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The Grey Mare & Her Colts / Image by thesweetcheat

Definitely, it's like a mini-West Kennett LB. The whole area is bursting with prehistoric stuff. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
23 Feb 17ce

The Grey Mare & Her Colts / Image by thesweetcheat

That's a nice site as well. Must have been some place back in the day. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23 Feb 17ce

Dolmen del barranc d'Espolla / Image by tiompan

A nice site Mr C. Just bought a book about Dolmens in Sicily btw. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23 Feb 17ce

Maeshowe / News by drewbhoy

"Seeing as the highly subsidised 'government' neglects its heritage. " Sorry Mr G, having our Govts hands tied behind its back is the problem. Think we've been propping up Westmonster for to long. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23 Feb 17ce

Maeshowe / News by drewbhoy

Jeez Louise! I hadn't even considered the idea of an "unmanned" Zebra Crossing. Genius Gladman! What was I thinking... (or NOT thinking)?! The zebra crossing!It utilises an existing set of technology (coloured lightbulbs) and an audio signal for when it is safe to cross. The button is pressed, the lights change, traffic stops, people cross, lights flash and everyone gets on with their day. There is one down my way at Carlops by the Pentlands which is solar powered and is an "on-demand" one for use by riders of the Icelandic Ponies at Windygowl to cross the A702. The through traffic is NOT interrupted unless an Icelandic Rider presses to cross. If that ain't a niche pedestrian crossing I don't know what is. They can't say that you couldn't have similar one for a tomb.
I'm not sure the "Heritage Industry" will like the pedestrian crossing idea though. Maybe the kerbs at either side of the road will be inadequate. Possible consultation exercise there. No wait a minute... what about a tunnel? A tunnel that leads to The Brodgar Experience... With an exit through the Gift Shop...
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
23 Feb 17ce

Maeshowe / News by drewbhoy

I agree. Citing 'children's safety' could well be seen as a cynical attempt to pre-empt rational debate... such as 'why can't Historic Scotland use some of the cash it fleeces from tourists at the cash cow sites to finance a zebra crossing?'. Seeing as the highly subsidised 'government' neglects its heritage. I've come across so many trashed sites during my wanderings in Scotland that I do begin to wonder if they take themselves too literally... the welfare of the 'Prehistoric' being out of scope? No money in it. Unless you can create a " Ness of Brodgar experience". Tell people what to think, instead of challenging them to think for themselves.

GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
22 Feb 17ce

Maeshowe / News by drewbhoy

My school utilised the Tufty Club (Road Safety Crossing Scheme - I still have my badge though I don't wear it) and a lollipop person. The busy main road we crossed also had a every-10-minutes-service-bus route as well as coal lorries and loads a cars. In the twelve years (Aug 1967- June1980) at the primary and adjacent secondary school no-one was injured by a road accident.
There is nothing to this story which could not be accommodated by a revamped Tufty Club Scheme and a paid lollipop person.
Good grief.

But I do feel that this is NOT about Maes Howe road safety, but a protracted scheme to restrict public access across Ness of Brodgar, Stenness, Barnhouse and Maes Howe in advance of an attempt at major "heritage"tourist development. You simply cannot have people walking about, looking at things, taking in the sites for free... you need to manage them, ticket them and restrict them... but people don't like that... so you have to make it about "public safety", "road safety", "school child safety", "traffic management".
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
22 Feb 17ce

Kingston Russell / Image by thesweetcheat

Thank you, more to come from this walk - 3 stone circles, 2 chambered tombs and the bank barrow visited on this walk. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
22 Feb 17ce

Dolmen del barranc d'Espolla / Image by tiompan


The pics were taken in September /October , weather was warm but not too hot and mostly dry at all altitudes .
We have stayed in various places in the area , in October it was Ceret , just across the border .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
22 Feb 17ce

Dolmen del barranc d'Espolla / Image by tiompan

Love to get down to this part of Spain, weather looks great, what time of year did you visit? Any particular base or just touring? Posted by costaexpress
22 Feb 17ce

Kingston Russell / Image by thesweetcheat

Enjoyed the photo's, yet to visit Kingston Russell, looking forward to it even more now. Posted by costaexpress
22 Feb 17ce

Dolmen del barranc d'Espolla / Image by tiompan

Sadly the pic is not very clear , the stone could have done with some water but none available . Even for the area the markings were not quite typical . Immediate geology was very friable . tiompan Posted by tiompan
22 Feb 17ce

Dolmen del barranc d'Espolla / Image by tiompan

Interesting, looks like someone caught a doodle bug and went for it. Doesn't seem like the usual type of stone for carvings. ryaner Posted by ryaner
22 Feb 17ce

Maeshowe / News by drewbhoy

They have to be careful with Orkney I think. Hopefully not to many cooks................

Same for me going to places in England wearing a green and white scarf :-)
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
21 Feb 17ce

Marlborough Mound / Link by tjj

better one than nun ,i just would like to see some xamples is all m8, Posted by Bill Carson
21 Feb 17ce

Maeshowe / News by drewbhoy

You live in Aberdeenshire Drew, so not too far for you. There are many people willing to make the journey to NE Scotland and take the ferry over there. That's what I did, as a tourist I confess. Had dreamt of going for some time and my visit to the Ring of Bodgar remains vivid in my memory - the sky and sea-loch so very, very blue that day. Would love to go back.

I would hate it to turn into another Stonehenge. At least Orkney has the advantage of not attracting visitors so much in the winter. I've read the news link and it sounds as though all concerned are being very mindful of safety issues for the local school.
tjj Posted by tjj
21 Feb 17ce

Maeshowe / News by drewbhoy

Totally agree Moss (but they are not that far away :-) !!) and like you have been saying it for years. Turning into a Scottish Stonehenge :-( drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
21 Feb 17ce

Marlborough Mound / Link by tjj

Only one person mentions the possibility of an earth goddess - the film also has Barry Cunliffe, Jim Leary, and Ronald Hutton talking about the people who lived four and half thousand years ago. An odd little film really as its also about Marlborough School, its pupils, and Mound Trust - which feels like a juxtaposition to the archaeology side of it all. tjj Posted by tjj
21 Feb 17ce

Maeshowe / News by drewbhoy

There is something sad about the erosion of tourism to these far off isles. A way of life slowly disrupted by cruise ships and prehistoric tourism, just to get a glimpse of something in the flesh and in doing create more car parks (and roads?) just for the sound of money in the till. moss Posted by moss
21 Feb 17ce

Marlborough Mound / Link by tjj

earth goddess in the landscape,like the sleeping beauty at callanish,would like to see some exsamples. Posted by Bill Carson
21 Feb 17ce

The Rollright Stones / Folklore by Rhiannon

That's a lovely article. The Cornish for "stone dance" mentioned in it is dans maen (same as the Welsh word) which has given the Merry Maidens near Lamorna an alternative name "Dawn's Men". thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
19 Feb 17ce

Old Keig / Image by tiompan

Well definitely large, not sure you could put a spirit level on it though, and get the bubble in the middle.... moss Posted by moss
18 Feb 17ce

Soussons Common Cairn Circle / Image by Ravenfeather

That is a lovely site. Cheers PK. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
17 Feb 17ce

Kettley Crag / Image by Hob

Excl Hob, glad you are back :-) drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
17 Feb 17ce

Kettley Crag / Image by Hob

One day, for sure. It's an area I have never visited. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16 Feb 17ce
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