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Ringses Camp, Beanley Moor (Hillfort)

Internet Archive

Notes Archaeological, Geological, etc. on Beanley Moor and the vicinity of Kemmer Lough. From the MSS of George Tate. In the History of the Berwickshire Naturalists Club, volume 23, 1890.

He mentions the carved stones, and also the 'detached blocks of stones which are usually covered over with lichens, and hoary with age, are here called "Grey Mares".'
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th June 2017ce

Bryn Celli Ddu (Chambered Cairn)

Bryn Celli Ddu in new CGI film

Known as one of the most evocative archaeological sites in Britain, the 5,000-year old monument was once constructed to protect and pay respect to the remains of ancestors. It is the only site in Wales that has a solar alignment, where the sun casts a beam of light into the monument on the summer solstice.
moss Posted by moss
9th June 2017ce


Lecture: The Making of Prehistoric Wiltshire

The Making of Prehistoric Wiltshire' by David Field and David McOmish with photographs by Steve Speller provides an up-to-date account of the prehistory of Wiltshire from the earliest evidence for human occupation to the influence on the Romano-British countryside.
scubi63 Posted by scubi63
3rd June 2017ce

Aviemore (Clava Cairn)

The Urban Prehistorian

"A description of a megalith in the words of others"

Ken Brophy's latest blog
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16th May 2017ce

Cullernie (Ring Cairn)

Archaeology Data Service

'Descriptive notes on the stone circles of Strathnairn and neighbourhood of Inverness' by James Fraser (PSAS May 12, 1884).
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
11th May 2017ce

Wales (Country)

Historic Place Names

The List of Historic Place Names of Wales is a groundbreaking and innovative resource that contains hundreds of thousands of place names collected from historical maps and other sources. It provides a fascinating insight into the land-use, archaeology and history of Wales.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
8th May 2017ce

Newton Mulgrave Long Barrow

The Smell of Water

fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
11th April 2017ce

North Ballachulish (Cup Marked Stone)

Through the Eyes of the Ballachulish Goddess

Rock art and a goddess combined in this beautiful spot, sad that the effigy has been allowed to shrivel away in the museum. A real cailleach story perhaps?
moss Posted by moss
10th April 2017ce

Caer Drewyn (Hillfort)


Annotated 3D model of Caer Drewyn by Mark Walters
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
9th April 2017ce

Swarth Howe (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Swarth Howe

fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
9th April 2017ce

Corrybeg (Stone Circle)


Since my visit, Canmore has paid a field visit to Corrybeg.

They explain that the site is said to have been discovered by Alexander Keiller, who performed an excavation leading to the discovery of cremated bones.

But they consider that there is no evidence to suggest that apparent supporting stones in the hollow against the north face of the ENE stone were deliberately emplaced.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
13th March 2017ce

Middleton Tyas - Five Hills (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

The Smell of Water - Five Hills Barrow

fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
9th March 2017ce

Piercebridge Barrow Alignment (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

The Smell of Water - Piercebridge

fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
9th March 2017ce

Saltergate Moor (Stone Row / Alignment)

The Smell of Water - Saltergate Moor Cairnfield & Stone Row

fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
9th March 2017ce

Embo (Chambered Cairn)

Archaeology Data Service

Link to the 1960 excavation report for the Embo Chambered Cairn, in PSAS volume 96.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
21st February 2017ce

Marlborough Mound (Artificial Mound)

New film about Marlborough Mound

This new 35-minute documentary explores the past, present and future of the Marlborough Mound. This film uncovers the history of the Mound, explaining its legacy to those unaware of its profound importance, and to those curious about the unknown.
tjj Posted by tjj
20th February 2017ce
Edited 21st February 2017ce

Duntulm (Stone Fort / Dun)


Good aerial pics.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
14th February 2017ce

Pen-y-Beacon (Cist)

Portable Antiquities Scheme (CPAT)

Lovely barbed and tanged arrowhead found on Hay Bluff/Pen y Beacon and recorded and shared by PAS.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
12th February 2017ce

Tibradden (Wedge Tomb)

Megalithics Monuments of Ireland

One photo of this wrecked monument.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
10th February 2017ce

Northern Ireland

Historic Environment Map Viewer

The latest incarnation of the map viewer, at the Department for Communities website.
The links are supposed to bring up information on the NISMR. But you can always search the latterhere if not.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
10th February 2017ce

Blowing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Simon Chadwick (You Tube)

This is a very British (i.e. a somewhat awkward, but rather endearingly so) trumpeting of the stone. The besuited Mr Chadwick is an accomplished musician in his other videos, so it must be nice for him to add Blowing Stone to his list of instruments.

I was struck by how similar the sound is to the carnyx - like those on the Gundestrup cauldron (you can hear some on this video ) - or is that just me overthinking things :)
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
9th February 2017ce


Access to monuments

"A field guide to accessible sites
This is an online guide to accessible monuments in Cornwall, compiled by the Strategic Historic Environment Service of Cornwall Council. It is aimed at anyone with an interest in the countryside, heritage and culture of Cornwall, who wish to get out and experience the wealth of the county’s remarkable sites and monuments.

The range of monuments that can be visited in Cornwall encompass every period of history and prehistory, and reveals insights into changing patterns of agriculture and subsistence, ritual and religion, industry and transport – in short, all facets of human culture over a timespan exceeding 10,000 years.

New sites will be added periodically, so please check back in the future for any newly added sites. Any new additions will be highlighted as such on this page."
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
8th February 2017ce

Stanwell Cursus

Robert Grant's stats blog: citizen science, R and the Heathrow Cursus

A blog post I made where I visit the cursus (Feb 2016) and elastic-band my phone to a floor sweeper / magic mop and then bodge together a bit of programming (open source, therefore free) to give a fine measure of the surface of the cursus. A slow way of mapping endangered surfaces, but accessible to all.
UncleRob Posted by UncleRob
8th February 2017ce

Norton Henge

Heritage Daily

You won't see much of a henge here now. But this comprehensive article will help you imagine the early henge here (and some of the surrounding prehistoricness) if you visit.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th February 2017ce


IA gold coins and staters in West Berkshire Museum

A hoard of Iron Age coins from Sulhamstead dating back more than 2,000 years has been acquired by West Berkshire Museum.
The Sulhamstead hoard comprises eight gold coins – seven gold staters and one quarter stater – from the late Iron Age.
Staters were used by the Celtic tribes throughout the Iron Age, such as the Atrebates who inhabited Berkshire, Hampshire and West Sussex.
Indeed, the quarter stater is a rare coin particular to East Wiltshire and Berkshire.
The hoard was unearthed by a metal detectorist from Great Shefford between 2013 and 2015 and a coroner later ruled that the coins were treasure.
tjj Posted by tjj
3rd February 2017ce
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