Shepherds' crowns, fairy loaves and thunderstones: the mythology of fossil echinoids in England

  title={Shepherds' crowns, fairy loaves and thunderstones: the mythology of fossil echinoids in England},
  author={Kenneth J. McNamara},
  journal={Geological Society, London, Special Publications},
  pages={279 - 294}
  • K. McNamara
  • Published 2007
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Abstract The presence of fossil echinoids in archaeological sites in southern England that range from the Palaeolithic through the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages, Romano-British to Anglo-Saxon indicates that humans have long had a propensity for collecting these fossils. The palaeo-ethnological significance of fossil echinoids can be determined from a number of criteria. The fossils may occur with the dead, either in burials or cremations, or be associated with past activities of the living… 

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