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New hope of uncovering Stirling's lost Iron Age roundhouse
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23rd May 2017ce


Prehistoric henge discovered in Newbold-on-Stour

A prehistoric henge, dating back almost 6,000 years, has been uncovered on farmland in Warwickshire.
scubi63 Posted by scubi63
20th May 2017ce


Dig finds UK's oldest sacred site is in Shrewsbury

"Barker and Jenks discovered prehistoric burial mounds and cremations, slots for standing stones and two rows of Neolithic post holes and a ditch, known as a cursus, which they interpreted as a processional way. It was aligned east to west, extending towards the current church building.

“The current church appears to have incorporated and deliberately built over late Neolithic/early Bronze Age remains. The 15-inch section of post we found was sticking up into the Medieval foundations,” said Janey Green, of Baskerville Archaeological Services.

“It is an incredibly complex site and appears to have been used and re-used for religious purposes for over 4,000 years. It is well known that Christians liked to build churches over pagan sites.

“More work needs to be done but early interpretations indicate that it is the earliest known sacred site in Britain that is still in use today."

moss Posted by moss
19th May 2017ce

Tinkinswood (Burial Chamber)

Outrage at treatment of Tinkinswood ancient site

"When we arrived there, a man was burning a sack full of rubbish IN the burial chamber. Smoke was bellowing out from under the cap-stone and the smell of plastic was heavy in the air."

From a letter to the Glamorgan GEM

Follow up:

Tinkinswood fire reported to police

The Glamorgan GEM
baza Posted by baza
16th May 2017ce


British Art: Ancient Landscapes

On currently until Sunday, September 3, 2017

Booking: No booking required.
Cost: Normal admission charges apply.

"The British landscape has been a continual inspiration to artists across the centuries and particularly the landscapes shaped and marked by our distant ancestors. The megaliths, stone circles and chalk-cut hill figures that survive from Neolithic and Bronze Age times have stimulated many artists to make a response. In this major new exhibition curated by Professor Sam Smiles, these unique artistic responses have been brought together to create a new discussion. Featuring the work of some of the greatest names in British art from the last 250 years, see John Constable, JMW Turner, Eric Ravilious, John Piper, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Richard Long, Derek Jarman and more, as their work records and reflects on some of our most treasured ancient landscapes."

I had a look at the catalogue yesterday which is available at the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes. The word catalogue does not do it justice - a very beautiful book to own, though at £25 not cheap. Several of the artworks owned by Wiltshire Museum are in the exhibition, including David Inshaw.
tjj Posted by tjj
12th May 2017ce

Coll (Island)

Coll Hoard Conservation campaign exceeds target

Not my patch by a great distance but am following Kilmartin Museum on FB and was pleased to read their following statement:
"We are delighted to announced we have reached and EXCEEDED our £10,000 goal for our Coll Hoard Conservation campaign! A huge huge thank you to everyone who donated, shared and in any way helped us to achieve this. Rewards and official thank yous will be issued soon. This is extremely exciting as now these fantastic artefacts can be sent to the Scottish Conservation Studio in Edinburgh to be conserved properly. We've already raised £905 over the amount needed, and our campaign does run until tomorrow morning so we have decided any extra money we make will go towards preserving an early Christian cross slab fragment which comes from a ruined Chapel in Kilmartin Glen. If this is something you are interested in supporting you can still donate at:"
tjj Posted by tjj
5th May 2017ce

Burn Of Swartigill (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Excavation at site of 'ancient wag' in Caithness
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
2nd May 2017ce

Whetstone found at suspected Iron Age site near Wick
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
2nd May 2017ce

Stonehenge and its Environs

The Stonehenge tunnel: ‘A monstrous act of desecration is brewing’

“The issue is whether Stonehenge exists to provide a tourist experience, or whether it is something more significant, both historically and spiritually,” he says. “It has stood there for 4,500 years. And up to now, no one’s thought of injecting enormous quantities of concrete into the landscape and permanently disfiguring it.”
moss Posted by moss
26th April 2017ce


Gobekli Tepe .Response from excavators

A useful response from the excavators ,mainly related to the problems connected with the nonsense about about the symbols and cherry picking .
It's not to be expected that they might have noticed that the astronomy was also wrong i.e. the asterisms were actually below the horizon on their chosen solstice date . Possibly why the images highlighted them during the day when they were above the horizon but invisible .
No mention either of the suggested date of the observation being a thousand years earlier than the earliest date from the site .
Hopefully the Telegraph and New Scientist will give this the space it deserves .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
25th April 2017ce
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