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Innerleithen Parish Church (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

Failed visit 25.7.17

How many churches can one (relatively) small place have? Clearly one too many for me as I failed to find the right church!

I visited 5 - one converted to appartments, one in the process of conversion and 3 wrong ones!

If you happen to know which is the correct church perhaps you can provide the name and directions on how to find it - for people like me! :)
Posted by CARL
25th July 2017ce

Cardrona Mains (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited 25.7.17

Directions:
Immediately south of the A72 - signposted Cardrona.

The stone was visible from the road - just! Access is over an old wooden field gate.

Since the photos were taken nature has taken over and the entire field is now covered in chest height vegetation, including brambles, thistles and nettles-far from ideal when wearing shorts! (at least I found some wild raspberries to pick - although the children ate them all!)

The stone is a decent size, approximately 4ft high x 1.5ft wide. The stone has a pronounced lean and is covered in white and yellow lichen. A large yellow snail clung to one side.

Worth seeking out when in the area.
Posted by CARL
25th July 2017ce

The White Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited 25.7.17

The stone is easy to spot being on the main road out of Peebles. Parking is also easy.

It is nice that this stone has been respected and cared for all these years. It says something that there was no sign of any graffiti or litter spoiling the stone. I would put the stone at approximately 1metre round.

Well worth looking out for when visiting Peebles - which is a very nice town. (and has an Historic Scotland site - that's another one off the list!) :)
Posted by CARL
25th July 2017ce

Old Harestanes (Stone Circle) — Miscellaneous

Drive by 25.7.17

Directions:
Just south of the junction of the A72 / A701. Signposted Kirkurd.

The circle is not visible from the road. It must be in the garden behind the house. There is a field which runs along the side of the house which I would guess you could peep over the hedge to espy the stones? However, this was not something I had time to try - it would also have been rather obvious!
Posted by CARL
25th July 2017ce

Hill Of Milleath (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

From the cairn at nearby Black Hill we headed straight east over a fence looking for a supposed track through the Ba Muir wood almost reaching the site of the long gone RSC. This detour was to prove fortunate as it is known that some of the stones from the circle had been dumped in a heap in or near a wall.

We followed the tree line back north west, then north which led to a clearing for power lines heading east. This led past the ruins of Gingomyres and several piles of stones. Follow this until another clearing that heads southwards. At this point a wall begins which leads to a pile of stones at NJ4627142920. Two of the stones are possible candidates for flankers, possibly a there is a candidate for a recumbent and also a stone that looked like it was made for a circle. We battled our way into the darkness of the wood and the parallel trees. Nothing remains of the site, completely obliterated.

From here we decided to go over the Hill Of Milleath on the way back to the car. This started well but soon A and B wished they had longer legs as the track up hill was totally overgrown with tall furze and gorse. I meanwhile skipped over the growth gracefully or battered through it. The trig is still at the top but the tumuli have long gone. Down the other side following a fence proved slightly easier, coming out near the Backtack Cairn.

Visited 3/6/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th July 2017ce

Black Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Of the three cairns on Black Hill one is covered in gorse and furze, NJ46004288, a second has vanished NJ46264291 leaving a third at NJ46284291 as the sole survivor.

It has also taken a battering but still survives at 4m wide and 0.3 tall. Traces of a kerb are visible and the centre has been dug into. Situated on the shoulder between the Black Hill and the Hill Of Milleath the cairn has views of Knock Hill to the north and Tap Of Noth to the south.

We parked at bottom of the hill near the Mains Of Cairnborrow, on the A920, and headed straight up the hill through the wind farm. The cairn is on the east side of the hill. It was then on to see if anything remained of the Hill Of Milleath RSC.

Visited 3/6/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th July 2017ce

Leckie (Broch) — Miscellaneous

Some of the background to the site.

http://www.gargunnockvillagehistory.co.uk/pageLeckieBrochStory.html
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th July 2017ce

Leckie Broch Carving 1 & 2 (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Links

The Northern Antiquarian


The second piece of rock art.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th July 2017ce

The Northern Antiquarian


Great pictures of the carvings.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th July 2017ce

Leckie (Broch) — Links

Canmore


Good photo of the site.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th July 2017ce

Moray — News

Archaeologists discover Pictish remains at Moray fort


New Pictish remains have been discovered at a fort thought to have been largely destroyed by a 19th-century development.

Archaeologists from the University of Aberdeen uncovered a longhouse and an 1,100-year-old anglo Saxon coin in a dig at Burghead Fort near Lossiemouth, Moray.

Experts believe the fort was a significant seat of power within the Pictish Kingdom, dating between 500 CE and 1000 CE.


Read the STV News Report.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
25th July 2017ce

Lligwy (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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24th July 2017ce

The Greywethers (Stone Circle) — Images

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24th July 2017ce

Benllech (Burial Chamber) — Miscellaneous

The Gwynedd Archaeological Trust record has more information. The site appears to be in someone's garden:
The small megalithic burial chamber (SH 51908275) at Benllech was excavated on behalf of the MOW in March 1965. It was previously unrecorded and was revealed when new sewers were dug nearby and the site cleared for the erection of a bungalow.

