The Modern Antiquarian. Stone Circles, Ancient Sites, Neolithic Monuments, Ancient Monuments, Prehistoric Sites, Megalithic MysteriesThe Modern Antiquarian

Get the TMA Images feed
Latest Posts

Showing 1-50 of 125,554 posts. Most recent first | Next 50

Overton Hill (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Overton Hill</b>Posted by A R Cane A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
19th September 2017ce

East Kennett (Long Barrow) — Images

<b>East Kennett</b>Posted by A R Cane<b>East Kennett</b>Posted by A R Cane<b>East Kennett</b>Posted by A R Cane<b>East Kennett</b>Posted by A R Cane A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
19th September 2017ce

Stonehenge and its Environs — News

We will learn more about Stonehenge…


In his letter to The Times (Saturday, 16 September) Mike Pitts, Editor of the British Archaeological magazine, writes –

https://theheritagetrust.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/we-will-learn-more-about-stonehenge/
Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
19th September 2017ce

Carn Wen (Gwastedyn) (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Carn Wen (Gwastedyn)</b>Posted by GLADMAN<b>Carn Wen (Gwastedyn)</b>Posted by GLADMAN<b>Carn Wen (Gwastedyn)</b>Posted by GLADMAN<b>Carn Wen (Gwastedyn)</b>Posted by GLADMAN<b>Carn Wen (Gwastedyn)</b>Posted by GLADMAN<b>Carn Wen (Gwastedyn)</b>Posted by GLADMAN<b>Carn Wen (Gwastedyn)</b>Posted by GLADMAN GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
18th September 2017ce

Lover's Stone (Natural Rock Feature) — Fieldnotes

With the fairies being very shy we followed the road to the west climbing steeply as we went. You could only marvel at the views to the east especially the stunning setting of Bioda Mor, home to the fort.

At the top the road splits heading north and south, we continued west on top of an old wall/path. From this point you can see the equally stunning Loch a' Ghlinne (Glen Bay). The path is a mixture of well trodden and bog. Also in some parts there are little bits of rock climbing which all added to the adventure except when, not for the first time, I used my knees as brakes.

Eventually the path evens itself out and leads straight to another of the islands famous sites - The Lover's Stone. Resembling the highest diving board I've ever seen its an impressive site. It also reminded me of the Reporting Scotland (news program) logo. Stories of how the St Kildan men did their balancing acts are well known. As this link shows they were brave men.

https://scotlandonscreen.org.uk/browse-films/007-000-000-153-c

I, of course, did exactly the same thing with an excellent result.

Despite the wonderful scenery, and there is a tremendous sense of well being and sadness here, it is a dangerous place. The weather can change in an instant with high winds and squally showers at any moment. For those with problems with heights I wouldn't look over the edge it is a helluva drop.

Probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Visited 2/9/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
18th September 2017ce

An Reidhean (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Visited: May 23, 2017

The existence of this 'possible' stone circle was announced following a Discovery and Excavation in Scotland exploration on Skye's Strathaird estate in 1998. Don't go expecting to see a monumental structure: like most of Skye's stone circles, there is really very little remaining.

The site is located half a kilometre north of the small community of Drinan, situated half-way down the western margin of Loch Slapin. To visit, step on to the moor immediately north of the cattle grid (on the road, just before entering Drinan) and head north for 450 metres, uphill of the fence (you will have to park down in the village). The walking is excellent on firm, short heather and there are no fences to cross.

Make for the slightly higher ground and look down. The circle occupies a conspicuous grassy spot in the otherwise dark heather of the moor, about 40 metres west of the fence line. Three earthfast stones stand on the southern arc of the slightly raised grassy oval: the rest of the perimeter is devoid of stones. A trickle of stream runs close by it.

This location is about 30 metres northwest of the Grid location quoted by Discovery and Excavation in Scotland. However, I don't consider this significant: after all, the Grid reference they gave for the Cuidrach Stone Setting in 1989 proved to be more than a hundred metres in error.


 

The walk to the site is rather featureless but, as the map above shows, there is a slight 'greening' of the vegetation where the small stream trickles down past the circle. Also, looking east towards the loch, you should be level with a band of trees that straddles the path to the cottage beyond.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
18th September 2017ce

An Reidhean (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>An Reidhean</b>Posted by LesHamilton<b>An Reidhean</b>Posted by LesHamilton<b>An Reidhean</b>Posted by LesHamilton<b>An Reidhean</b>Posted by LesHamilton<b>An Reidhean</b>Posted by LesHamilton LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
18th September 2017ce

