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|Description ||In the foreground of this photo, my L-shaped copper dowsing rod marks the position of the 'oval house' I dowsed. I'd be interested to know whether this IS in fact where the hut shrine was situated.|
Quote from site info board:
"Close to the temple was an oval hut, thought to have functioned as a shrine. This was built directly over an Iron Age hut...."
"Many unusual finds were excavated in both the temple and the hut shrine, including hundreds of coins and several statues, some imported from the Mediterranean. These were offerings brought to the deity who presided over the temple.
This deity was perhaps the goddess Minerva, who was depicted on a bronze plaque found on the site. The lavish gifts and offerings show the flourishing wealth of the temple patrons."
| I tried 'Googling' for info on this 'oval hut shrine' today, but no luck. Does anyone know where it was situated? I DO hope it is where I dowsed it!|
| Yippee!... I think I got this position right. Mick Sharp, writing about these temples in 'Holy Places of Celtic Britain', gives the orientation for the door openings as 'south-east' and the furthest wall of the temple here as 'north-east'. |
Quoting the possible proof:
"Around 350 - when Christianity was the official Roman religion - a circular pagan temple was built, in stone, within the foundations of an Iron Age timber shrine. A little later a Romano-Celtic temple was built just to the north-east."
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