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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
(10-28-2019, 12:00 PM)John1 Wrote: why is it Academics don't engage in this sort of research?... the finding of Brunanburh was down to Wirral Archaeology an amateur group

Perhaps because the chances of a definite 'find' are so very slim? As we've discussed, there's not much likelihood that this battle site, were it located, would yield anything like certain evidence; this would be a place within settled Romanised territory, probably on or close to a road used for centuries and more or less 'picked clean'. Beyond (maybe) a few lost hobnails and some stray arrow heads or bits of armour, and (very maybe) some sort of bone or ash deposit, any site would have to remain 'possible' at best.

Most battlefield identifications (in the UK) seem to rely on amateur groups, or local societies. They have the time, I suppose, and they're close to the area? I keep meaning to try and contact the Berkhamsted & District Archaeological Society, who did the Tring/Cow Roast excavations, and see if any of the finds are still kept somewhere, although since the last dig was in the 70s or 80s I doubt I'd have much luck!

Unless a battle site offered up paradigm-shifting amounts of material evidence, or caused us to rewrite our understanding of the historical narrative (which this one - unless it turned out to be in northern Britain, or Wales, or something, would not!) then the actual geographical location would be of no more interest to an academic historian than to the average armchair enthusiast.


(10-28-2019, 12:00 PM)John1 Wrote: where's the fun and self actualisation in that?

Most academics these days seem to get their kicks from denouncing people and cancelling each other on Twitter!
Nathan Ross
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Re: Calling all armchair generals! - by Ensifer - 03-11-2010, 03:13 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-18-2012, 06:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 12:02 AM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 05:40 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 11:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 05:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 09:42 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 10:10 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:25 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 08:36 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-26-2012, 02:57 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-27-2012, 01:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 08-05-2012, 02:24 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-07-2014, 02:18 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-08-2014, 01:50 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-11-2014, 02:03 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-18-2014, 07:54 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-20-2014, 02:37 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-25-2014, 08:29 AM
RE: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand. - by Nathan Ross - 10-28-2019, 12:46 PM

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