Carn Wen (Gwastedyn) (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Travellers heading south upon the A470 - or at least those with a tendency to, perchance, lift their eyes above the horizontal plane - will note, upon leaving the limits of the busy town of Rhayader, a substantial ridge dominating the skyline. This is Gwastedyn Hill, and, although rising to no more than c1,565ft, the 'summit' is conspicuously crowned by a neat 'beehive' cairn of the type so beloved by visitors to the erstwhile 'wilder', more inaccessible heights of Cwmdeuddw feeding the famously nearby Elan Valley Reservoirs with their not inconsiderable watery excess. However, appearances, as are often the case, are deceptive here, for no Bronze Age VIP was interred upon that rocky spine. Indeed, a rusting iron lattice-work 'beacon', set upon a post beside the cairn, commemorates a much more recent event... that of Queen Elizabeth II's 1977 Jubilee. An event which this then proto-Modern Antiquarian spent dressed as a pirate... well, as the wondrous Mr Ant said, 'ridicule is nothing to be scared of'... attending the local street party, whilst Mr Rotten and his dodgy cohorts had their collars 'felt' by the Thames river police. And Rod Stewart apparently got to No.1. Apparently. Don't get me wrong; The Pistols were just stupid kids.... but out of the mouths of babes, as they say. Curious how 'criminality' is sometimes defined, isn't it?

Nevertheless should one decide to park up just beyond the sewage works (on the right) and follow the (unsigned) public bridleway, steeply up through trees beside a tumbling stream in the general direction of Bwlch-y-llys, an equally taxing pull up the bare north-west flank of the hill will bring ample reward in a fantastic panorama to all points of the compass. Here the Royalist can drink his/her fill... the prehistorian, however, must head to the true summit of the hill some way to the approx south-east, where.... well, to be honest I don't think anyone's been able to define just what the hell is going on.

Two things, however, are apparent to me today: the remains of a substantial cairn still stand at SN98686614... the Carn Wen (White Cairn), one of a number so named in the extended locality; and secondly, the inclement weather, the peripheral effects of Hurricane Irma no doubt, is certainly in no hurry to leave. But what can you do? Except offer heartfelt 'thanks' to the wondrous institutions of Berghaus and Karrimor for the blessings of their waterproof garments. Not so much in physical genuflection, you understand?.... but such a posture does have much to recommend it when faced with rain seemingly not in obeyance of the laws of physics.

In my opinion Carn Wen is worthy of the honour of such personalised nomenclature. As Coflein duly notes, it features "...the remains of a substantial bouldered kerb and a possible cist". Always welcome features to find associated with one's upland cairn. Furthermore, to seal the authenticity deal, as it were, "A battle-axe, a bracelet and some other relics' were recovered in 1844 and a large erect stone was noted at the centre of the monument". So, clearly, what we have here is but the shattered remnants of what once was. But it is enough. Large, erect stones notwithstanding. However there is more... apparently much more, for immediately to the approx north-west stands the circular 'Druid's Circle' feature, currently interpreted as "a roundhouse and enclosure" (at SN98676615), whilst to the north-east, three further cairns have been recorded by CPAT. None of this detail was obvious to me, I have to confess. Although, in mitigation, lashing, freezing rain and swirling hill fog do tend to adversely affect observation. If not authentic upland vibe.

After a couple of hours the weather's onslaught finally triumphs over my resolve and I descend back to the car... ironically in brilliant sunshine. Yeah, Gwastedyn Hill is a curious place. Just what an apparently prehistoric 'enclosure' is doing immediately adjoining a bone fide summit burial cairn is, of course, open to much debate. If Iron Age, perhaps it was indeed - for once - actually associated with those enigmatic Druid priests, holding ceremonies with meaning now lost in the mists of time, if no longer, thanks to penetrating sun, opaque mists of H20?
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
17th September 2017ce

Kendrick's Cave (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images

<b>Kendrick's Cave</b>Posted by tjj tjj Posted by tjj
17th September 2017ce

Llety'r Filiast (Burial Chamber) — Images

<b>Llety'r Filiast</b>Posted by tjj<b>Llety'r Filiast</b>Posted by tjj<b>Llety'r Filiast</b>Posted by tjj<b>Llety'r Filiast</b>Posted by tjj tjj Posted by tjj
17th September 2017ce

Llety'r Filiast (Burial Chamber) — Fieldnotes

Visited 13th Sept 2017: my second visit to the Great Orme. The first two and half years ago was specifically to visit the Copper Mines. This time we went went up to the top of the Great Orme by the tramway from Llandudno - which is a recommended and enjoyable experience. As before, however, there was a fierce wind blowing along with daunting rain showers sweeping in over the Great Orme headland. Wonderfully dramatic but not really walking weather. Had a look around the Visitor's Centre and learnt about Cromlech ar y Gogarth or Cromlech on the Great Orme (Llet y'r Filiast). The helpful volunteer told me it could be found about 150 metres below the Great Orme Mines so we used our tramway return tickets to take us back down to the Halfway Station. From here we found our way down to some houses on the higher edges of Llandudno - and asked a local resident. The cromlech was actually in a field at the end of Cromlech Road with a good stile into the field. In the great scheme of magnificent restored portal tombs this one was quite small but none the less very satisfying to find on that wind swept chilly North Wales day. The cherry on the cake of a memorable day. tjj Posted by tjj
17th September 2017ce

The Milking Stone (Natural Rock Feature) — Fieldnotes

The House Of Fairies was minus its inhabitants so we decided to follow them to their other hiding place The Milking Stone. We headed slightly south west, to the tarred road and followed it as it went steeply uphill. The stone is situated near the first large corner on the road.

