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Joselière Dolmen — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Joselière Dolmen</b>Posted by costaexpress<b>Joselière Dolmen</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
24th February 2018ce

Belbury Castle (Hillfort) — Images

<b>Belbury Castle</b>Posted by juamei juamei Posted by juamei
23rd February 2018ce

Avebury (Stone Circle) — News

Avebury Circle and Avenue closed


The National Trust have issued the following statement:

We look after the henge and stone circle for ever, for everyone.
Therefore, due to the very mild January, we regret that we’ve had to temporarily close most of the henge, stone circles and West Kennet Avenue to prevent damage to this globally important archaeological site.
However, there's still plenty to do at Avebury, the village amenities, including the Post Office, Red Lion pub and shops are open as usual, as are the Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury Manor and all the other National Trust facilities.
During these closures we will be waiving parking charges in the National Trust car park.
We’re regularly inspecting the site and will open the henge and avenue as soon as possible, however, it is likely to take a few weeks to recover sufficiently. For more information
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury
tjj Posted by tjj
22nd February 2018ce

Wayland's Smithy (Long Barrow) — Images

<b>Wayland's Smithy</b>Posted by texlahoma texlahoma Posted by texlahoma
22nd February 2018ce

Noon Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Noon Hill</b>Posted by juamei juamei Posted by juamei
21st February 2018ce

Noon Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

[Visited 18/02/18] I've been looking for an excuse to pop up here for a while, so a power walk bit of exercise seemed perfect. I went up the side of winter hill hoping to spot the small cairn on the north edge of the top, but I wasnt sure which of the humps qualified. This one didn't have that issue...

This is a large cairn still clearly defined, with the remains of a kerb on the southern side. The builders making use of a natural knoll to make two sides appear much bigger. The modern pile of stones on top has been flattened slightly since the earlier photos on here and I think is just spoil from the robber or excavation pit in the centre. I had a close look at the possible cups on the large stone nearby, I'm thinking natural due to lack of definition and irregular shape, but the light was very poor. If the stone was standing I think it's been flat for a fair while.

All in all a nice barrow, worth the effort. Access would be easiest from the old road which goes round the bottom off the hill following easily navigable paths.
juamei Posted by juamei
21st February 2018ce

Noon Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Noon Hill</b>Posted by juamei juamei Posted by juamei
21st February 2018ce

Ballinvally (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Miscellaneous

The entry for this stone on the SMR at archaeology.ie:

Class: Rock art

Townland: BALLINVALLY

Scheduled for inclusion in the next revision of the RMP: Yes

Description: This large erratic (dims c. 2.6m x c. 1.5m; H 0.95m at E, uphill, to 1.95m at W) is located on the steep NW-facing slope of Patrickstown Hill. It has art on its upper surface, which is divided in two by a crack, and it has been fully recorded by Shee Twohig (et al. 2010, 16). The N part has three concentric circles, while the S part has a motif of three concentric circles with a central dot connected by a line to a large, central, set of four or five concentric circles (diam. 0.7m). There is a third small concentric circle in the N part.

Compiled by: Michael Moore

Date of upload: 3 March, 2017

References:

1. Shee Twohig, E., Roughly, C., Shell, C., O’Reilly, C., Clarke, P. and G. Swanston 2010 Open-air rock art at Loughcrew, Co. Meath. Journal of Irish Archaeology, vol. 19, 1-28.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
21st February 2018ce

Ballinvally (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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20th February 2018ce

Thomastown (Passage Grave) — Images

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20th February 2018ce

Thomastown (Rath) — Images

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20th February 2018ce

Glenidan (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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20th February 2018ce

Clodagh Row (Stone Row / Alignment) — Images

<b>Clodagh Row</b>Posted by Meic<b>Clodagh Row</b>Posted by Meic Meic Posted by Meic
20th February 2018ce

Clodagh (Stone Circle) — Images

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20th February 2018ce

Dolmen de Kerbourg (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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20th February 2018ce

Rybury (Causewayed Enclosure) — Images

<b>Rybury</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
19th February 2018ce

Adam's Grave (Long Barrow) — Images

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19th February 2018ce

Lancashire — News

Spot the Hunter-Gatherers!


https://www.facebook.com/events/2128530017175633/

Got a spare day between Tuesday 6 and Sunday 11 March 2018?

Join our survey team and help find Spodden Valley's ancient hunting camps. Lancashire has one of the highest concentrations of hunter-gatherer sites in Europe. 8,000 years ago, it was prime territory. Today, it still bristles with the remains of ancient hunting camps... if you know where to look.

In March the DigVentures team are heading to Spodden Valley to help us begin a MASSIVE survey of its hunter-gatherer sites, and we are going to need LOADS of people. Together, we'll sweep across the valley looking for clues, but it's only a few weeks away and we need to assemble our team FAST
juamei Posted by juamei
19th February 2018ce

Pen-y-Fan (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Pen-y-Fan</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
19th February 2018ce

Ysgyryd Fawr (Hillfort) — Images

<b>Ysgyryd Fawr</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
19th February 2018ce

Lewis and Harris — News

Housebuilder uncovers Iron Age chamber on Lewis


A 2,000-year-old underground chamber has been uncovered during work to build a house on the Isle of Lewis.

