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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.
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 –
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.
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.
scubi63 Posted by scubi63
11th September 2017ce


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.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
29th August 2017ce

Scotland (Country)

"Return" of 2,500 yr old Ballachulish Goddess

The 2,500-year-old Ballachulish Goddess has “returned” to the Highland lochside where she was found after the Iron Age figure was recreated by a team of archaeologists. The life-size carving, which dates to around 600BC, was discovered face down in Highland peat by workmen in 1880 .....
tjj Posted by tjj
28th August 2017ce


Early Neolithic houses at Cata Sands

found during present excavations
wideford Posted by wideford
28th August 2017ce

Cheddar Gorge and Gough's Cave (Cave / Rock Shelter)

Prehistoric Britons ate their dead and carved mysterious markings on their bones

Cheddar Gorge in Somerset’s Mendip Hills is one of Britain’s most beautiful natural wonders, with its sweeping limestone cliffs, and striking natural rock chambers.

But new evidence suggests the picturesque site had a deeply sinister past.

Paleontologists have discovered that around 15,000 years ago, British cave dwellers filleted and ate their dead relatives before inscribing markings on their bones in grisly prehistoric rituals.

It is the first time that such practices have been found in the Paleolithic, or Old Stone Age - which dates from 2.6 million years ago to around 12,000BC - anywhere in the world.
moss Posted by moss
14th August 2017ce

County Kerry

Danny Healy-Rae and the Little People: Fairies to blame for problems on bad road, says TD

It was a puzzling case of Danny Healy-Rae and the 'little people'.
The Kerry TD is blaming poor road conditions around Killarney on fairies, according to his daughter.

Mr Healy-Rae believes that mythical creatures are at work on the main route between Killarney and Cork and that they are responsible for the appalling condition of the road.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
12th August 2017ce
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