News Summary July 2017

Members

We had 52 members join last month who were the first subscribers to receive the introductory lesson of the Order of Celtic Wolves. Initial feedback has been really positive. These are a couple of comments we have received from new subscribers: –

“Wow. That was great I enjoyed that. Just did the lessons. I’m definitely interested in bard and vate. Not sure if I’m up to druid, however, I will simply aim for it as a goal, the final step of my journey. I’m going to save up some cash for a book for shadows and grimoire for myself. I thank you again, and I am very happy and excited to be a part of this order and look forward to taking that journey and carrying the flag for the order as well. This came to me at the perfect time in my life. Blessed be.” Andy Miller

“I really enjoyed the first lesson. Thank you for it.” Josiah Goodwin

“I first of all completely agree that there should be no hierarchy in a group, order or coven.” Sean Delaney

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Blessings to you all.

Wolf News

Wolf Centre

A Special Place

Tucked away in the quaint village of Combe Martin amidst the beautiful North Devon countryside you’ll find a special place… a unique research and education centre…. home for three packs of awe-inspiring wolves and wolf-hybrids.

Set up by Shaun Ellis in 2010, The Wolf Centre is not an “attraction” nor even a “zoo”… it is a place to discover, to learn, to savour!

Wolves arrive in Devon as part of bid to re-introduce them into the wild

Elvis, Sting, Lemmy, Moby, PJ and KD have all arrived at their new home in Devon.

This musician monikered group are six wolf cubs, and they have come to Devon as part of a campaign and research project that could eventually lead to the species being reintroduced to the wild in the UK.

The pack is settling into its new surroundings at Wildwood Escot in Ottery St Mary and is currently in quarantine after being shipped-in from Sweden.

The Wildwood Trust said the arrival of the wolves has been highly anticipated by visitors and marks a significant moment for the Trust in its newly acquired Devon location.

The Trust is working to protect and conserve Britain’s most endangered wildlife and reintroduce animals to where they once lived. If wolves are reintroduced to the wild in the UK, it is likely to be in Northern Scotland and it may not happen for several years.

Celtic News

5000 year old burial site found near Stonehenge

Students and archaeologists from the University of Reading have found a burial site dating back 5000 years in Wiltshire.

The monument was discovered between Stonehenge and Avebury as part of the University’s final Archaeology Field School in Pewsey Vale.

At the site a Neolithic long barrow burial mound – known as Cat’s Brain – was found and is the first, in half a century to be investigated in Wiltshire.

The monument, which predates nearby Marden Henge by over 1,000 years, may contain human remains buried there around 3,600 BC.

Further evidence pre-Roman Britons had wine culture

Archaeologists from the University of Exeter have been excavating an ancient settlement at Ipplepen in Devon this month and have discovered shards of Roman pottery, almost certainly from amphorae used for transporting wine and oil.

Since excavations have been conducted on the site since 2009, the settlement’s position within Roman Britain has been well established, with coins, part of a Roman road, enclosure ditches and a cemetery all dating to Roman times having been discovered.

The latest finds however push back the known occupation of the site by several hundred years to the 4th century BC, and the Roman artefacts uncovered are thought to come from a time well before the emperor Claudius launched the major invasion of 43AD or even before Julius Caesar’s minor incursions in 55 and 54BC.

Professor Stephen Rippon of the University of Exeter, told the BBC: “When we started excavating we thought that the site was only used during the Roman period, but the appliance of science has shown that it was occupied for well over a thousand years.

“Our excavations have given us further insight into how people made a living too.”

The finds suggest that not only was Celtic Britain enjoying a more active trading relationship with the continent than might previously have been supposed but ancient Britons – at least the nobility – also enjoyed luxuries such as wine and olive oil; although one cannot discount the possibility that the amphorae were reaching Britain empty of their original contents, as the pottery was considered valuable in and of itself. The discovery of wine paraphernalia in what was ancient Germany and Denmark is sometimes considered to be part of a trade in or general gifting of trinkets between the empire and the peoples beyond its frontiers rather than an indication of an active wine drinking culture.

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