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Rubh an Dunain (Broch) — Fieldnotes

Visited: May 19, 2012

The Rubh an Dunain promontory semi-broch is a classic site of its type. All that remains to be seen nowadays is a well built drystone wall, 3½ metres tall, that separates the level tip of the promontory from its hinterland. Probably walling was never required around its perimeter, as it is defended by sheer cliffs on all other sides.

You can read an extensive treatise on this site at Canmore.

To access the broch requires a delightful 5½ kilometre walk from the Glen Brittle Campsite, along the northern shore of Loch Brittle, mainly on well-defined paths. Stream crossing can be a problem in wet conditions, but on a sunny day the walk is most enjoyable.

After visiting the broch, further interest is afforded by the Chambered Cairn close to the northwest corner of Loch na h-Aide.

But the highlight of the day is certainly the return walk towards the Campsite, facing the Cuillin Mountains, surely one of the most scenic coastal excursions in Scotland.

Loch na h-Airde and the 'Viking Canal'
Immediately below the broch is an artificial channel 100 metres long that links Loch na h-Airde with the sea. Believed to date from the Viking era, this enabled small boats to harbour in the loch at high tide (mediaeval boat timbers were discovered on the northern edge of the loch in 2000 and 2008).

It's a fascinating story, which is related in detail at Canmore

Further Reading

Rubh an Dunain Data Structure Report 2009
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
27th April 2017ce

Kilmore (Christianised Site) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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27th April 2017ce

Carrownderry (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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27th April 2017ce

Skregg (Passage Grave) — Images

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27th April 2017ce

Sheegeeragh (Passage Grave) — Images

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26th April 2017ce

Knockanyconor (Portal Tomb) — Images

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26th April 2017ce

Cloongowna (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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26th April 2017ce

Stonehenge and its Environs — News

The Stonehenge tunnel: ‘A monstrous act of desecration is brewing’


“The issue is whether Stonehenge exists to provide a tourist experience, or whether it is something more significant, both historically and spiritually,” he says. “It has stood there for 4,500 years. And up to now, no one’s thought of injecting enormous quantities of concrete into the landscape and permanently disfiguring it.”


https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/25/stonehenge-tunnel-desecration-prehistoric-traffic-jams
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26th April 2017ce

Rathangan — Images

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26th April 2017ce

Carns (Artificial Mound) — Images

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25th April 2017ce

Carnfree (Artificial Mound) — Images

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25th April 2017ce

Rathangan — Images

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25th April 2017ce

Little Curragh (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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25th April 2017ce

Highland (Mainland) — News

Excavation at site of 'ancient wag' in Caithness


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39703952
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th April 2017ce

News

Gobekli Tepe .Response from excavators


https://tepetelegrams.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/archaeoastronomy-meteor-showers-mass-extinction-what-does-the-fox-say-and-what-the-crane-the-aurochs/

A useful response from the excavators ,mainly related to the problems connected with the nonsense about about the symbols and cherry picking .
It's not to be expected that they might have noticed that the astronomy was also wrong i.e. the asterisms were actually below the horizon on their chosen solstice date . Possibly why the images highlighted them during the day when they were above the horizon but invisible .
No mention either of the suggested date of the observation being a thousand years earlier than the earliest date from the site .
Hopefully the Telegraph and New Scientist will give this the space it deserves .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
25th April 2017ce

Dolmen de Ruines . (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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24th April 2017ce

Cold Kitchen Hill (Long Barrow) — Fieldnotes

Visited this substantial long barrow in deep Wiltshire near Warminster today. Almost at the top of Cold Kitchen Hill but not quite. Situated just below the brow of the hill - can be seen clearly on the walk up but not from the highest point of the hill. I think there have been discussions in the past on why it seems Neolithic people chose this position rather than the summit of the hill. Visuals perhaps.
A great walk from Longbridge Deverill (traveled by train to Westbury where met by walk friend) then along the ridge to Bidcombe Wood which was full of bluebells and wild garlic. All pretty wonderful.
Not posting a photo of long barrow as can't add anything to Gladman's marvelous sky/cloud photos.
tjj Posted by tjj
24th April 2017ce

Culsten Burn (Kerbed Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Park near St Nathalan's Kirk for this site and also the nearby Braehead Farm souterrain in the field to the south.

Cross over the busy A93 and go through the Braehead Of Tullich farm which leads to the track winding its way up the Crannach Hill. Today the track was also busy with thousands of male toads carrying their partners to the small but very lovely Culsten Loch, which has seen its dam repaired in recent years.

Keep going until a track veers north west. Follow this until a small clump of trees to the east of the track. The kerb cairn is just before this and slightly to the west.

Sitting at no more than 2m wide this is a difficult site to find. However a solitary kerb just pokes through the turf and heather. Its colleagues are under the vegetation and I uncovered another 4. This is a lovely place with superb views to the south east following the River Dee.

Just after the Braehead Of Tullich, heading towards the cairn, there is a site that looks like a henge or a severely houked cairn. It is in fact a filled in quarry.

This place is rarely visited and maybe we should be grateful as it leaves the toads and other wildlife in peace.

Visited 17/3/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th April 2017ce
Edited 25th April 2017ce

News

Gobekli Tepe


Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations .

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/21/ancient-stone-carvings-confirm-comet-struck-earth-10950bc-wiping/

Even the New Scientist fell for this nonsense .

The paper is here .
http://maajournal.com/Issues/2017/Vol17 ... 281%29.pdf
Well worth a read if you enjoy fantasies .

Ideal fodder for the saddos who have a problem with experts .
In this case the expertise of the authors ( chemical engineering ) is unrelated to the content .
Not dissimilar to geomorphologists writing "papers " about archaeology .
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23rd April 2017ce

Cerrig Duon & The Maen Mawr (Stone Circle) — Images

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22nd April 2017ce
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