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Oldbury Camp (Hillfort)

Archaeologists unearthing secrets of ancient hillfort in Oldbury-on-Severn

Little is known about the Iron Age fort, with mysteries and theories around when it was built and why it was built on the low land rather than, as the name suggests, on a hill.

The two-week excavation dig, which is being led by archaeologists DigVentures and A Forgotten Landscape, a South Gloucestershire Council-funded landscape partnership, is hoping to turn back the hands of time to find out more about the purpose of the hillfort.

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thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
27th June 2017ce

Bryn Celli Ddu (Chambered Cairn)

Archaeologists unearth prehistoric ritual area around Bryn Celli Ddu

"Previously unknown Anglesey landscape possibly includes cairn cemetery in what experts described as ‘really exciting stuff’

Archaeologists have uncovered a prehistoric ritual landscape that possibly includes a cairn cemetery around a 5,000-year-old burial mound aligned with the summer solstice sun on Anglesey.

Though far less famous than Stonehenge, the spectacle of sunlight shining down a long narrow passage to light up the inner chamber of Bryn Celli Ddu on the longest day of the year is unforgettable. Excavation now suggests the site had significance for prehistoric people that lasted for millennia after the earth mound was raised over a stone passage grave."

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1speed Posted by 1speed
22nd June 2017ce

United Kingdom

Hill fort hotspots in UK and Ireland mapped for first time in online atlas

For the first time, a detailed online atlas has drawn together the locations and particulars of the UK and Ireland’s hill forts and come to the conclusion that there are more than 4,000 of them, mostly dating from the iron age.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
22nd June 2017ce

Cairns O' The Bu (Broch)

The Cairns Blog
Posted by Lianachan
19th June 2017ce

Scotland (Country)

History in the hills: on the trail of Scotland's prehistoric rock carvings

Article on The Guardian online travel page today...
1speed Posted by 1speed
19th June 2017ce

County Westmeath

Illegal metal detectors damage 3,000-year-old wooden road

Illegal metal detectors have caused irreparable damage to a prehistoric road in the Midlands with Ireland's leading heritage charity calling on the Government to intervene to save the road.

An Taisce: The National Trust for Ireland has written to the Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys to request that the oakwood-built roadway, located on Mayne Bog in Coole, Co. Westmeath, be protected fully by the laws of the State.

Its Antiquities and Monuments committee has criticised the Minister for "standing idly by" and wants a licensed metal detector survey carried out along the route.

Dr Mark Clinton of An Taisce said that the area is of international importance and should be placed on the Record of Monuments and Places (RMP) list. Much of the 647-metre, 3,000-year-old wooden track has been dug up by workmen cutting peat.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
12th June 2017ce

Clava Cairns

Vandalism at ancient Clava Cairns burial site

Pathetic :-(
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
7th June 2017ce

Highland (Mainland)

Iron Age broch recreated in Lego
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
6th June 2017ce

Worlebury (Hillfort)

Importance of ‘at risk’ hill fort promoted to ensure it can be preserved

Preserving an ‘at risk’ ancient monument in Weston-super-Mare is a priority for Historic England and a volunteer group, who hope teaching schoolchildren about its importance will ensure it is looked after for generations to come.
moss Posted by moss
6th June 2017ce

Pittodrie Quarry (Ancient Mine / Quarry)

Nasa tests Aberdeenshire find for life on Mars clues
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
2nd June 2017ce
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