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Northumberland

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Sites in this group:

9 posts
Addeyheugh Standing Stone / Menhir
3 posts
Alnmouth Wall Rocks Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
5 posts
Alwinton-Clennel Cottages Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
16 posts
2 sites
Amerside Law Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Bamburgh Barrow Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
Bantam Hill Promontory Fort
Barrowburn Wood Cairn(s)
9 posts
Battlestone (Humbleton) Standing Stone / Menhir
6 posts
Battle Stone (Yeavering) Standing Stone / Menhir
8 posts
Beanley Plantation Settlement Hillfort
5 posts
Beggarbog Round Barrow(s)
1 post
Bellshiel Long Cairn
3 posts
Birney Hill Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
8 posts
Blackbog Dean Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
The Black Dyke Dyke
40 posts
Blawearie Cairn Kerbed Cairn
3 posts
Bolam Cairn Cairn(s)
2 posts
Bold Venture Ancient Mine / Quarry
11 posts
The Bowden Doors Natural Rock Feature
9 posts
Brigantium
2 posts
Brinkburn Promontory Fort
5 posts
Broad Mea Long Cairn Long Cairn
3 posts
Broomhouse Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
30 posts
Broomridge Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
Broomwood Camp Enclosure
7 posts
Bunkerhill Plantation Standing Stone / Menhir
42 posts
Buttony Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
12 posts
Bygate Hill Standing Stone / Menhir
14 posts
Caller Crag Cup Marked Stone
1 post
Campville Hillfort
1 post
Camp Hill (Alnwick) Hillfort
2 posts
Camp Hill (Otterburn) Hillfort
Camp Knowe Hillfort
15 posts
Carr Hill Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
5 posts
Cartington Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
2 posts
Cartington Carriageway (a) Cup Marked Stone
2 posts
Cartington Carriageway (b) Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
1 site
Cartington Hill Cairn(s)
Castle Hills Hillfort
2 posts
Castle Hill (Callaly) Hillfort
12 posts
Cateran Hill Cave / Rock Shelter
2 posts
Cawledge Bridge Enclosure
1 post
Charlton Burn Enclosure
107 posts
Chatton Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
2 posts
Chester Cottage Settlement Enclosure
5 posts
The Cheviot Cairn(s)
3 posts
Chirnells Moor, Thropton Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Clavering Hillfort
8 posts
Cocklawburn Beach Rings Natural Rock Feature
30 posts
Coldmartin Loughs 1-2 Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
Colouring Crags Long Cairn Long Cairn
8 posts
Corbridge Cup Marked Stone
2 posts
Corby's Bridge Enclosure Enclosure
23 posts
Corby's Crags Rock Shelter Cave / Rock Shelter
2 posts
Coupland Henge Henge
1 post
Cragside Cairn Cairn(s)
9 posts
Crag Hill Cist
7 posts
Craster Heugh Enclosure
3 posts
Crawberry Hill Stone Circle
4 posts
Crocky's Heugh Cup Marked Stone
11 posts
Cuddy's Cave (Doddington) Cave / Rock Shelter
5 posts
Davy's Lee Cup Marked Stone
1 post
Devil's Lapful Long Barrow
15 posts
6 sites
Doddington Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
4 posts
Doddington North Moor Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Dod Hill Long Cairn
3 posts
Dour Hill Chambered Cairn
10 posts
Drake Stone Natural Rock Feature
84 posts
Duddo Five Stones Stone Circle
Dunstanburgh Castle Promontory Fort
5 posts
Dunstan Hill Enclosure
1 post
East Linkhall Round Barrow(s)
1 post
East Marleyknowe Henge
7 posts
Ellsnook Round Barrow(s)
1 post
Ewart Park Henge Henge
3 posts
Fawdon Hill Hillfort
11 posts
Fenwick Fell Field Cup Marked Stone
The Five Barrows Cairn(s)
17 posts
Five Kings Stone Row / Alignment
2 posts
Flodden Camp Henge
4 sites
Fontburn
23 posts
1 site
Football Cairn Round Cairn
1 post
Ford Henge Henge
8 sites
Fowberry Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
6 posts
Gefrin Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
30 posts
1 site
Gled Law Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
12 posts
Goatscrag Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
39 posts
The Goatstones Stone Circle
4 posts
Great Hetha Camp Hillfort
15 posts
1 site
Great Swinburne Standing Stone / Menhir
5 posts
Greenlee Lough Cup Marked Stone
5 posts
Green Castle Hillfort
3 posts
Green Hill Ring Cairn
2 posts
Grindstone Law Enclosure
3 posts
Groat Haugh Henge
5 posts
Hallion's Rock Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
2 posts
Hard Nab Round Cairn
4 posts
HareHaugh Hillfort Hillfort
3 posts
Harehope Hill Cairn(s)
15 posts
Hare Law Crags Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Harlaw Hill Bank Barrow
2 posts
Harlaw Hill 2 Cist
5 posts
Hartleyburn Common Cup Marked Stone
2 posts
Hart Heugh Cairn(s)
2 posts
Hart Heugh Stone Circle Stone Circle
15 posts
Haughton Common Stone Circle
8 posts
Hawick (Bavington) Cup Marked Stone
2 posts
Hazelrigg Cup Marked Stone
3 posts
Heddon Hill Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
4 posts
Heddon Hill Cup Marked Stone
5 posts
Hedgehope Cairn(s)
9 posts
Heifer Law Enclosure
1 post
Hepburn Moor Cairn(s)
11 posts
Hethpool Stone Circle Stone Circle
6 posts
Highburn House Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
8 posts
High Chesters Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
5 posts
High Shaws Cup Marked Stone
3 posts
Homer's Lane Cup Marked Stone
6 posts
1 site
Honey Hill Enclosure
15 posts
Howden Hill (Northumberland) Cup Marked Stone
8 posts
Howick Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
1 post
Howick Hall Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
8 posts
Howick Hillfort Enclosure
5 posts
Humbleton Hill Hillfort
5 posts
4 sites
Hunterheugh Crags
13 posts
Hurl Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
2 posts
Hut Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
1 post
Isabella's Mount Enclosure
4 posts
The Kettles Hillfort
55 posts
2 sites
Kettley Crag Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Kielder Stone Natural Rock Feature
