Mick Harper wrote:The 'English' having to butcher millions of Welsh has been uncomfortable for some time so even the Daily Mail likes the idea of us popping over here earlier to set up language labs and/or asking the Welsh if they wouldn't mind relocating to Wales. I expect there were grants and so forth.
It sounds almost as though the Welsh getting grants from the EU is nothing new. Except this is the English Uncomfortable version of the EU. Or was the "grant" the Welsh Princes taxing the poor grumbling English to maintain their Welsh pro-Roman lifestyle?
Meanwhile, English Heritage has been having a rummage through the fields south of Silbury.
English Heritage's Later Silbury project aimed to shed light on a poorly understood period of activity around Silbury Hill
Silbury has been poorly understood by English Heritage for a long time. Notable among the many things they didn't find is who moved in after the Romans:
Phase 5: Post-Roman and medieval - No Anglo-Saxon or medieval features were found
Ref: https://www.academia.edu/21117138/An_ev ... er_meadows
Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Magazine, vol. 106 (2013), pp. 101-166
Was the whole site Army Surplus? Abandoned by the Roman garrison (or transit camp, or service depot, depending on your version of Roman Miliitary Logisitics). Nobody moved in, not Saxons or Welsh, not even native Brits as squatters or festival site goers. Perhaps they'd given-up on maintainance of the drainage into the Kennet and there was too much rising damp. It must have been an undes-res.
Army camps in Wiltshire is nothing new, but the nearest army camp was just down the road at Le Marchant in Devizes. In 1945, it played host to some of the remnants of the very latest attempt at a Roman-style pan-European army. At a strange time when there were more German troops in Britain than British. Everyone was playing away from home. Devizes was specially honoured(?) by hosting the Waffen-SS, as their share of the 250,000 German prisoners.