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"Incense" use in Prehistoric Britian
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Quote:Does anyone have any evidence for "incense" burning in Bronze Age or Iron Age Britain? Any comments welcomed.

This is the question... but can't think of an answer.
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#2
roman but not earlier - try ian panter at york
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
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#3
'Pygmy' cups were purportedly used for this, but don't know if there's any actual evidence, have never had any of mine analysed. Many of them wouldn't have been much use as actual cups (holes in the side) so as good a guess as any
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i forgot http://www.pcrg.org.uk/articles/pigmy.htm
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
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#5
Cool, hadn't seen that, cheers :face-approve:
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#6
incensed by this question about incense maybe the route to the mighty answer mighty be in etymology as prentice points out the historic appearance in Latin records where we find the past participle "to set fire" which surely takes us to: to what ? and the very dawn when nature would have sated the common nostril with burnt offerings rendering an answer as in what isn't incense maybe water but I have heard that described as sweet (Greek fire Bronze age) and maybe the first use of incense needs to have elicited a human response like "I name this incense" but I am not sure that there is anything specific about the Bronze Age for this to occur then or to carry any authority or trade name or brand throughout time.

How about the first time somebody was hung by their own petar or setting light to it even. Now that was the day that needs to be associated with a Epoch, it has got an element of worth in accusing an Age for is discovery and it probably kick started most of science. Pre Bronze Age defo.
.....nature was dead and the past does not exist
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#7
Maybe BAJR should be looking at Ancient Egyptian parallels? Loads of scope for musing about Hebridean forays to the land of Punt, just need to photoshop some of the tomb paintings, luckily a lot of the guys are already in kilts Big Grin
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