Monday, 29 November 2010

Horse Skullduggery & UFO TV

Here we observe that horse skulls have been carefully placed underneath the floorboards of an old mansion in Norfolk, England, supposedly to "improve the sound acoustics of the room", OR perhaps as part of some ritual connected to the British Horse Cult, which dates back to least the Old Stone Age, and whose emblem is carved into the very hills of our country.

From the classified section of the March 1971 issue of the British Practical Wireless magazine. Has anyone out there tried contacting UFOs through the home television set?


  1. The acoustics theory is intriguing - how was it supposed to work?

  2. Hi Glimmung, thanks, these are two of my best finds. I found the horse skulls photo in a library book years ago, can't remember the title or author, but it is real.

    Hi Bollops, horse skulls were placed under the floor in the UK and Ireland (in places where country dances were performed), supposedly for the acoustics - but this seems like a cover story; I can't see how they'd improve any sound to a noticeable effect. Surely it's more likely that the practice has an occult significance?

  3. Maybe they do have some effect though:

    "The second hypothesis, acoustic enhancement, takes the explanations of the practice made by O’Suilleabhain’s informants at face value. i.e., it explains the burial of skulls as an attempt to provide a hollow area below clay stamped floor or stone flagging so that it would increase the sound of musicians and dancers in a room. This use of horse skulls as sounding boxes is by no means limited to the Republic and has been discovered on a number of occasions in Ulster. Dr Alan Gailey describes in the Yearbook of the Ulster Folklore and Transport Museum (1969-70: 13-14) the discovery of nine horse skulls beneath a house floor near Crossgar, Co. Down and another from an 18century house in Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Dr Gailey points out that these finds as well as others reported tend to associate with ceilidhing houses. Consequently, the location o the skulls in the middle of rooms (and not under wall foundations or hearths) the explanation offered by the informants themselves, and the association of the practice with structures used for music and dancing tends to support the ‘echo; theory."

  4. Fascinating stuff; thanks for the research, OKOK!