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Perth and Kinross

Big Nosed Pict found at the A9/ A85 Interchange


Big Nosed Pict found at the A9/ A85 Interchange

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/significant-pictish-stone-unearthed-road-11461229


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pictish-carving-large-nosed-warrior-found-scotland-180967091/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=socialmedia
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
23rd November 2017ce

Sanday

Archaeologists exploring the secrets of Sanday whales


Archaeologists based in Orkney are investigating a number of 19th century whale skeletons recovered during a dig at a neolithic site.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-42066646
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23rd November 2017ce

Wales (Country)

Cadw to remain in Government


The Welsh Government’s historic environment service Cadw will remain part of Welsh Government for the foreseeable future, Culture Minister Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas confirmed today.

As a government division, Cadw has put a greater focus on diversifying its appeal over recent years, becoming more economically sustainable and improving its ‘big 10’ attractions – something which has paid dividends, with record attendance numbers in 2017, up 8.4% on the previous summer.

Earlier this year a steering group report (Historic Wales – A roadmap towards Success, Resilience and Sustainability for the Heritage of Wales) included a specific recommendation relating to the future governance of Cadw. A robust business case was then taken forward to identify the best option.


The business case considered the steering group’s recommendations that Cadw should become ‘a charitable body or an executive agency outside of Welsh Government’. This was measured against the status quo, undertaking an in depth analysis of the functions of Cadw and the drivers for change.


The case was taken to Cabinet colleagues in October, with Dafydd Elis-Thomas happy to implement the decision to accept its core recommendation that the successes of Cadw are best built on and developed from within Government.


The Culture Minister said:


“I have long admired the good work done by Cadw in showcasing some of the magnificent heritage we have here in Wales, opening it up for all to enjoy.


“This has been done largely from within Government, and whilst it was appropriate at this juncture to explore all avenues as to how we can build on this success, I’m pleased to implement Cabinet’s decision to accept the business case’s clear recommendation that Cadw should remain part of Welsh Government.

“But it is also imperative that Cadw looks to evolve and progress, keeping up with best practices and having the flexibility and courage to make the best decisions for all its stakeholders and for the thousands of historic sites that comprise our unique historic environment.

“On this basis, I’m equally pleased to accept recommendations relating to increased autonomy for Cadw in certain aspects. These include establishing a formal system of delegation and internal freedoms, making best use of strategic partnerships between national organisations and establishing an internal operating board.

“These recommendations will maximise the contribution that Cadw can make to an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales. In particular they will help ensure that the public continues to have the best possible quality monuments, attractions and events to enjoy.”

Cadw is the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service, working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales. It looks after and opens to the public 129 monuments across Wales. Of these, 29 are staffed sites and the remainder are free open-access sites.

http://gov.wales/newsroom/culture-tourism-sport/2017/171121-cadw-to-remain-in-government/?skip=1&lang=en
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
21st November 2017ce

Wiltshire

6,000-year-old monument offers a glimpse of Britain’s neolithic Game of Thrones


This summer, the University of Reading Archaeology Field School excavated one of the most extraordinary sites we have ever had the pleasure of investigating. The site is an Early Neolithic long barrow known as “Cat’s Brain” and is likely to date to around 3,800BC. It lies in the heart of the lush Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, UK, halfway between the iconic monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury.

https://theconversation.com/6-000-year-old-monument-offers-a-glimpse-of-britains-neolithic-game-of-thrones-87730
A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
20th November 2017ce

Penchrise Pen (Hillfort)

Turbine plans near hill fort near Hawick rejected


Plans for a wind farm near the site of an ancient hill fort in the Scottish Borders have been unanimously rejected by councillors.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-41899701

Original Story.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-41843876
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
7th November 2017ce

Moel Arthur (Hillfort)

Mysterious Stone Tools Unearthed at Bronze-Age Site in Wales


Amateur archaeologists excavating a Bronze Age site in the United Kingdom have discovered a cache of unusual stone tools unlike any that have been found before.

The tools appear to have been deposited deliberately — perhaps ceremonially — in what would have been a stream around 4,500 years ago, according to the researchers.


https://www.livescience.com/60606-stone-tools-unearthed-at-bronze-age-site.html

Thanks to Stone Pages for this information.
moss Posted by moss
6th November 2017ce
Edited 7th November 2017ce

Jersey

Archaeologists find Stones of interest


A COLLECTION of stones has been unearthed by a team of UK archaeologists investigating fields in St Clement earmarked for a new estate of 200 affordable homes.
Five stones, which could date back to the Island’s neolithic past when the dolmens were built, were discovered by a team from the Museum of London Archaeological Services at the former Samarès Nursery site.

Read more at..

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/10/18/archaeologists-find-stones-of-interest-on-estate-site/#5rD5GMXgMU4tVElq.99
moss Posted by moss
23rd October 2017ce

Scotland (Country)

Heritage 'angel' award winners revealed


The winners of the Scottish Heritage Angel awards have been revealed.

(Good to see Whithorn and in particular Leslie Merriman receive awards)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-41638223
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20th October 2017ce

Stonehenge builders 'ate food from Scotland'


The "army of builders" of Stonehenge ate animals brought from as far away as the north east of Scotland, according to a new exhibition at the famous Neolithic site in Wiltshire.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41669774
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20th October 2017ce

County Down

Save Knock Iveagh!


We all want to believe that the places and heritage we love will be protected by somebody else for our children to enjoy. Some really important places in the UK benefit from protection by law and are supposed to be kept safe by our government bodies for the benefit of everyone. One such place is the ancient Neolithic burial site on the hill at Knock Iveagh. Although the burial site (cairn) is older than the pyramids and should be treated as a gem in the crown of beautiful Co Down, right now unfortunately it looks like somebody has dropped the ball because it is under terrible threat. Our public bodies have the power to save the hill and it is up to us to make sure they do so. That is why we are asking for your contribution to this important fight. Legal advice costs money, but this is a fight we can and must win.

https://www.gofundme.com/saveknockiveagh
ryaner Posted by ryaner
16th October 2017ce
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