8 posts
Kingscrag Gate Cairn(s)
4 posts
The King's Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
2 posts
King Wanless Green Cist
1 post
Kippy Heugh Enclosure
6 posts
Kirkhaugh Round Barrow(s)
1 post
Kyloe Camp Hillfort
9 posts
Lamp Hill Cup Marked Stone
2 posts
Langley Stone Circle
15 posts
Lemmington Wood Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
6 posts
Lindisfarne Cup Marked Stone
4 posts
Longframlington Cup Marked Stone
64 posts
5 sites
Lordenshaw Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
Lowshield Green Cairn(s)
5 posts
Low Hauxley Cairn(s)
12 posts
Low Thornhope Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
Lucker Moor Round Cairn
2 posts
Lyham Moor Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Maiden Way Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
21 posts
The Mare and Foal Standing Stones
1 post
Matfen Barrow Round Barrow(s)
30 posts
The Matfen Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
11 posts
Middleton Standing Stone / Menhir
10 posts
Middleton Bank Top Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
23 posts
Midstead Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Milfield North Henge
64 posts
Millstone Burn Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
5 posts
Millstone Hill Cup Marked Stone
53 posts
Morwick Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Netherwitton Cairn(s)
16 posts
Newtown Mill Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Nunwick Park Stone Circle (Destroyed)
77 posts
1 site
Old Bewick Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
Old Rothbury Hillfort
1 post
Old Yeavering Henge
4 posts
Ox Eye Long Cairn
8 posts
Paine's Bridge Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Percy's Leap Natural Rock Feature
11 posts
Piper's Chair Hillfort
1 post
Piper Shaws Stone Circle
8 posts
Pitland Hills Cairn(s)
13 posts
The Poind And His Man Standing Stone / Menhir
9 posts
Powburn Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
5 posts
Prudhoe Castle Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
19 posts
Ray-Sunnyside Cup Marked Stone
15 posts
Ridley Common Stone Circle
39 posts
1 site
The Ringses Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
18 posts
Ringses Camp, Beanley Moor Hillfort
19 posts
1 site
Ros Castle Cup Marked Stone
6 posts
Rothbury Standing Stone / Menhir
4 posts
Roughlees Enclosure
94 posts
Roughting Linn Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Roughting Linn Camp Promontory Fort
9 posts
Rough Castles / Roughley Wood Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
8 posts
Russell's Cairn Cairn(s)
7 posts
Salter's Nick Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
4 posts
Scrainwood Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Scrog Hill Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
Sea Houses Farm Cup Marked Stone
3 posts
Shillhope Law Cairn(s)
5 posts
Shindon Hill Hillfort
5 posts
Shortflatt Round Barrow(s)
5 posts
Shortflatt Tower Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
29 posts
6 sites
Simonside Sacred Hill
2 posts
Slaggyford Stone Rows Stone Row / Alignment
38 posts
Snook Bank Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
Soldier's Fold Hillfort
2 posts
South Middleton Moor Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Spindlestone Heughs Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
2 posts
Spithope Chambered Cairn
6 posts
Stanniston Hill Cup Marked Stone
6 posts
St John Lee Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
2 posts
Swarland Camp Enclosure
Swindon Hill Cairn(s)
10 posts
Thornborough Portable Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
12 posts
Threestone Burn Stone Circle
27 posts
Three Kings Stone Circle
6 posts
Throckley Bank Top Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
13 posts
Titlington Mount Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
20 posts
Tod Crag, Ottercops Moss Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Tone Hall Henge
3 posts
Tosson Burgh Hillfort
Uplaw Knowe Cairn(s)
6 posts
Wallington Hall Standing Stone / Menhir
7 posts
Wandylaw Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
6 posts
Warden Law Hillfort
2 posts
Warden Mound Artificial Mound
5 posts
Warkshaugh Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
31 posts
The Warrior Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
The Wedderstone Standing Stone / Menhir (Destroyed)
84 posts
1 site
Weetwood Moor Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
Weetwood North Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
7 posts
Wellhope Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
West Akeld Stead Henge
2 posts
West Brizlee Enclosure
2 posts
West Brizlee (South) Enclosure
7 posts
West Hills, Thropton Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
9 posts
West Horton Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
West Horton 6 c Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
6 posts
West Shaftoe Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
Whinny Hill Stone Circle
3 posts
Whitehill Head Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
24 posts
White House Folly Hill Cist
11 posts
Whitley Pike Carving
1 post
2 sites
Whitsunbank Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
7 posts
Whitton Burn Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
5 posts
Witchy Neuk Hillfort
2 posts
Wolfershiel Hillfort (Destroyed)
3 posts
Woolaw Iron Age Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
16 posts
Yeavering Bell Hillfort
Sites of disputed antiquity:
2 posts
Berthele's Stone Natural Rock Feature
2 posts
Devil's Stone (Birtley) Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
Lady's Well (Coquetdale) Sacred Well
7 posts
Pin Well / King's Chair Sacred Well
2 posts
Slaggyford Stones Standing Stones
12 posts
St Cuthbert's Cave (Cockenheugh) Cave / Rock Shelter
2 posts
Wansbeck Standing Stone / Menhir

