hvered wrote:Donna wrote:The term “maiden” is becoming an increasingly mysterious term as orthodoxy finally rids itself of the various folkloric guesses that currently festoon place-name theory. They are almost but not quite at the stage of “We don’t know”. Is this one associated with trees as the name implies? I ask because most of the chalk-country stuff I am familiar with is notably tree-free.
Maiden indicates a timber tree (as opposed to trees that are pollarded or harvested for fencing etc.).
It may be that maiden used in connection with an enclosure reflects its unpenetrated, unbroken status in contrast to the embankments from earlier, broken causewayed enclosures e.g. Maiden Bower" which literally means "unbroken enclosure".
spiral wrote: Maiden.= Mai....Den its similar to May....Field. It is probably just two words simply added together.
Stuart wrote:spiral wrote: This is a recurring problem with sites where people have worked, fought, herded and the like. Maiden could be the English equivalent of mynydd, Welsh for mountain, i.e. mound. Or even mined. Are Maiden hills just slagheaps? When archaeologists find a site with, say, char marks, can they distinguish between a so-called temple and a workshop?
Boreades wrote: Judging by the Archaeos' track record, they will probably call it Ritual Sacrifice To Pagan Gods.
hvered wrote: The trackway from the Cross in Hand site goes south, crossing the River Frome at Muckleford, and runs straight past Winterbourne Abbas to Portesham, on the ridgeway overlooking Chesil Beach and Abbotsbury. Blimey, you could hardly find a more strategic route.
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