Headhunters in Roman London

There’s an article in the Guardian today about new analysis of a stash of human skulls excavated at London Wall in 1988 which has pointed towards the theory that they may have been collected then displayed in open pits. They date from the second century AD, which rules them out as victims of Boudicca’s rebellion.

“They come from a peculiar area by the Walbrook stream, which was a site for burials and a centre of ritual activity – but also very much in use for more mundane pursuits. We have evidence of lots of shoe making, so you have to think of the cobbler working yards from these open pits, with the dog chewing away – really not nice.”The Guardian

Shame that they later describe the Walbrook as “long vanished” – it still gurgles away beneath the tarmac and spills out into the Thames near the bottom of Dowgate Hill. You can follow its course above ground – the Walbrook is very much present.

 

Here’s the rest of the article

The Glories of Forest Gate

Wooden carvings on the old Eagle and Child Pub – now Woodgrange Pharmacy

I’d passed the Eagle and Child on my way to the brilliant Coffee7 on Sebert Road, any coffee shop with a bookshelf like this has got to be good.

Aside from serving great coffee they operate a ‘Suspended Coffee’ scheme where you can pay for a coffee for somebody else who can’t afford one. They can just walk in a claim a free coffee. What a fantastic scheme – I’ve never been so happy to pay for a coffee that I didn’t drink.

Coffee7 was featured in this BBC News item about ‘Suspended Coffee’.

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Cryptic Symbols of London

I’d love to know what this is. 

Taken from The Pictorial Handbook of London Comprising its Antiquities, Architecture, Arts, Manufacture, Trade, Social, Literary, and Scientific Institutions, Exhibitions, and Galleries of Art (published in 1854)  – with a map engraved by Lowry

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Cryptic Symbols of Croydon

This may superficially appear to be the title page of book about the geology of Croydon but there is something distinctly esoteric about that symbol.
What hermetic secrets are encoded in the Wandle Gravels of Croydon?
I’m off to find out.

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