Digging into ancient history
Remains of ancient creatures found around the world have led to advances in paleontology, the study of prehistoric life.
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#1 Jul 22, 2011
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#2 Aug 25, 2011
Heelstone Foxhound Shrines
Malmesbury, Wiltshire County, and the surrounding area, have some astonishing links to the United States, especially when you consider both the town's size (Population: 4631), and rural location. Historically Malmesbury was a center for learning and home to Malmesbury Abbey. Once the site of an Iron Age fort, it is the oldest borough in England.
1. Penns of Pennsylvania came originally from this district. The family lived in Minety in 1560 and one of the family members was Law Clerk of Malmesbury, who died about 1590. Some of the family are buried in Minety itself. Also one of the older buildings in Minety, a house called "The Mansells", was the home of the father of the famous William Penn.
2. Sir Lawrence Washington one of Malmesbury's earlier and most respected members of parliament, Lawrence Washington resided in Garsden Manor. He is an ancestor of George Washington, the first US President, and is buried in Garsden Church. Of particular interest is his ownership of Stonehenge, Wiltshire County, for over five decades.
3. Nancy Hanks the mother of Abraham Lincoln was a Malmesbury woman. Her family went on to America to settle. Abraham Lincoln got most of his looks from his mother's side, and some say also his drive and initiative. The Hanks, some of whom still reside in the area, are one of the oldest families in Malmesbury, dating back to the Saxon era.
Nine miles (14 km) from Malmesbury towards Washington's Stonehenge is the 3rd century BC "Hound Lord" dog shrine: hall, hostel, shops, and priest's house; at Nettleton Shrub, Wiltshire County. After 69 AD it was dedicated to Apollo Cunomaglus for cult worship. Penns, Washingtons, and Hanks frequented the Heelstone Foxhound Shrines.
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