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

Ness of Brodgar crowdfunding campaign is launched.


A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help fund this year’s excavation and post-excavation at the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site.

On July 2, archaeologists and volunteers will return to the Neolithic complex after ten months of careful planning and research.

But with the costs of the annual excavation and subsequent post-excavation work increasing as more needs to be done, the trust behind the dig is looking to online crowdfunding to help meet those costs, and is asking if £25,000 of those costs can be raised by public support.

Funds will not only go towards mounting post-excavation analysis of finds but will help with scaffolding platform hire, specialists, tour guides and transport as well as equipment for the annual excavation – from plastic bags to safety equipment.

Plans for 2018 include the further investigation of an enigmatic structure on the outskirts of the site – possibly a chambered tomb – as well as extending existing trenches to look at earlier buildings and, hopefully, find more evidence of the massive stone wall that once surrounded the complex.

https://www.orcadian.co.uk/ness-of-brodgar-crowdfunding-campaign-is-launched/
Ravenfeather Posted by Ravenfeather
11th May 2018ce

Dun Deardail (Stone Fort / Dun)

Ash from destructive hill fort fire 'preserved in peat'


Archaeologists believe they have found, preserved in peat, charcoal from a fire that destroyed an ancient hillfort.

Dun Deardail was built about 2,500 years ago on a prominent knoll on Sgorr Chalum, a hill overlooking the River Nevis in Glen Nevis.

Charcoal found in surrounding peatbog has been analysed.

Four "significant fire events" were identified as layers of charcoal or soot. One, from around 310BC, is thought to be the fort's burning.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43813824
moss Posted by moss
30th April 2018ce

Rousay

Archaeologists search for answers in 'Egypt of the North'


A TEAM of international archaeologists hope to answer questions remaining about an Orkney island known as "the Egypt of the north".

The experts have started the largest geophysics survey to date on Rousay, a hilly island off Orkney Mainland.....................



http://www.thenational.scot/news/16171515.Archaeologists_search_for_answers_in__Egypt_of_the_North_/
moss Posted by moss
24th April 2018ce

Ramsey Island

Ramsey Island: New survey finds 'Bronze Age' site


The laser scan of Ramsey Island uncovered a "hidden" landscape thought to date back to the Bronze Age.

The survey, taken from the air, has also seen a detailed 3D model of the two mile-long beauty spot made for the first time.

Experts say the data could also be used to see if climate change affects the environment on the island.

Royal Commission archaeologist Dan Hunt described the findings as "incredible".

He added: "It has presented us with a stunning view of the island in enormous detail."


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-43534578
moss Posted by moss
2nd April 2018ce

Cornwall

Barrow discovered near Looe


An Archaeologist at The Australian National University (ANU) has discovered a prehistoric Bronze-Age barrow, or burial mound, on a hill in Cornwall and is about to start excavating the untouched site which overlooks the English Channel.

The site dates back to around 2,000 BC and was discovered by chance when ANU Archaeologist Dr Catherine Frieman, who was conducting geophysical surveys of a known site outside the village of Looe in Cornwall, was approached by a farmer about a possible site in a neighbouring field.

"He told us about a 'lump' on his land and that nobody knew what it was, so he asked us to take a look at it," said Dr Frieman, who is a Senior Lecturer in the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology.

"So we ran our equipment over a 1,600 metre square area and sure enough we found a quite obvious circular ditch - about 15 metres across - with a single entrance pointing south east and a bunch of pits in the middle.

More here: https://phys.org/news/2018-03-archaeologist-cornish-barrow-site.amp?__twitter_impression=true
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
30th March 2018ce

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

Ness of Brodgar


Current Archaeology - 9 page article

https://www.dropbox.com/s/n45fvzy1g7lhvyh/Ness%20of%20Brodgar%20335_1r.pdf?dl=0
Posted by tomatoman
10th March 2018ce
Edited 29th March 2018ce

Stonehenge and its Environs

Stonehenge


This weekend's EH event:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/09/stonehenge-party-building-secrets-unearthed?CMP=share_btn_fb
Posted by tomatoman
10th March 2018ce
Edited 29th March 2018ce

Scotland (Country)

Archaeologists unearth amazing finds on Aberdeen bypass


Artefacts and structures found during archaeological excavations on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project are shedding light on land use and settlement in the north east over the past 15,000 years, including Mesolithic pits, Roman bread ovens, prehistoric roundhouses and a cremation complex.

Full story here.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
27th February 2018ce

Lancashire

Spot the Hunter-Gatherers!


https://www.facebook.com/events/2128530017175633/

Got a spare day between Tuesday 6 and Sunday 11 March 2018?

Join our survey team and help find Spodden Valley's ancient hunting camps. Lancashire has one of the highest concentrations of hunter-gatherer sites in Europe. 8,000 years ago, it was prime territory. Today, it still bristles with the remains of ancient hunting camps... if you know where to look.

In March the DigVentures team are heading to Spodden Valley to help us begin a MASSIVE survey of its hunter-gatherer sites, and we are going to need LOADS of people. Together, we'll sweep across the valley looking for clues, but it's only a few weeks away and we need to assemble our team FAST
juamei Posted by juamei
19th February 2018ce

Lewis and Harris

Housebuilder uncovers Iron Age chamber on Lewis


A 2,000-year-old underground chamber has been uncovered during work to build a house on the Isle of Lewis.

The Iron Age souterrain was revealed during the digging of the foundations for the property in Ness.

Local archaeologists, husband and wife team Chris and Rachel Barrowman, are recording the souterrain.

Dr Barrowman said theories on the purpose of the stone-lined, flat stone-roofed structures included storing food.

continued...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42988416
moss Posted by moss
19th February 2018ce
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