News

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National recognition for Northumberland ancient history


From The Journal online:

Seventeen of the mysterious cup and ring carvings in Northumberland have been scheduled as Ancient Monuments by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport following advice from English Heritage... continues...
Hob Posted by Hob
8th April 2014ce
Edited 8th April 2014ce

Northumberland stone circle - 'DIY Stonehenge'

This may be old news by now. I've not come across it before though.


http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/northumberland-builders-diy-stonehenge-causes-6358709
tjj Posted by tjj
2nd December 2013ce

Low Hauxley dig reveals evidence of ancient tsunami


Evidence has been uncovered of a huge tsunami, which cut Britain off from the rest of Europe 8,000 years ago.

Excavations at Low Hauxley, near Druridge Bay in Northumberland, have unearthed material, which experts say, was deposited by the giant tidal wave... continues...
moss Posted by moss
21st August 2013ce
Edited 7th October 2016ce

Rock art Meeting - Northumberland (RAM 2011)


This years RAM (Rock Art Meeting) has been arranged for Sunday June 5th at Lordenshaw. Northumberland.

Lordenshaw is just to the south of Rothbury in Northumberland (see a detailed map Here and then zoom out for road directions etc)... continues...
Posted by Chappers
18th May 2011ce
Edited 19th May 2011ce

Ancient rock carvings discovered.


More than 100 new examples of prehistoric art have been discovered carved into boulders and open bedrock throughout Northumberland and Durham.

The 5,000-year-old Neolithic carvings of circles, rings and hollowed cups, were uncovered by volunteers... continues...
The Eternal Posted by The Eternal
31st July 2008ce
Edited 7th October 2016ce

High tides unearth burial mystery of bronze age child


High tides and winds that have battered our shores have unearthed a burial mystery for archaeologists.

