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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

West Berkshire Museum

Holds the Crow Down Hoard found in Lambourn near the Ridgeway consisting of five gold objects - possibly arm adornments. And the Yattendon Hoard consisting of 58 bronze objects - not all on display.
tjj Posted by tjj
3rd February 2017ce

Yattendon Hoard

The Yattendon Hoard consists of 58 bronze objects - some of which are available to see in West Berkshire Museum, Newbury.
tjj Posted by tjj
3rd February 2017ce

The Ridgeway (Ancient Trackway)

The Crow Down Hoard

Can be seen in the West Berkshire Museum, Newbury
tjj Posted by tjj
3rd February 2017ce

Burghead (Promontory Fort)


Great aerial photos.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
31st January 2017ce


St Tredwell's Loch, Papay

tjj Posted by tjj
29th January 2017ce

Randwick Long Barrow

Internet Archive

G B Witts' article about the excavation of the barrow. In 'The Proceedings of the Cotteswold Naturalists' Field Club' 1881-82.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
25th January 2017ce

Mother Anthony's Well (Sacred Well)

Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society

Geophysical survey of the area of the well, by Jan Dando (2012?). There seems to have been late Bronze Age or early Iron Age settlement nearby.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
20th January 2017ce

Scotland (Country)


The interactive website of SHARP, Scotland's Coastal Heritage At Risk Register. News, events, interactive map of the 940+ sites at highest risk. Report via it any deterioration. A useful and worthy resource. Some of those sites may undoubtedly be yet to added to TMA too.
spencer Posted by spencer
16th January 2017ce


Orkneyjar Archaeology

What it says...there is already a link for Orkneyjar, tucked right down at the bottom of the page, dated from 2001. That covers a different part of the website, the 'history' bit. Sixteen years on the archaeology section has grown into an invaluable resource, and deserves to be at the top of the links and the first port of call for those visiting TMA interested in Orcadian archaeology. I therefore hope that this 'sort of relink' will be allowed to stand.
spencer Posted by spencer
16th January 2017ce

Knowe of Skea (Iron Age Shrine)


A very interesting piece on Iron Age Orcadian burial practice, based on excavation of this structure.
spencer Posted by spencer
16th January 2017ce

Knowe of Skea (Chambered Cairn)


The Canmore entry for a most intriguing complex of Bronze and Iron Age structures which are under threat of coastal erosion and where excavation has taken place for several years.
spencer Posted by spencer
16th January 2017ce

Stonehenge and its Environs

UNESCO Astronomy and World Heritage Portal

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We encourage professional users to register and log in in order to view detailed information, for example on preparing a nomination dossier.

UNESCO’s Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative exists to raise awareness of the importance of astronomical heritage worldwide and to facilitate efforts to identify, protect and preserve such heritage for the benefit of humankind, both now and in the future.
Chance Posted by Chance
15th January 2017ce

Lunt Meadows (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Museum of Liverpool

Lunt Meadows, Sefton - The earliest settlers
thelonious Posted by thelonious
10th January 2017ce

House Of The Fairies (Souterrain)


Superb photos of the souterrain.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th January 2017ce
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