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Blarourie Ring Cairn / Image by drewbhoy

Yes well remembered on the way down :-) drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13 Jan 17ce

Old Bath Road Barrow / Image by A R Cane

Lovely set of photos. Such nice light. thelonious Posted by thelonious
13 Jan 17ce

Blarourie Ring Cairn / Image by drewbhoy

Yep, track's pretty rubbish up the zigzags. thelonious Posted by thelonious
13 Jan 17ce

Northward / Image by drewbhoy

I had to google a 'DES' - I've learnt something today :-) thelonious Posted by thelonious
13 Jan 17ce

Cherhill 4 / Image by A R Cane

You certainly captured that, brilliant!! drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13 Jan 17ce

Orkney / News by tomatoman

There is precedent around Orkney for constructing replica sites nearby. The one I've seen is on Sanday at Meur where a burnt mound was being destroyed by tidal action.
As to the huge challenge at the Ness of Brodgar site, I recommend Caroline Wickham-Jones' blog on the subject - "Thoughts on Ness of Brodgar":

https://www.mesolithic.co.uk/
Posted by tomatoman
13 Jan 17ce

Blarourie Ring Cairn / Image by drewbhoy

Cheers T, some of the track from there to Kerloch is of the bloody hell variety especially the zig zag bit after that bizarre wooden hut. Thank goodness for the frost some bits would have been a mud bath :-) drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13 Jan 17ce

Northward / Image by drewbhoy

Its an absolute belter, just did a DES for it just now. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13 Jan 17ce

Orkney / News by tomatoman

Thanks greatly for this link, tomatoman. Have flagged it up on the Forum. Deserves it. Moss, Id be very surprised if the family were not adequately compensated for this very long term disruption. Soilwise, seeing what they want to have in their wildflower meadow, no problem. Whether they'll be around to see it is another matter. I've read of the layering of fine archaeology going back over at least a millenium...how they access undoubtedly very important lower strata without destroying that above is not an issue that I'd like to have on my plate. I wonder IF there were funds if it would be possible to somehow reconstruct the upper layers elsewhere, preferably nearby, so that there would be a continuity of the hugely important geographic context, as this site was chosen by the builders for a reason. spencer Posted by spencer
13 Jan 17ce

Blarourie Ring Cairn / Image by drewbhoy

Decent size stones Drew. Nice find :-) thelonious Posted by thelonious
13 Jan 17ce

Northward / Image by drewbhoy

That's just great Drew, you found the ring cairn. Looks good from the photos.

Thanks for your thoughts on the enclosures. It's an interesting area.

Not a bad cairn on top of Kerloch is it? Track up is a bit of a slog though.
thelonious Posted by thelonious
13 Jan 17ce

Northward / Image by drewbhoy

Kerloch is a definite old cairn I'd say (pics en route to the Canmore people and a description) and the Blarourie ring cairn exists. As for the enclosures, there are a few hut circles on the go and they are right in middle of cairns/SCs etc, and they might have been holding pens perhaps fenced for animals. There are plenty dry stane dyke enclosures on slopes made by shepherds who obviously took the slope into consideration. I think the 2 smaller enclosures are ok, the bigger two, not so sure but I wouldn't be surprised if they were prehistoric. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13 Jan 17ce

Orkney / News by tomatoman

There is more info in that article than we learn on the tv programmes wonder if the farming family will ever get their wild flower meadow, also do they get compensated for having all that digging on their land? moss Posted by moss
13 Jan 17ce

Pendinas Hillfort / Image by thesweetcheat

Wonderful photo TSC ... and the other one. tjj Posted by tjj
12 Jan 17ce

Stonehenge and its Environs / News by thesweetcheat

Grayling has the best of intentions to hand over a massive quantity of public cash to a private company (that he may or may not have had conversations with or have a connection to). He was Lord Chancellor and did the Work and Pensions job during a "period of adjuxtment" of such. He did a History degree 30-odd years ago. His career has been in Information and Crisis Management. He worked for Burston Marsteller Company (New York) crisis managed for Philip Morris, Three Mile Island, the US ram-raid on the Asian Stock Exchange etc.

Maybe the construction company that built the Mimmelian Domb will get the contract to dig the tunnel. I cannot see why not. Estimated costs are at 2 Billion Pounds. This will over-run massively. More than double.

Whatever the company that gets the contract, I am sure they will have a name like Carrolian, Maester, Sponvak, Intrastrive, Kelger, Bamb or Splingefern. They will be based offshore and pay little or no tax in the UK.

Tractors, quads, motorbikes and the Stonehenge Visitor Centre Bus will still be visible and audible.

Sham.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
12 Jan 17ce

Stonehenge and its Environs / News by thesweetcheat

Yes, well that nincompoop Grayling can be relied upon to do the wrong thing, it's his stock-in-trade. ironstone Posted by ironstone
12 Jan 17ce

Stonehenge and its Environs / News by thesweetcheat

Another example of someone making a wrong decision with the best of intentions :( Posted by CARL
12 Jan 17ce

Pendinas Lochtyn / Image by thesweetcheat

Thank you :) not a bad end to the first outing of the year thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
11 Jan 17ce

Bennachie / Image by thelonious

Bless the weather spencer Posted by spencer
11 Jan 17ce

Pendinas Lochtyn / Image by thesweetcheat

You certainly captured the atmosphere in that! drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
11 Jan 17ce

Oxen Craig / Image by thelonious

Thanks Drew. thelonious Posted by thelonious
11 Jan 17ce

Bennachie / Image by thelonious

Sky's been good recently :-) thelonious Posted by thelonious
11 Jan 17ce

Bennachie / Image by thelonious

Let there be sunsets : ) spencer Posted by spencer
11 Jan 17ce

Old Warren Hillfort / Image by thesweetcheat

He's still there, Ted : ) spencer Posted by spencer
11 Jan 17ce

Pendinas Hillfort / Image by thesweetcheat

Very peaceful, lovely! drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
11 Jan 17ce
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