This is part of his upper jaw. The white enamel crown on this molar has been completely worn away. And that sort of thing is probably characteristic of a man in his fifties when he died. Is that cos they had harder stuff to chew? Their diet was very coarse whereas we eat factory-made pap! So, are we all becoming weak-jawed?
Would our jaws look very different?
I think they would. If we could bring this person to life, or anyone else from the medieval period, they would look very lantern-jawed compared with us. That should be a dull surface - the shine signifies advanced arthritis. So, is one bone rubbing on another and wearing it away? You don't, do you? I suppose we've got to wait for you people to sort it out. I shall be very surprised. There's a good chance that we are interrelated one way or the other if there's just a couple of villages of hunter-gatherers interbreeding.
We don't really know that much about the background of British people - they're a mix of Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and Viking, and relatively few studies have been done on British populations.
It's a challenge to go to an English village and find out from scratch just how many DNA sequences we will detect among these villagers.
But all the indications are that it's going to be possible to do that. It's part of the nasal bone. Now, are we lucky or what? Not a desperately prepossessing looking fellow. There's our lower jaw - pretty wild, eh? The pegs were bad enough but when you put the eyeballs in as well!
I think this object will change the whole way we think about the site. That's the one you're interested in. It's a brooch, what's called a penannular brooch.
Bleadon Village History
Of late Bronze Age, we understood. Sorry to disappoint you - no. This is Iron Age. It's a type that is not known before about BC.
A problem with a Bronze Age date - this is iron and you don't get that then! So, we have to rethink about the burial date? But it's still interesting - this type of brooch in iron is quite rare.
It's just about years later than we thought.
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We've found a nice collection of the remains of the crops that were consumed by the people who lived there. What were they growing? These are the two sorts found in the samples from Bleadon. This is a modern ear of emmer wheat here on the left. And on the right is spelt wheat.
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Neither has been grown in Britain for hundreds of years. It's much harder to extract the grain from these "hulled" wheats than it is from modern "free-threshing" wheats. It would have been more complicated to extract the grain for consumption from these wheats.
So, hard work for the farmers. If you didn't know what date this site was, and you'd looked at all the seeds, what would you suggest? I would think it was late prehistoric, um, most probably Iron Age. Does your first look at the animal bones bear this out? Lots and lots of sheep, including a lot of young sheep. A certain amount of cattle and very, very few pigs or possibly even none at all. Did they also have sheep dogs, then?
They certainly had dogs to guard the sheep and cattle and we found a bit of evidence for them in the site. That's a tooth and we can get an idea from that of the sort of size of dog it was. We compared it with the dogs in our reference collection and it's about the same size and shape as the modern collie - perhaps a little smaller. That's one man and part of his dog. What else is there?
Bones in the Barnyard
To the west of the A you can walk, high tide permitting, from Bleadon Bridge across two fields to the back of the Purn Caravan Park, then across one more field to the track that leads to the first bend in Accommodation Road from which it is but a short step to the Anchor and Catherines Inn. Also from Bleadon Bridge you can follow the river on the south side in the opposite direction as far as the bridge near South Hill Farm and then having crossed the Bridge, on the north side for a short distance before turning left to the farm.
Both walks offer interesting perspectives of the village and the Mendips. To me the bridge by the farm, known to generations of local boys as the Cow Bridge and a favourite jumping-off point in summer, has a unique point of interest that brackets Bleadon with Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sydney, Australia.
It was built in the I's by Donnan Long, the company that built the somewhat larger bridges in those world famous cities. Unfortunately, there is also a very sad tale to tell about our local stretch of river. You can find the memorial to it in our Churchyard, just behind the Kathleen Beeby Memorial garden: At the head of the grave are the words "A life given for another".
Edwin's story was told me by Ken Durston, who was born in Bleadon From his earliest years Ken remembers Edwin as an established resident, living alone in a small wooden building at the top of the land belonging to The Mount in Shiplate Road. It seems likely he had arrived there after World War One, when he had been a conscientious objector. The owner of The Mount, Bert Over, was a fellow objector and there appears to have been another idealistic strand to the story in that close to Edwin's hut was another in which courses in Esperanto were held.
There were fruit orchards and strawberry fields at The Mount and when the weather was fine the local children used to help with the picking under the supervision of Edwin and Bert.
They would also take the children swimming in a shallow part of the Axe between the sluice and the Cow Bridge, to cool off after their labours. They were joined in the summer holidays by underprivileged boys from Bristol, who were accommodated in a hutted camp at Barton between Webbington and Winscombe. These boys were transported in a huge Studebaker owned by Bert's sister and garaged by Roy Goodall, who also provided a driver.
I suppose that nowadays we would say it was an accident waiting to happen. On that July day in a Bristol boy got into difficulties. Edwin tried to save him, but could not and both were drowned.