After hearing no rattling spoons we reckoned it was safe to approach as the fairies had obviously moved on. There are glorious views of the villages of Hirta, prehistoric and the more modern, Hirta Bay, island of Levenish (a stac) and the magnificent cliffs of Bioda Mor, home to a fort. A stunning scene with the weather to match.

Resembling a recumbent stone it is about 4m long, 1.5m wide and 1.5 tall.

As we continued up hill I'm sure I heard the clinking of cutlery behind me. When I looked around there was an army vehicle just about to overtake us.

Visited 2/8/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
14th September 2017ce

Carn Kenidjack (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

<b>Carn Kenidjack</b>Posted by Crazylegs14 Crazylegs14 Posted by Crazylegs14
14th September 2017ce

House Of The Fairies (Souterrain) — Fieldnotes

Walk north west from the burnt mound, past the houses and graveyard. Look carefully for a hole in the ground. This might seem easy but it isn't. Behind the village, indeed the whole of the natural amphitheatre, is covered in rocks all of which are the same colour.

The House Of The Fairies is one of St Kilda's most famous sites. Its north end is covered in grass whilst the southern end has its lintels exposed. Sadly the hole which can be seen is a hole in the roof which is half way along the original structure. Agriculture and dyke building has seen the other stones removed and the former southern end filled in. To get into the 9m remnants is easy enough and their is enough room for taller people to get to the end hunched down. About 5m from the entrance there is a small passage heading north east. Even at the entrance there seems to have been passages going in both directions, these might have been a wall that has been long since removed.

The fairies must have been nervous and decided to hide from view. Perhaps they'd gone to The Milking Stone, which we were going to next. It was a privilege to see and enter this site. A real taste of the prehistoric times and a good chance to appreciate their building skills.

Visited 2/8/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
14th September 2017ce

Stowe's Pound (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — News

Stowe's Pound fairy stack creators 'are historic vandals'


Visitors to a 6,000-year-old site who are removing stones and piling them up to be "artistic" could be causing significant damage, experts say.
Stones from Stowe's Pound on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, are being used to build the "fairy stacks" by people "probably unaware" they are breaking the law.
The stacks have been described as "historic vandalism".
The practice at the Scheduled Ancient Monument site has also been condemned by Historic England.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-41245644
moss Posted by moss
14th September 2017ce

Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

<b>Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
12th September 2017ce

Village Bay (Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia) — Fieldnotes

Just a few metres to the west of the cist is a wall and on the other side of this can be found the remnants of a burnt mound. The oval shaped site is 20m by 10m and set in what appears to be waste ground, for much later settlers, near a consumption dyke. At its highest it is no more than 0.4m.

If you look closely in the walls burnt and broken pebbles can be seen and I agree with Canmore that there must have been several of these mounds, as there must have been cists whose stones probably provided lintels for the village houses.

Once again it is an indicator that the prehistoric people had a better time of it than later settlers. It certainly proves that they had a wider food choice.

After this we had to visit the faeries and their house.

Visited 2/8/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
12th September 2017ce

The Hellstone (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

<b>The Hellstone</b>Posted by costaexpress<b>The Hellstone</b>Posted by costaexpress<b>The Hellstone</b>Posted by costaexpress<b>The Hellstone</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
12th September 2017ce

Hampton Down (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Hampton Down</b>Posted by costaexpress<b>Hampton Down</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
12th September 2017ce

The Grey Mare & Her Colts (Long Barrow) — Images

<b>The Grey Mare & Her Colts</b>Posted by costaexpress<b>The Grey Mare & Her Colts</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
12th September 2017ce

Kingston Russell (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Kingston Russell</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
12th September 2017ce

Village Bay (Cist) — Fieldnotes

When walking along Hirta Main Street keep a count of the houses and look for houses 7 and 8. Follow the wall that marks their plot border towards Hirta Bay until it stops, a few yards in front is the remnants of the cist. That is the easy way, I on the other hand decided that almost every neuk and crannie had to be explored.

Not much remains except for some stones set on edge, the loose lintels have probably been placed in one of the nearby walls.

When you look up and all round from this location you can see what a huge amphitheatre this place is, just how high the hills are and just how good the prehistoric folks nautical skills were. Then a helicopter interrupts, look slightly to the east and the view is of large tanks of the fuel variety. Prehistory and modern life in the space of a second.

Visited 2/8/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
12th September 2017ce
Showing 1-50 of 125,554 posts. Most recent first | Next 50