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Havängsdösen / Image by tiompan

Stunner George, you have visited some fantastic places on this trip :-) drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20 Jul 17ce

Havängsdösen / Image by tiompan

One skull and a chisel were the finds .
Yes, sunny and warm .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
20 Jul 17ce

Cerrig Caerau / Image by thesweetcheat

Looks like another great day out on the hills and rather remote. Posted by costaexpress
20 Jul 17ce

Havängsdösen / Image by tiompan

Love this site, what a beautiful place to bury the dead. Great weather by the look of things Posted by costaexpress
20 Jul 17ce

Havängsdösen / Image by tiompan

Yes , she built it . Or so she said . tiompan Posted by tiompan
19 Jul 17ce

Havängsdösen / Image by tiompan

Yes, but was there an ice-cream van?

Great looking site.
Evergreen Dazed Posted by Evergreen Dazed
19 Jul 17ce

South Howe / News by drewbhoy

It doesn't have to have been dropped by a Roman though, does it? I mean I've got coins on the mantelpiece from Holland, Hungary, Denmark. It might be something picked up by a trader wherever in the empire and dropped accidentally or given to somebody there as an Interesting Thing? Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18 Jul 17ce

Brin School / Image by drewbhoy

Cheers T, going back for another hike aroon very soon. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
18 Jul 17ce

South Howe / News by drewbhoy

And loads of coins in the Uists! drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
18 Jul 17ce

South Howe / News by drewbhoy

"Archaeologists said the works of classical writers suggested the Romans were aware of Orkney, with the writers even making claims of an invasion, although archaeologists and historians believe this to have been unlikely."

Pytheas sailed around Orkney in 325BC and called the islands the "Orcas".
Pomponius Mela referred to them as the "Orcades" in the 1st Century AD.
Orosius wrote that representatives of the King of Orkney travelled South to Southern England to meet Emperor Claudius in 43AD in a diplomatic effort to avoid war. Tacitus in his "Agricola" referred to Agricola sending his fleet round the tip of Britain to try and complete the victory over the Northern Picts after Mons Graupius in AD 84 and that Agricola's fleet "discovered and subjugated the Orcades hitherto unknown". Ptolemy in around 140AD referred to Orkas off the Northern tip of Britain. He even gave the number of islands. On this voyage he mentions that North of the Orcades they sighted Thule - which some people take to be Shetland and the Ultima Thule of the Greeks.
Roman amphora from pre-60AD found in Orkney and Shetland. Roman trade goods found in Orkney, Shetland and across the Hebrides. There is little doubt the Romans (and some before them) were aware of the Orkneys, Shetland and Scotland's Northern Isles and Hebrides.
The question of invasion... nah... mibbe... cannae see the point... probably just stopped the fleet off to top up their water and trade some wine for Walrus Ivory.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
18 Jul 17ce

Smart's Cairn / Fieldnotes by thelonious

Just been having a look on the internet to see if there is more info on the name of this cairn and the serpent. Found this from Kincardineshire OS Name Books, 1863 - love how it ends.

"A considerable cairn, of stones about 14 feet, in diameter and about 3 feet, in height from the base; situated on the south side of Strathfinella Hill. The traditions, relative to this Cairn are so extravagant, and wild, that none of them can with propriety be given here."
thelonious Posted by thelonious
18 Jul 17ce

Brin School / Image by drewbhoy

I love the area round here Drew. You're making me want to good back for a proper nosey around. Some fine hills and great stone stuff, what more could you want. thelonious Posted by thelonious
18 Jul 17ce

Smart's Cairn / Fieldnotes by thelonious

Well done you for finding it. I'm still not quite sure how I did that day, must have had my lucky hat on!

'magnificent hidden' - I like that.

I very much liked the little dark clearing where the cairn is. A place where other things dwell no doubt :-)
thelonious Posted by thelonious
18 Jul 17ce

Smart's Cairn / Fieldnotes by thelonious

I really like the look of this one, and the location. Excellent stuff. Evergreen Dazed Posted by Evergreen Dazed
18 Jul 17ce

Smart's Cairn / Fieldnotes by thelonious

Took cross country route up to Smart's Cairn. No foot paths from main track. Again trees and branches everywhere. Cairn is magnificent hidden inside the dense trees, just set back from an old tree "working" area. Very mysterious and rather spooky place...! And, I sensed the huge serpent was still there living on... Posted by Huthwaite
18 Jul 17ce

Cumbria / News by tjj

A slightly different outlook on making the Lake District a Heritage Site. The difference is of course the blurb on the tourist leaflet and the actuality of living in a far from pristine environment with low paid jobs and expensive housing.....

https://haveabitofclass.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/whose-heritage/
moss Posted by moss
18 Jul 17ce

Boleigh / Image by thesweetcheat

Yep! thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
17 Jul 17ce

Boleigh / Image by thesweetcheat

Going Underground again I see :-) drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
17 Jul 17ce

Minninglow / Fieldnotes by harestonesdown

That was a nice thing to do. Good on you :-) drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
17 Jul 17ce

Wiltshire / News by tomatoman

Interesting, seems so clear on the pics doesn't it?
Evergreen Dazed Posted by Evergreen Dazed
17 Jul 17ce

Wiltshire / News by tomatoman

The diggers certainly looked for the continuation of the ditch around the W end but were surprised (for the moment) not to find it. jimit Posted by jimit
17 Jul 17ce

Minninglow / Fieldnotes by harestonesdown

Thanks mate. :) harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
16 Jul 17ce

Minninglow / Fieldnotes by harestonesdown

Sending hugs. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16 Jul 17ce

Allt Carn Bhain / Image by Howburn Digger

Some setting, that. Looks a big monument despite the damage too. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16 Jul 17ce

Wiltshire / News by tomatoman

The ditches at Cats Brain seem to carry on around at least one end, which is more reminiscent of what is referred to as the Cranborne Chase type. Thickthorn down is a good example.

I dug at Marden last year, hoping to get down there again for a look before they pack up.
Evergreen Dazed Posted by Evergreen Dazed
16 Jul 17ce
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