Dec29

Anglo-Saxon Burhs and Early Norman Castles.

I am not aware that any serious attempt has ever yet heen made to ascertain what the nature of an Anglo-Saxon fortification was.

One of our best archaeologists observes that " whatever amount of difficulty may attend our inquiry respecting the domestic buildings of the Saxons, the character of their military edifices is involved in far greater obscurity."

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It is possible that this ignorance is mainly due to not making use of the materials which exist in a scattered and fragmentary condition, and which have never been pieced together. But it cannot be denied that the general absence of interest in questions of English archaeology has led to a complete lack of accumulated observations on the subject; and the difficulty of getting information, even about existing remains, can only be appreciated by those -who have attempted an inquiry of the kind.

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Author:
PROFESSOR BALDWIN BROWN, F.S.A. SCOT
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