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Highland (Mainland)

Evidence of 'special site' for Bronze Age burials near Loch Ness

Archaeologists say they are finding increasing evidence that a site near Loch Ness was important for burials in the Bronze Age.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
14th December 2017ce

Isle of Skye

60 million-year-old meteorite impact found on Skye

Geologists have found evidence of a 60 million-year-old meteorite impact on the Isle of Skye.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
14th December 2017ce

Clachtoll (Broch)

Discoveries made at Iron Age house site in Assynt

Volcanic pumice stone and pottery of a type common on the Isle of Lewis have been found at a 2,000-year-old site in the Highlands.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
7th December 2017ce


How Neolithic farming sowed the seeds of modern inequality 10,000 years ago

The prehistoric shift towards cultivation began our preoccupation with hierarchy and growth – and even changed how we perceive the passage of time

ryaner Posted by ryaner
6th December 2017ce

Lynchat (Souterrain)

Work on A9 leads to 'Iron Age finds' in Cairngorms

Work on the A9 has led to the discovery of a possible structure, pottery and a stone tool from the Iron Age.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th December 2017ce


Prehistoric women's arms 'stronger than those of today's elite rowers'

New light shed on role of women in ancient communities, as bone analysis reveals profound effect of manual agricultural labour on the human body
MelMel Posted by MelMel
29th November 2017ce


Jersey calls for return of dolmen

This news item appeared in Saturday's Times and was passed to me today. Regret Times online link is only available by subscription so will have to make do with this one.
Jersey calls for the return of its 'Elgin Marbles' monument that was taken and rebuilt in Oxfordshire as a governor's retirement gift
- The dolmen stones were discovered in 1785 near the Jersey capital St Helier
- Monument was uprooted and taken to Oxfordshire estate of retiring governor
- Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames which is on the market for £7million
- It has given the residents of Jersey a new hope that they could buy back the stones and return them to the island

One local man named Neil Holmes is planning to raise £8million through an online crowdfunder in a bid to purchase the estate.
He said: 'The aim of this is to buy the property that the neolithic Jersey dolmen currently resides on, repatriate the dolmen, then resell the estate.'

The stones were one of dozens of dolmens placed across the island which were shrouded in legend and thought to be 'the home of sprites and fairies'.
But many were broken up for building materials in the 17th and 18th century amid waning interest in the mythology surrounding the stunning monuments, according to local history experts.
General Conway was persuaded by his cousin - author Horace Walpole - to pay for the transport of his gift.
Note: There have been several previous attempts to reclaim the dolmen and the issue was raised in the House of Commons as far back as 1928.
tjj Posted by tjj
27th November 2017ce
Edited 28th November 2017ce

Perth and Kinross

Big Nosed Pict found at the A9/ A85 Interchange

Big Nosed Pict found at the A9/ A85 Interchange
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
23rd November 2017ce


Archaeologists exploring the secrets of Sanday whales

Archaeologists based in Orkney are investigating a number of 19th century whale skeletons recovered during a dig at a neolithic site.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23rd November 2017ce

Wales (Country)

Cadw to remain in Government

The Welsh Government’s historic environment service Cadw will remain part of Welsh Government for the foreseeable future, Culture Minister Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas confirmed today.

As a government division, Cadw has put a greater focus on diversifying its appeal over recent years, becoming more economically sustainable and improving its ‘big 10’ attractions – something which has paid dividends, with record attendance numbers in 2017, up 8.4% on the previous summer.

Earlier this year a steering group report (Historic Wales – A roadmap towards Success, Resilience and Sustainability for the Heritage of Wales) included a specific recommendation relating to the future governance of Cadw. A robust business case was then taken forward to identify the best option.

The business case considered the steering group’s recommendations that Cadw should become ‘a charitable body or an executive agency outside of Welsh Government’. This was measured against the status quo, undertaking an in depth analysis of the functions of Cadw and the drivers for change.

The case was taken to Cabinet colleagues in October, with Dafydd Elis-Thomas happy to implement the decision to accept its core recommendation that the successes of Cadw are best built on and developed from within Government.

The Culture Minister said:

“I have long admired the good work done by Cadw in showcasing some of the magnificent heritage we have here in Wales, opening it up for all to enjoy.

“This has been done largely from within Government, and whilst it was appropriate at this juncture to explore all avenues as to how we can build on this success, I’m pleased to implement Cabinet’s decision to accept the business case’s clear recommendation that Cadw should remain part of Welsh Government.

“But it is also imperative that Cadw looks to evolve and progress, keeping up with best practices and having the flexibility and courage to make the best decisions for all its stakeholders and for the thousands of historic sites that comprise our unique historic environment.

“On this basis, I’m equally pleased to accept recommendations relating to increased autonomy for Cadw in certain aspects. These include establishing a formal system of delegation and internal freedoms, making best use of strategic partnerships between national organisations and establishing an internal operating board.

“These recommendations will maximise the contribution that Cadw can make to an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales. In particular they will help ensure that the public continues to have the best possible quality monuments, attractions and events to enjoy.”

Cadw is the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service, working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales. It looks after and opens to the public 129 monuments across Wales. Of these, 29 are staffed sites and the remainder are free open-access sites.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
21st November 2017ce
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