May
11
2009

Medieval Church Unearthed

I stumbled across this story on BBC news. A medieval church was discovered by a team of archaeologists from Lampeter University. The site was discovered in a city that is apparently unpronounceable by humans. A geophysical survey was used to detect the foundation of the church in Swyddffynnon, Wales. Given the amount of material, possible other buildings and additional evidence of human activity found it has been speculated by the team that this may be the site of a medieval village.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Joe's picture
Joe says:

How does a church made by people end up with a name that is unpronounceable?

posted on Mon, 05/11/2009 - 2:45pm
stephanowicz's picture

Swyddffynnon is the name of the city the church was found in. I do not know how to say, but I am wondering if anyone wants to take a stab at that. Plus its just a ridiculous looking name. Also, I am fascinated with how things get underground like that; obviously the whole church is not underground, just the foundation, but the fact that for many reasons I am sure the ground level rises over the years is just neat.

posted on Mon, 05/11/2009 - 2:57pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

How does stuff get buried? Think about your weekly dusting around the house. How many little particles inside your home fall on the window sill, etc. We brush them off to keep them from mounting up. Now think about being outside, for hundreds of years with no one dusting the surfaces, wind blowing sand, dirt and debris about. Occasionally a big storm might wash a bigger pile of mud and much around. That's how stuff gets buried over time, particularly if the area is not disturbed by development.

posted on Mon, 05/11/2009 - 3:16pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Also, I imagine the church has sunk some, too.

posted on Mon, 05/11/2009 - 3:34pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Hmm. I wouldn't feel too bad about having trouble pronouncing anything Welsh. I don't plan on even attempting to say this one until I can try it with a mouthful of marshmallows and chocolate milk. (For safety, and to round out my Welsh accent.) It's going to be a wild, lonely night, I think.

Also, to Buzz's many, many (many) Welsh readers: y'all don't really sound like you have a mouthful of marshmallows when you speak. That was just a funny joke. You really sound like elves. We should all be so lucky.

posted on Mon, 05/11/2009 - 3:27pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

You can hear a pronunciation of Swyddffynnon here. Also, other Welsh place-names here.

posted on Mon, 05/11/2009 - 3:38pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Wow...you CAN find everything on the Internet these days.

posted on Mon, 05/11/2009 - 3:38pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Speaking of hard to pronounce, how do you say "Steph_wojtanowicz"? LOL

posted on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:49am

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