Erosion by the sea and weather has revealed what seems to be the remains of a Bronze Age child... continues...
moss Posted by moss
15th November 2007ce
Edited 7th October 2016ce

Novice tells of Bronze Age find

A metal-detecting novice who unearthed an "extremely important" hoard of Bronze Age artefacts has said his discovery was due to "sheer luck".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6586331.stm
Pilgrim Posted by Pilgrim
24th April 2007ce
Edited 24th April 2007ce

Durham County Council's Archaeology Department 3rd Annual Conference


Saturday 10 March 2007, 9:50am-4.30pm
Durham County Council's Archaeology Department will be holding its 3rd Annual Conference. The day will offer talks on recent archaeological discoveries, community excavations, recording and research... continues...
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
27th February 2007ce
Edited 27th February 2007ce

3,000-year-old hoard of treasure unearthed


Extract from The Northern Echo's website:
Three amber beads, two bronze rings, a bugle-shaped fitting and a fragment of a spearhead, found six inches below ground in a field near Sedgefield, County Durham, are thought to have been part of an ancient burial ceremony... continues...
Hob Posted by Hob
30th August 2006ce
Edited 30th August 2006ce

Rock Art Meeting 2006


" The 2006 Rock Art Meeting (RAM'06) is sheduled for
Sunday 4th of June 2006 in Wooler, Northumberland

You are most welcome to take part in this meeting. Bring camera's, childern, wellies, lunch packet, water and good weather! After coffees between 10.30 and 11... continues...
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
23rd May 2006ce

Excitement at Neolithic site find


From BBC online, Wednesday, 2 November 2005:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/4399194.stm

Archaeologists have unearthed what is thought to be one of the largest Neolithic settlements in Britain... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
2nd November 2005ce
Edited 24th May 2011ce

Volunteers needed to record rock art


Rock Art project officer Tertia Barnett said: "It is
fascinating work and we are uncovering more all the time. Help from volunteers has been invaluable so far and we are looking to recruit more... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
23rd September 2005ce

Laser Scans for Northumbrian Rock Art


Examples of rock art are to be recorded with '3D laser scanning' as part of the Northumberland and Durham rock art project. This is being funded and co-ordinated by the two county councils and English Heritage.

The project's main aim is to develop new and undamaging approaches to recording and conserving rock art... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
24th June 2005ce
Edited 24th June 2005ce

Ancient Rock Carvings go Online


From an article published on the BBC News web site on 14th January 2005:
Archaeologists have discovered more than 250 new examples of prehistoric rock carvings, it has been revealed... continues...
Kammer Posted by Kammer
14th January 2005ce
Edited 14th January 2005ce

Milfield Plain - Stan, Clive, Henges & Rock Art

http://icteesside.icnetwork.co.uk/thejournal/news/tm_objectid=14996465%26method=full%26siteid=50081-name_page.html
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
20th December 2004ce
Edited 24th May 2011ce

Modern Art - Ancient Inspiration


From an article by David Prudames, published on www.24hourmuseum.org... continues...
Kammer Posted by Kammer
22nd November 2004ce
Edited 22nd November 2004ce

Sunderland Bronze Age Settlement Uncovered


Archaeologists have described the finds of the Bronze Age community on the former Vaux Brewery site in the city centre as "significant".

The dig was carried out as part of pre-development work on the site ... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
1st September 2004ce

More Mystery Rock Carvings

http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/nwh/ART22422.html

Expert Stan Beckinsall is stumped. One suspects a local will sheepishly admit they're the culprit, like after other recent similar stories? Have a look at the photos on the link...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th June 2004ce

3,000 Year Old Gold Earing Found at Driffield


Gold earring found buried under a few inches of soil in a ploughed field in East Yorkshire could be more than 3,000 years old.

A metal detector enthusiast, part of a group from Durham, stumbled across the treasure near Driffield last year... continues...
Posted by BrigantesNation
2nd February 2004ce
Edited 2nd February 2004ce

Iron Age find at Business Park


Experts have uncovered evidence of Iron Age houses and pottery dating from around 100 BC at a major Tyneside development.

Residents at the Newcastle Great Park (NGP) development are learning about their Iron Age counterparts after the latest archaeological work on the site uncovered evidence of an ancient settlement... continues...
pebblesfromheaven Posted by pebblesfromheaven
11th January 2004ce
Edited 12th January 2004ce

More rock art mysteries


Don't know if this will turn out to be another misunderstanding (like this) but some strange carvings have been found near Wooler in Northumberland. Mr Beckinsall's on the case though:
BBC News site at http://news.bbc... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
9th October 2003ce
Edited 9th October 2003ce

Underwater Site Discovered

It is claimed that Britain's first underwater "Stoneage" site has been discovered. Go to: http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=3425828
Earthstepper Posted by Earthstepper
11th September 2003ce

Grizzly find for gardener

From the Evening Chronicle.

