Lecture – Land of Faunus? Tracking the Horned God of Norfolk

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 16/07/2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Reepham Town Hall

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Tracks and Traces 2014Talk by Imogen Ashwin (World Tree)

It has long been known that Faunus, the goat-god, had a particular following in Roman Norfolk. His cult seems to have been especially strong in the Thetford area, where a hoard of magnificent objects relating to his worship was discovered in 1979. Recently, the work of Adrian Marsden and others has shown that Faunus may quite properly be termed ‘the Norfolk god’. Increasing numbers of artefacts once identified as Pan are now believed to depict Faunus, images of whom are practically unknown in the UK outside Norfolk.  Close to Reepham, Faunus masks have been found in Cawston and Elsing. Why was this deity so appealing to people in Roman Norfolk? Are we seeing a continuation of practice from that of the Iceni tribe and their own favoured god?

In this talk, Imogen explores possible threads whereby worship of this rural god of flocks, fields and prophesy might share ground with the spiritual beliefs of Norfolk’s prehistoric barrow people, Anglo-Saxon settlers and staunch medieval churchgoers. Presenting ideas that are unashamedly speculative, she invites you to journey with her in imagination through, under and over our county, together allowing ourselves to ask ‘what if?’.

Everyone welcome! No need to book in advance. Admission £3 per person, £2 ages 5 – 16.

Thirteenth century carving in Little Dunham church - whose is this mysterious horned head?

Thirteenth century carving in Little Dunham church – whose is this mysterious horned head?

Festival of Archaeology 2014