Sports Archaeology? What lies beneath the pitch…

G’day Almanackers,


Friend of the Footy Almanac Bernard Whimpress brought this quirky photo to our attention. It comes via Kevin Fewster in the UK, former director of the Royal Museum in Greenwich.



Millennium Stone Circle, Hilly Fields, Brockley [source: Kevin Fewster]


Kevin writes:


“Photo taken during our walk today to Hilly Fields, Brockley. Note (tiny) cricket pitch in centre of stone circle, definitive proof that Neolithic people played cricket. Stonehenge was obviously a one-day ground, hence its short boundaries. I’m told the England team practice their boundary slides here at Brockley; tough boys not put off by the solidity of the boundary markers!”



Though this tongue-in-cheek scene is even less authentic than an England World Cup victory, sports archaeology is a rather more real pursuit and provides plenty of answers (and more questions!) to the formation of what we know of our shared athletic history.




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