Holy Wells: a source of inspiration or just an archaeological distraction?

This article was originally published in the Archaeological Forum Journal: CAB Yorkshire (Volume 3, 2014, pages 41-46). I am grateful to the editors of the publication for allowing me to reproduce it here.

Summary of contents

Roadside well in Lumb Lane, Almondbury

Roadside well in Lumb Lane, Almondbury

There are difficulties surrounding the definition of what constitutes a ‘holy well’ and this has led to ambiguities in the way that they are treated in the archaeological record. In this article I argue that more attention should be given to wells and water troughs for their archaeological rather than their folklore associations. This, I feel, would allow such structures to be place more appropriately in their historical and sociological context.

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Holy Wells – a source of inspiration or just an archaeological distraction

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