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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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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

Orkney

Neolithic Orkney rivalries detailed in new study


Rivalries in Orkney more than 4,500 years ago led to competition between communities including over how people were buried, according to new research.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41319168
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20th September 2017ce

Stonehenge and its Environs

We will learn more about Stonehenge…


In his letter to The Times (Saturday, 16 September) Mike Pitts, Editor of the British Archaeological magazine, writes –

https://theheritagetrust.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/we-will-learn-more-about-stonehenge/
Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
19th September 2017ce

Stowe's Pound (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Stowe's Pound fairy stack creators 'are historic vandals'


Visitors to a 6,000-year-old site who are removing stones and piling them up to be "artistic" could be causing significant damage, experts say.
Stones from Stowe's Pound on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, are being used to build the "fairy stacks" by people "probably unaware" they are breaking the law.
The stacks have been described as "historic vandalism".
The practice at the Scheduled Ancient Monument site has also been condemned by Historic England.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-41245644
moss Posted by moss
14th September 2017ce

Stonehenge and its Environs

Stonehenge tunnel route altered to protect winter solstice view


A tunnel past Stonehenge will be dug largely along the route of the existing A303, the government has announced.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-41227359
scubi63 Posted by scubi63
11th September 2017ce

Sanday

Neolithic dig unearths 19th Century whale pits


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-41109126/neolithic-dig-unearths-19th-century-whale-pits
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
1st September 2017ce

Clachtoll (Broch)

Iron Age house in Assynt 'was burned down'


An Iron Age home in the Highlands appears to have been hastily abandoned after a fire broke out either accidently or in an attack.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41081576
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
29th August 2017ce
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