The Iron Age souterrain was revealed during the digging of the foundations for the property in Ness.

Local archaeologists, husband and wife team Chris and Rachel Barrowman, are recording the souterrain.

Dr Barrowman said theories on the purpose of the stone-lined, flat stone-roofed structures included storing food.

continued...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42988416
moss Posted by moss
19th February 2018ce

Ballinvally Cashel (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images

<b>Ballinvally Cashel</b>Posted by ryaner ryaner Posted by ryaner
18th February 2018ce

Bobsville (Cup Marked Stone) — Images

<b>Bobsville</b>Posted by ryaner ryaner Posted by ryaner
18th February 2018ce

Esgair Irfon (Cist) — Miscellaneous

This exquisite little cist, set within the remains of a grassy cairn, is not mentioned upon the current 1:50k OS map. Consequently it came as a surprise to discover that Esgair Irfon, the rocky, eastern flank of the wondrous Irfon valley, possessed an ancient monument when perusing the 1:25k version obtained from a library sell off. A pleasant surprise, it has to be said. According to the RCAHMW:

"..Bronze Age Cist Cairn. Central cist exposed in centre of a slight mound. Four hewn slabs (0.18m thick) line the sides of the cist, the base is overgrown with grass. Mound Diameter 4m, Cist Length 1m, Width 0.5m, Depth 0.5m." [J.BONSALL, NT, 20/07/2002].

To my mind this excellent site is one of the obscure prehistoric gems of Mid Wales. The surrounding scenery is first class, the monument set back from the escarpment edge (in true Bronze Age style) so it can not be seen from below, the sentinel peak of Cwmdeuddwr, Drygarn Fawr, crowning the horizon to the approx north-east. Prospective visitors should, however, note that such visual splendour comes at the price of a very steep ascent from the road traversing the Irfon valley below. But there you are. Well worth the effort. For what it's worth I approached from the direction of Abergwesyn, parking in the layby near the National Trust sign and heading uphill to the left (north) of the treeline.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
18th February 2018ce

Esgair Garn, Llanddewi Abergwesyn (Round Cairn) — Miscellaneous

This enigmatically located cairn sits upon Esgair Garn overlooking the extreme eastern limit of Llyn Brianne. The monument is liberally 'sprinkled' with quartz....

According to Coflein (OS 1977) it is:

"..15.9 m in diameter and 0.9 m high at the centre, where a modern cairn adds 0.6 m of height. It is noteworthy that the majority of the stones forming the cairn appear to have originally been particularly selected for their varying quartz content. An obvious outcrop of this material was not observed in the immediate area around the cairn".

It is possible to park upon the verge of the minor road forced to make a major loop around the reservoir, where upon a short scramble to the east will allow the traveller to contemplate the significance of quartz at close quarters. Intriguing.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
18th February 2018ce

Mynydd-y-glog (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Miscellaneous

Guess it's somewhat of a cliché to state that those with the loudest voices very often have the least to say. Nevertheless - in my opinion - it's true. Suffice to note I'm therefore not a fan of Noel Gallagher's little brother. Or, as it happens, rappers spouting platitudes which merely highlight perceived moral and intellectual shortcomings. Yeah, class will speak for itself. A bit like, from an archaeological perspective at least, the silence which pervades the sprawling mass of Mynydd-y-glog.

Situated in the transitional 'no man's land' between the seriously compromised industrial valleys and the beautiful, wild uplands of Fforest Fawr and, furthermore, rising to a perfunctory 1,277ft, Mynydd-y-glog must've sacked its tourist liaison officer years ago. Nothing to do. In fact one may well be tempted to ask why anyone would want to come here? It is a question well worth asking, however, particularly should one have an interest in the human story of what is now South Wales. For here, upon these unassuming slopes, sits a quite magnificent collection of Bronze Age upland cairns. According to RCAHMW [David Leighton, 2/9/2011]:

"...Eight round cairns lie in positions locally elevated to a greater or lesser degree. All have been disturbed... Around these lie a further eight round cairns, likewise disturbed.. A ‘simple’ ring cairn lies on a terrace on the north-west, and on the south... is a low circular mound, only faintly visible, with a gently dished interior suggesting perhaps a more elaborate ring is concealed here. Both are undisturbed... On the north side of the mountain are cairnfields and traces of settlements and field systems which extend across Pant Sychbant and Cwm Cadlan, areas which also contain sepulchral monuments. Cairnfields can also be found on the west side of the mountain..."

So, 18 monuments... with more potentially subsumed within the peat? Whatever, far too many to list individual characteristics here. Instead I'd recommend the curious Citizen Cairn'd contemplates a field visit. Take the Cwm Cadlan road exiting the A4059 at Penderyn and, shortly after a sharp right, follow a public footpath heading beyond the farm of Wernlas to ascend toward the summit of the hill, the latter crowned by an OS trig pillar. And quite a bit else.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
18th February 2018ce

Dowdeswell (Hillfort) — Images

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18th February 2018ce

Lineover (Long Barrow) — Images

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18th February 2018ce

High Bridestones (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>High Bridestones</b>Posted by postman postman Posted by postman
18th February 2018ce
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