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#Hydronomastics is the study of #hydronyms, the proper names of bodies of water.

It's a branch of #toponomastics, the study of #toponyms (the proper names of places), which in turn is a branch of #onomastics, the study of #orthonyms (proper names).

French / Luxembourghish sign: The River Sauer in Martelan...
#Hydronym and #hydronomastics both derive from Ancient #Greek ὕδωρ / húdōr (water) + ὄνομα / ónoma (name). The Greek island of Skiatho...
#Hydronyms tend to outlast other #toponyms, even when new #languages and cultures displace earlier ones.

#England, #EastAnglia, #Essex, and #Sussex are named for the #Angles and #Saxons; but #Trent, #Ouse, #Thames, #Severn, and #Avon are older #Celtic and #RomanoBritish names. A map showing the main rive...
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A few #RomanoBritish (and even an Iron Age) ‘crowns’ have been found in excavations ... /1
5 #RomanoBritish ‘priestly diadems’ & a ‘crown’ were found at Hockwold, Norfolk, & poss. the building w/in a #temple enclosure where the sacred objects were stored - built c200AD & used until the late 4thC, maybe for the Eastern cult of Attis & Cybele..… /2 Image
The @britishmuseum says 1 was a ‘diadem of sheet bronze with (an) adjustable head-band’ decorated with 3 silver plaques (tho their note also suggests the middle & RH plaques have bn lost since the photo was taken 😮)… Image
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#LostLandscapes Mid3rdC floods from the sea filled #RomanoBritish peat diggings nr Outwell in the Cambs. fens with pale clay silt, highlighted from the air against the darker peat. On the ground they stand proud of the shrinking peat, looking rather like medieval ridge & furrow.. Image
Peat diggings on the photo in the prev. tweet are arrowed on this map of the #Roman-period #landscape just N of March, which shows settlements (red blotches), networks of fields, water courses (dark pink), peat diggings (thicker blue stripes), & even a canal across the wetlands. Image
And you can find all this and more via… #bliss
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THREAD. Once upon a time .... see those long pale strips w/ dark outlines leading from the fore- into the middle-ground of the photo? Hold onto your hats: #RomanoBritish #peat diggings close to then coast line & now in the Cambs #fens, dug before the mid-3rdC AD.
2. A major flood from the sea in the mid-3rdC filled these #RomanoBritish peat diggings w/ the light-coloured silt you can see in the photo. Now the peat wetlands they were part of have disappeared except for their dark outlines. They’re top L of the central blue block on the map
The map is from…, one of the iconic Fenland Survey volumes all available for free download.
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THREAD. So. A thought about material culture (the stuff people used) in England c.400AD+ & the shift from Mediterranean to NW European styles incorporating too #RomanoBritish crafts & art forms eg 1/2ndC brooch & 6thC escutcheon… &…
2. Tom Williamson's ingenious map emphasises how European and English coasts and rivers were connected across the North Sea, and how English watercourses facilitated movement into the heart of the country.
3. One way or another, the principal driver of that cultural change is assumed to be immigration from across the North Sea. The distribution of Anglo-Saxon artifacts (eg photo) is often interpreted as evidence for the impact of migration on changes in material culture.
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