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Clachtoll (Broch)

Funds Sought For Remote Coigach and Assynt Project

Funds for excavation and preservation of Clachtoll, if funding secured.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th July 2016ce

Highland (Mainland)

Iron Age Broch In Lego Planned
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th July 2016ce

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Human Bone Found
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
22nd July 2016ce


Fossiled Dung Clue To Secret Lives Of 'Pets' In The Iron Age
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th July 2016ce


UK's best bronze age site dig ends but analysis will continue for years

One winter some 3,000 years ago, a development of highly desirable houses was built on stilts over a tributary of the river Nene in Cambridgeshire, by people whose wealth and lifestyle would still have seemed enviable to medieval peasants. Then six months later it was all over.

Disaster overwhelmed the people and they fled, leaving their clothing and jewellery, tools and furniture, their last meals abandoned in the cooking pots as they tumbled through the burning wicker floors into the water below. Nobody ever came back to retrieve the tonnes of expertly carpentered timbers and the masses of valuable possessions lying in shallow water, which over the centuries all sank together, hidden and preserved by the oozy silt......
moss Posted by moss
15th July 2016ce

West Sussex

South Downs pre-Roman 'farming collective' discovered

Evidence of a prehistoric "farming collective" has been discovered after aerial laser scanning was carried out in the South Downs National Park.
A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
12th July 2016ce


Dig to uncover rare undisturbed Bronze Age burial in Lancashire

Full story here
treehugger-uk Posted by treehugger-uk
11th July 2016ce

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Neolithic discovery: why Orkney is the centre of ancient Britain

Drive west from Orkney's capital, Kirkwall, and then head north on the narrow B9055 and you will reach a single stone monolith that guards the entrance to a spit of land known as the Ness of Brodgar. The promontory separates the island's two largest bodies of freshwater, the Loch of Stenness and the Loch of Harray. At their furthest edges, the lochs' peaty brown water laps against fields and hills that form a natural amphitheatre; a landscape peppered with giant rings of stone, chambered cairns, ancient villages and other archaeological riches.

This is the heartland of the Neolithic North, a bleak, mysterious place that has made Orkney a magnet for archaeologists, historians and other researchers.

For decades they have tramped the island measuring and ex- cavating its great Stone Age sites. The land was surveyed, mapped and known until a recent chance discovery revealed that for all their attention, scientists had completely overlooked a Neolithic treasure that utterly eclipses all others on Orkney – and in the rest of Europe.....

The dig has just started.

A panoramic view with a 'panono' ball camera
moss Posted by moss
6th July 2016ce

Dumfries and Galloway

Wigtownshire Iron Age Roundhouse
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th July 2016ce


Prehistoric tombs may have enhanced astronomical viewing

Astronomers are exploring what might be described as the first astronomical observing tool, potentially used by prehistoric humans 6,000 years ago. They suggest that the long, narrow entrance passages to ancient stone, or 'megalithic', tombs may have enhanced what early human cultures could see in the night sky, an effect that could have been interpreted as the ancestors granting special power to the initiated.

Full story:
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
1st July 2016ce
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