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Stembister (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Stembister</b>Posted by Ravenfeather Ravenfeather Posted by Ravenfeather
4th June 2015ce

Millfield (Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia) — Images

<b>Millfield</b>Posted by wideford<b>Millfield</b>Posted by wideford<b>Millfield</b>Posted by wideford wideford Posted by wideford
2nd January 2015ce

Millfield (Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia) — Fieldnotes

Coming along the Seatter road and turning for Noltland, opposite the junction with the road passing Greentoft, the long axis of a field mound runs parallel to the road you're on. It is far larger than anything else this way, being over twice the size of all the other mounds, burnt or otherwise, in the area. The presently grass-covered slopes appear gentle to me. There is the faintest hint of a curve in the face towards the road, but rather than the vague crescent associated with burnt mounds the overall impression is that at some point it has had a huge chunk taken out. The rusty gate to the field stands between erect stones, the left one of which is atypical being so marvellously gnarled _ I have always found it strange that there are no standing stones recorded for Deerness, could this have been one ? wideford Posted by wideford
2nd January 2015ce

Millfield (Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia) — Miscellaneous

NMRS record no. HY50NE 41 stands over a man's height at a little over 2m high and is 50m long by 17m high. The records says that under the plough as well burnt material red stones come up too. wideford Posted by wideford
2nd January 2015ce

Castle Howe (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

<b>Castle Howe</b>Posted by wideford wideford Posted by wideford
8th April 2014ce

Howan Blo (Cist) — Images

<b>Howan Blo</b>Posted by wideford<b>Howan Blo</b>Posted by wideford wideford Posted by wideford
29th January 2014ce

Howan Blo (Cist) — Fieldnotes

Walk west from the Deerness Stores and ooking up to the former United Free Church of Deerness a long natural mound called Howan Blo is easily seen. I have only seen it from the main road but there is a track goes by. I could see zooming in a slightly terraced slope, either from ploughing or perhaps to make inserting easier. The farm of Blow(e)s is said to be named after it.
In the excavation record I notice two similarities with George Petrie's 1861 dig at Greentoft/Milldam, no great distance away. First the use of loose stone to 'ground' the cists, and more importantly that if someone had removed the funerary urn Petrie found it would have left an urn-shaped cavity of virtually the same dimensions as that at Howan Blo. Which suggest co-evality at least, if not the same potter.
wideford Posted by wideford
29th January 2014ce
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