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Grounding Faith at Glastonbury: Episodes in the Early History of Alternative Archaeology

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Abstract Alternative archaeology is often treated as a very modern phenomenon, but a great deal depends on what is meant by “alternative.” New research into the post-Reformation history of one small Somerset town suggests that the symbolic freight attached to the idea of Glastonbury shifted dramatically several times, reflecting changing frameworks of belief in the wider world and their relationship to political realities. “Alternative” and “mainstream” swapped places several times, and each time their narratives were played out in the physical remains of the Abbey.

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