No prehistoric finds were made and the only reason for regarding the main chamber as a prehistoric burial chamber is its structure, which is comparable with the Lligwy and Glyn burial chambers. The annexe and field wall are relatively modern.

Not entirely convincing small low 'burial' chamber. Capstone perforated (natural limestone pavement). Now in garden of Drws y Nant and in built up area. Capstone supported by uprights and blocks at west side and by recent concreted pillars at east. Stands on gently sloping hillside above the coast. 2 large orthostats - one 2.2 x 1.2m stand just to south. Cadw recently reclassified this as a 'goose house' after F Lynch - this doesn't seem to be a prehistoric monument as it stands - the chamber is very low and could not have been deeper because it stands on bedrock. This could have been disturbed at the time of the sewer construction - a considerable depth of bedrock would have been removed.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
24th July 2017ce

Tomfat West (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Now the walk north from Cloughmor Stone is best described as varied and never good until over the last deer fence.

We, the dog and I, retraced our steps back to the main forestry track and headed straight over it into the boggy trees. Once through this it becomes an open nightmare to walk. However like idiots we literally ploughed on over tree stumps, jumping mini lochs, streams and often I landed in them. Meanwhile the aforementioned dog had a great time. The next obstacle was a deer fence which we followed north then east until an open gate which had a boggy stream underneath. Through, over or into this and keep heading north skimming the edge of a loch. Another deer fence will appear which somehow the dog squeezed through and I climbed over.

At last underfoot conditions improved as we headed straight for the cairn, a welcome sight. Not many people reach here which isn't surprising as the driest way would be to approach from the north. (or parachute in :-) )

Sitting at 18m wide and in parts well over 1m tall this cairn has good views over the flattish terrain. It's in good company if somewhat isolated. Sadly the cairn has been abused by wind breaks or shooting butts, as Canmore suggests. The centre has been opened up to reveal some slabs but no clear evidence of cist or a chamber. Despite our troubles getting there I liked this place and its complete silence.

Getting back to the car to complete the first walk proved much drier and easier. We followed the deer fence north until we spotted the Black Wood Of Leys West cairn over another fence. This led back to the B861 and an easy walk back south to the car.

Visited 30/6/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th July 2017ce
Edited 25th July 2017ce

Ystradfawr (Cairn(s)) — Images

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24th July 2017ce

Ystradfawr (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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24th July 2017ce

Yr Allor (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

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24th July 2017ce

The Reesk (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

The Reesk is set amongst the maze of tracks made by the forestry people and the farmers of bygone days. This is a difficult place to find but I'll do my best. From Huntly take the A920 west and take the first minor road heading south just before the bridge that crosses the River Deveron. The road will swing west for a short distance, then take the next minor road south. Keep going until this road ends. This goes past the Bowmanhill Stone Circle and the cairns on Bar Hill.

Take the track heading west which leads to Baillesward, then south west (this part is a fallen tree nightmare) and keep heading in a semi circular fashion gradually west as the track improves. This will lead to a sub station for nearby wind turbines. Just beyond, over a wee bridge there is a lorry reverse space. Climb to the top of this and in front you will enter an almost hidden world. A very old road, a hollow way, leads almost to the cairn.

The cairn is slightly to the north of the old road and is in a very battered condition due to the forest agriculture. What is left are a couple of kerbs defiantly standing in place and a probable cist with its small capstone missing. A candidate for this job lies propped against a tree. It can just about be made out that the site would almost be 10m wide. An interesting place despite its condition.

On the way back we avoided the fallen trees by heading further east which in turn swung back to our starting place.

This is a long walk but the good news is that most of the tracks are in very good condition even the old hollow way. Beware of fallen trees just after Baillesward.

Visited 27/5/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th July 2017ce

Little Hill (Enclosure) — Fieldnotes

I parked at the uninhabited farm of Tilphoudie on the first minor road heading north to the east of Aboyne. (home of the Image Wood Stone Circle) To get to the enclosure follow the fence up the hill until it meets another. Over this and keep going.

Although overgrown at this time of year, a winter time visit would be better, the surrounding wall of the 27m wide enclosure can be seen all the way round. Several big boulders have also been placed in the wall. A gap in the wall on the eastern side marks the entrance.

Tremendous views of Dee-side and the valley to the east and south.

Little Hill is in the shadow of the bigger hill Mortlich to the north west, home to a hillfort.

Visited 15/6/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th July 2017ce

Castle Kitchie (Hillfort) — Images

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24th July 2017ce

Ceapmoal (Cairn(s)) — Images

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24th July 2017ce

Torr Shelly (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images

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24th July 2017ce

Lunnabjär aka Borrby 3:1 (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Fieldnotes

A group of nine Bronze Age barrows and five urn graves discovered in 1934 and recently cleared .
Finds were human remains , bronze knives tweezers and a tutulus (circular bronze ornament with projecting central point , associated with female burials e.g. Egtved girl . See :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5SwWPu2So8&feature=player_embedded#! )
tiompan Posted by tiompan
23rd July 2017ce

Lunnabjär aka Borrby 3:1 (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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23rd July 2017ce

Torr Shelly (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images

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23rd July 2017ce

Ceapmoal (Cairn(s)) — Images

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