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On yesterday’s walk to Wilfholme Landings I looked around Watton and Beswick churchyards.  I’m not sure I’m a true taphophiliac, because I have never really pondered my feelings of contentment whenever I wander round a graveyard. 958 more words


A Country Churchyard

This was taken as I stood underneath the oldest Yew tree in Europe.

A tiny village in Wales is believed to be home to Britain’s oldest tree – a yew that first took took root more than 5,000 years ago.   53 more words


Scything at St John's Church

Today I have been teaching a group of volunteers at St John’s Church at Sharow near Ripon in North Yorkshire. The Church has been developing it’s site, including an award winning conservation area in the grounds. 172 more words


Wildlife in Churchyards

I loathe a tidy churchyard. I hate to see their freshly mown grass and neatly trimmed edges. Give me unkempt, wild and natural graveyards any day. 226 more words

The Loneliest Gravestone? Dejection and Mortuary Archaeology

Lonely things made me sad, lonely tombs most of all. Lonely funerary monuments in urban centres are particularly uncanny and dejected.

What defines loneliness in archaeodeath terms? 1,404 more words

Archaeologies Of Death And Memory

TWO POEMS ON THE SAME SUBJECT - But very different!


A blade honed to scalpel sharpness

To cut through skin and bone and meat.

Around a fire, a meagre meal, and men

With sweaty shirts and tempers frayed. 344 more words

Poetry, Verse And Euphonic Writing

The Derwen Churchyard Cross

Visiting the church of Saint Mary Derwen (Denbighshire) is a treat. As well as its post-medieval memorials it possesses a 15th-century rood screen – a rare survival from Wales. 479 more words

Medieval Archaeology