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Scotland (Country)

Climate change risk to 28 historic sites in Scotland

Landmark Scottish castles and chapels are among 28 historic sites at "very high risk" from climate change, according to a new report.

A further 160 properties were found to be at "high risk" from flooding, coastal erosion and slope instability.

Including some prehistoric sites in Shetland and Orkney.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
15th January 2018ce

Worlebury (Hillfort)

Hill fort brambles to be removed to reveal archaeology for the first time since 1824

The fort, in Worlebury Woods, suffered from vandalism and was classified as being ‘at risk’ by Historic England at the end of 2016.

North Somerset Council has received a £10,000 grant to pay for surveys at the site to see what work needs to be done to preserve it.

The volunteers of Worlebury Hill Fort Group have started to introduce limestone grassland to the area known as the glade.
moss Posted by moss
15th January 2018ce

Alkmaar Paardenmarkt (Burial Chamber)

The excavation of the Paardenmarkt Alkmaar

In June-August 2010 large scale excavations were executed on the cemetery belonging to the monastery, an area now termed the Paardenmarkt, by Hollandia Archeologen in cooperation with Leiden University. During the course of nine weeks, the students from the former minor Human Osteoarchaeology excavated and cleaned over 180 single coffin burials and 20 secondary inhumations. Interestingly, also two mass graves dating to the Siege of Alkmaar with 9 and 22 individuals were encountered. All the remains are housed in the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University and are currently undergoing the osteological analysis.

Read more about this in English.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
13th January 2018ce

Carreg Hir (Standing Stone / Menhir)

New school named after standing stone

The £7m new primary school being built in Briton Ferry has been named after an iconic standing stone on the school grounds, which is believed to be dated back to the Bronze Age.
Known as Carreg Hir (Long Stone) the mighty 9 foot 2-inch tall monolith was located in the grounds of the former Cwrt Sart Comprehensive where the new 420-pupil primary school is currently under construction.
The new school, which will also cater for 75 part-time nursery children, has now been named Ysgol Carreg Hir in recognition of the ancient stone monument – by local children.
Pupils from the three existing primary schools in the Briton Ferry area, (Brynhyfryd, Llansawel and Ynysmaerdy) were all invited to submit their ideas for a school name and logo.

A total of 98 entries were submitted, with 42 different name suggestions.
The three most popular names went to a closed ballot by the pupils in the school councils of the three schools.
As a result, Ysgol Carreg Hir had the most votes and the school logo will be “Together if we believe we can achieve”.
The new school name and logo have been officially approved by Neath Port Talbot councillors.
Lesley Hynes, Head teacher of Ysgol Carreg Hir said: “All the pupils within the three primary schools had the opportunity to be involved in this process and the school council used their voting rights to express their preference. We are all very pleased with the final name and are eagerly waiting for the next phase of development of our new school”.
The Carreg Hir Standing Stone will have pride of place next to the new school which will open its doors in autumn 2018.
Standing Stones (also known as menhirs) are thought to have had ceremonial or religious uses and it is believed their sheer size may have meant they were used as rallying points for speeches or important events.

Carreg Hir is wreathed in mystery and legend.
A published 1848 reference says: "There is a charm, not yet discovered, which can compel the stone to speak to reveal the secret of its history but that having once spoken it will be silent forever."
And another legend claims there is an underground passage leading between the stone and Neath Abbey some 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to the North.
When opened, Briton Ferry’s Ysgol Carreg Hir, being built by Kier, will include multi-use games areas and hard and soft play areas for different age groups.
tjj Posted by tjj
10th January 2018ce


NT intervene re pre-fracking tests in Clumber Park

"The National Trust has written a heartfelt letter to a fracking company, urging it to abandon plans to survey one of its estates for shale gas reserves.

Ineos Shale currently holds a licence to carry out pre-fracking tests in Nottinghamshire and is trying to force the Trust to grant it access to the Clumber Park.
Although the Government’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) says the company must gain permission from landowners, Ineos claims that National Trust opposition is ‘overly and overtly political’ and has appealed to the OGA to intervene.

In response, Clumber Park general manager Beth Dawson has written to Lynne Campbell, the Planning and Environment Manager at Ineos, making a personal appeal to her to stop the application, and inviting her to visit the 3,800 acre estate so she can see the ‘nature-rich oasis’ for herself.... "
tjj Posted by tjj
8th January 2018ce

Dunbeg (Cliff Fort)

'We cannot stress how dangerous it is': Ancient Kerry fort closed after storm damage

More serious problems at Dunbeg.

Full story:
ryaner Posted by ryaner
5th January 2018ce

England (Country)

English Heritage jobs at risk

As if anyone will be surprised to learn that the decision to split EH in two and stop government funding of the larger part without proper impact assessment would probably lead to job losses.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
2nd January 2018ce

East Riding of Yorkshire

Ancient henge discovered in Yorkshire

THOUSANDS of years ago it would have stood proud on the horizon, a striking monument which could be seen for miles. The circular monument lay hidden for centuries under farmland, its existence only hinted at in crop marks, spotted in aerial surveys.

Read more at:
moss Posted by moss
1st January 2018ce

Highland (Mainland)

Site chosen for replica Iron Age broch in Caithness

A site has been chosen in Caithness for a planned reconstruction of an Iron Age broch.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
22nd December 2017ce

South Ayrshire

Council celebrates staffing cuts by building a "Stonehenge" style monument on a roundabout

Couldn't make it up.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
20th December 2017ce
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