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Long Barrow


Lugbury has as the first syllable the name of a celtic god, Lugh or Lugus found mostly in Gaul but also in Britain, its Welsh equivalent is Lleu, and the land round here would probably have been Old Welsh country. Strange therefore, that two kilometres from the longbarrow should there be but the temple site of Nettleton Shrub, a romano-british shrine of several periods. The earliest being an early native round enclosure or temple. The dedications found at this site refers to Diana and her hound, Mercury and Rosmerta and Apollo Cunomaglus (the hound god)..... As Sulis was coupled with Minerva at Bath, Lugus as a celtic god was probably coupled with the roman Mercury. So does that mean that this longbarrow has carried the name down through the centuries, or has it been named by antiquarians? 28/7/06 to answer my own question, it seems to be called Lockstone on the 18th map of Andrew and Dury moss Posted by moss
15th March 2006ce
Edited 8th December 2006ce

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I was wondering about the connection to the 'god' Lugh; here tucked away under Miscellaneous is a wealth of information from both Moss and Rhiannon. It must be a tad irritating when new(ish) people arrive and get excited about places that have been well visited and written about; if it needs to be said (and it probably doesn't) TMA is an excellent and accessible resource especially when you start reading back through old fieldnotes and other categories. tjj Posted by tjj
8th July 2010ce
Give over June, it's not irritating, don't most people write about the sites for the very reason of encouraging others? :) Funnily enough I tried to get to Lugbury the very same day as you, but stupidly took took too early a turning and missed it. Interesting to see the elder's back, it's tenacious stuff it would seem. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
9th July 2010ce
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