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Stonehenge and its Environs

Archaeologists may have found architects' camp for Stonehenge


A team of archaeologists believe they may have discovered a spot where some of the architects of Stonehenge gathered and camped.

The team have been investigating a causewayed enclosure – these are thought to be ancient meeting places or centres of trade – on army land at Larkhill close to Stonehenge.

They found an alignment of posts that matches the orientation of the circle at Stonehenge, leading to the theory that Larkhill could have been some sort of blueprint for the temple.

Si Cleggett, of Wessex Archaeology, conceded it was possible to suggest that any evidence of prehistoric settlement could be connected to the creation of Stonehenge.


https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/02/archaeologists-architects-camp-stonehenge-larkhill
moss Posted by moss
5th February 2018ce

North Yorkshire

Ancient lake reveals a colorful past


Archaeologists say they may have discovered one of the earliest examples of a 'crayon' - possibly used by our ancestors 10,000 years ago for applying colour to their animal skins or for artwork.

The ochre crayon was discovered near an ancient lake, now blanketed in peat, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire. An ochre pebble was found at another site on the opposite side of the lake.


https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uoy-alr012618.php
moss Posted by moss
29th January 2018ce

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42687874

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.


http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/worlebury-hill-fort-group-to-remove-brambles-to-uncover-archaeology-1-5353052
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

Dunbeg (Cliff Fort)

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


More serious problems at Dunbeg.

Full story:
http://www.thejournal.ie/kerry-fort-ancient-3781702-Jan2018/
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.

http://thepipeline.info/blog/2017/12/24/backgrounder-is-turkey-of-a-launch-plan-putting-english-heritage-jobs-at-risk/
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: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/ancient-henge-discovered-in-yorkshire-1-8930717
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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42445823
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.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/stonehenge-comes-ayr-town-centre-11719847
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
20th December 2017ce
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