Tīdunga: Þonne Nīwe ond Eald Mētaþ

Twelve Anglo-Saxon skeletons dating from around 750 – 900 A.D. were found earlier this week in Bicester buried under a modern car park where a new community center will be built. In Anglo-Saxon times the site was home to the cemetery belonging to a church that stood approximately at the location of the current St. Edburg’s Church. The skeletons will be examined to determine the diet and cause of the death of the individuals, and then re-interred in the contemporary cemetery. Read more at the Oxford Mail.

Last weekend at several locales in England (such as Kenninghall and Colwall), the age-old tradition of wassailing took place. Wassailing is traced back to an ancient tradition in which the locals of a community would go to trees, in particular fruit-bearing orchard trees, and drive evil spirits away by various means. The term wassail is derived from the Old English “wæs hāl” which in contemporary English means “be hale”.

And what can’t be made “green” these days? An Anglo-Saxon church in Buckinghamshire has recently been fitted with photovoltaic panels that will not only help the church lower its energy needs, but will even be a source of income! Read more at ecofriendnews.com.

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