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Cambridgeshire

'Most important' Ely Bronze Age gold torc on display


One of England's "most important Bronze Age finds" has gone on display for the first time near to where it was found.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41513451
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
7th October 2017ce

Harold's Stones (Standing Stones)

Mystery as landmark defaced overnight


http://www.monmouthshirebeacon.co.uk/article.cfm?id=108010&headline=Mystery%20as%20landmark%20defaced%20overnight§ionIs=news&searchyear=2017


RESIDENTS of Trellech woke up to a strange sight on Sunday morning (1st October) when their historic standing stones took on a new look.
The three stones are known as Harold’s Stones, supposedly erected by Harold, last of the Saxon kings, in commemoration of a victory over the Britons in 1063. The stones also supposedly gave the village its name, with ‘tri’ meaning three, and ‘llech,’ stone, in ancient Welsh.
But Sunday morning saw the stones clad in a white plastic with the letters L, E and S taped onto the plastic. The ‘work of art’ had been signed ‘Angel 17’ which gave no clues to the originator of the work.
Local resident Stephanie Poulter first saw them when driving by and thought to herself that some effort had been put into this.
“It was a mystery who had done this but obviously someone had gone to a great deal of effort,” she told the Beacon.
The plot thickened as by 5pm, the wrapping had vanished, taken down by someone unknown.
MelMel Posted by MelMel
5th October 2017ce

Lewis and Harris

Archaeology worth £4m to Western Isles' economy


Standing stones that are 5,000 years old are helping to boost the Western Isles economy by £4m a year, according to a new report.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41498458
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
5th October 2017ce

Thing's Va (Broch)

Possible evidence of Norse parliament site near Thurso


Possible evidence of a medieval Norse parliament meeting place may have been found at an archaeological site in the Highlands.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41485948
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th October 2017ce

Sculptors Cave (Cave / Rock Shelter)

Old meets new as prehistoric cave is digitised


"Archaeologists from Bradford have created a digital model of the iconic Sculptor’s Cave in Moray, Scotland.

The high resolution digital model not only demonstrates the size and layout of the cave but importantly highlights the Pictish (early medieval) symbols found on the walls that make the cave so fascinating.

The cave was also used as a focus for complex funerary rites and the deposition of precious objects in the Late Bronze Age/Iron Age....."

http://www.bradford.ac.uk/news/2017/sculptors-cave-video.php

Nice walk through video on link.
thelonious Posted by thelonious
2nd October 2017ce

Scotland (Country)

Heritage 'angel' contenders across Scotland revealed


A shortlist of 12 nominees in four different categories has been revealed for the annual Scottish Heritage Angel Awards.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-41415926

Whithorn Roundhouse worth a vote but then again they are all excellent.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
29th September 2017ce

Shropshire

Three limestone monoliths mark a path to Shropshire's first long barrow in 5,000 years


They were being laid in the grounds of Soulton Hall, Wem, as part of a wider scheme to create the long barrow next year.

The impressive limestone features, each weighing a couple of tonnes, stand approximately 12 feet high and six feet wide, and are the first step in the building of the Soulton Long Barrow by Sacred Stones Ltd and the Ashton family.

The Soulton Long Barrow was granted planning permission earlier this month and will be made entirely by hand using natural limestone, lime mortar and traditional techniques.

Inspired by those built by our prehistoric ancestors, it will house cremation ashes and will provide a much-needed alternative venue for funerals and commemorative experiences.

It is hoped the barrow will act as a focal point for community to celebrate life, free from the constraints imposed by municipal alternatives. The long barrow will also provide a unique backdrop for educational and creative events.

Managing director of Sacred Stones, Toby Angel, said: "These beautiful standing stones are a precursor to what will be an historic build; the first long barrow in the region for 5,000 years. As well as marking the path to the barrow, these monoliths are our statement of intent and commitment to creating a natural, secular barrow in a rural setting where families can come with no time limitations and celebrate life.

"We established the company in response to our own experience of crematoriums and the frustration of spending longer in the car park than at the service. When we saw the public's reaction to the Wiltshire barrow and their engagement with the structure there, it encouraged us to form Sacred Stones. In death, as in life, choice is hugely important and grief needs time without constraint. We know, through testimony, this is what a barrow provides and we are honoured that a few local people have already reserved a space for their ashes here."

Tim Ashton, of Soulton Hall, added: "This is a special day for my family, and the community we serve. It's hugely exciting to be one of the first farmers to build a long barrow in modern times.

"My family have been stewards of this land for a long time; our passionate connection with Soulton is shared by the many people who live and work around us, and by the many that visit each year.

"By committing to the barrow, we amplify the honour it is to engage with the land, and I passionately believe this important structure will serve the community for generations to come."

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/wem/2017/09/26/three-limestone-monoliths-mark-a-path-to-shropshires-first-long-barrow-in-5000-years/

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Book your slot now!

http://www.soultonhall.co.uk/page/322/new-barrow.htm
Chance Posted by Chance
26th September 2017ce

County Kerry

Illuminating discovery at megalithic tomb in Kerry


https://www.rte.ie/news/munster/2017/0925/907390-megalithic/

A hillwalker in west Kerry has made a stunning discovery which connects a 4,000-year-old tomb with the equinox. The megalithic tomb, known as the Giant’s Grave, is situated in the valley of Loch an Dúin on the eastern side of the Conor Pass.
Ancient rock art can be found within the tomb, including a cup and circle near the head of the tomb.
For the past 14 years Daithí Ó Conaill, a retired school principal, has visited the site during the winter and summer solstice hoping to make a connection between the tomb and the sun.
He has now discovered that the wedge tomb is actually aligned to the setting sun of the equinox, which last occurred on Friday 22 September.

As the sun sets directly into a 'V' shaped valley in the distant Brandon mountain range, a shaft of light enters the wedge tomb, illuminating the chamber and the rock art at the head of the tomb. The event can be witnessed at sunset for a number of days either side of the equinox.
Archaeologist Míchéal Ó Coiléain who has carried out extensive surveys in Loch an Dúin said it was a stunning discovery, providing a fine example of the engineering brilliance demonstrated by the people who constructed it.

"Daithí's discovery is wonderful and it goes to show that people living 4000 years ago are aware of movements of the sun. They are agricultural communities, so to know when the longest days of the year, the shortest, and when the equinoxes fall is so important. To construct such a perfectly positioned monument required remarkable expertise and knowledge."

The Equinox occurs twice a year when the plane of the Earth’s equator passes directly through the centre of the Sun’s disc. During an equinox, night and day are approximately the same duration.
tjj Posted by tjj
25th September 2017ce

North Ayrshire (incl. Arran)

Remains of 6,000-year-old dwelling found in Ayrshire


The remains of a 6,000-year-old dwelling have been uncovered during water mains work in Ayrshire.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-41347487
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
22nd September 2017ce

Clachtoll (Broch)

Iron Age ruins in Assynt recreated in 3D


A 3D model has been created of the ruins of an Iron Age home in the Highlands.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41347333
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
21st September 2017ce
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