Iron Age skull unearthed in a back garden in North Tyneside.

Full story here
Hob Posted by Hob
6th September 2003ce
Edited 6th September 2003ce

Stan Beckinsall's Archive to go on the Internet


http://www.entertainment.scotsman.com/visual/headlines_specific... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
13th March 2003ce
Edited 13th March 2003ce

Breamish Valley

http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100local/page.cfm?objectid=12603054&method=full&siteid=50081
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
22nd February 2003ce

Stan Beckinsall's rock art archive to be made public


from icNewcastle

The huge archive built up by Stan Beckensall in decades of investigating rock art is being donated to the Museum of Antiquities at Newcastle University... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
11th December 2002ce
Edited 12th January 2003ce

Countryside Stewardship scheme protects rock art


http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100local/page... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
11th December 2002ce
Edited 12th January 2003ce

Bronze Age Forum 15-17th Nov

Bronze Age Forum
Newcastle Friday 15–17 November 2002
Museum of Antiquities
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
22nd October 2002ce
Edited 12th January 2003ce

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There are 15 henge-like structures in the Milfield basin, 9 of which are thought to be definite henge monuments. This is the greatest concentration of henges anywhere! fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
31st March 2003ce
Edited 24th May 2011ce

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Internet Archive


History of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club, volume 9 (1879-81) - has a list of "The named Stones of Northumberland; being a list of huge stones, single and in groups, in situ and detached, to which local names have been given in the County." by G. A. Lebour.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
4th November 2011ce

The Telegraph Online


"Ancient rock art baffles experts"

From the point of view of two of the D&NRAP stalwarts.
Hob Posted by Hob
19th January 2009ce
Edited 7th October 2016ce

Mr Tate's book on BRAC


'The Ancient British Sculptured Rocks of Northumberland and the Eastern Borders'

Seminal work on British Rock art by Mr George Tate, 1865.
Hob Posted by Hob
22nd November 2006ce

Video Clip of Rock Art in Northumberland


The bit of the BBC's Countryfile programme which has Stan Beckensall and Aron Mazel talking about Northumbrian RA.

Some nice shots of Ketley Crag in there.
Hob Posted by Hob
31st August 2006ce

Upper Coquetdale Community Archaeology Project


Northumbria National Park Authorities Community Archaeology website.
Includes a downloadable newsletter, News, Events and activities and volunteer oportunities.
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
2nd December 2005ce

Northumberland Rock Art, access to Beckensall archive


This website is the celebration of rock carvings made by Neolithic and Early Bronze Age people in Northumberland in the north east of England, between 6000 and 3500 years ago. Over 1000 carved panels are known and most of them are still located in the countryside.

The website is also a celebration of the work of Stan Beckensall who has spent 40 years finding and recording this ancient rock art. For many years Beckensall shared his knowledge and recordings of Northumberland rock art through public talks, conference presentations, and richly illustrated publications. Now we have the World Wide Web!

It is our hope that the information and images presented in this website will encourage greater enjoyment of this cultural resource; inspire the creation of new knowledge and insights into Northumberland and British rock art; and set the basis for the effective management and conservation of this ancient resource for future generations.
Posted by franmort
14th January 2005ce
Edited 14th January 2005ce

Ryton Stone


A description of the discovery and original setting of an unusual example of portable rock art found in Tyne and Wear.
Hob Posted by Hob
18th November 2004ce

BBC Radio Four


Listen to Aubrey Manning's 'Unearthing Mysteries' programme on the tri-radial cairns of Northumbria.

About 20 have been found (some are at Lordenshaw. The three arms of the cairns are aligned in the same way; one pointing north and the others at 140 and 240 degrees (SE and SW). That means they could be pointers to the mid-summer and midwinter sunrise and sunset. It's thought that they're Bronze Age.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
11th August 2004ce
Edited 11th August 2004ce

Keys To The Past


Searchable lists of prehistoric sites for both Durham and Northumberland. Not a lot of info, but good maps available, and ref numbers for each site, to let people send them requests for more detailed info. Includes a few potential sites that aren't on the SMR or the RSM. Nb: Durham and Northumberland only.
Hob Posted by Hob
5th March 2004ce

Gefrin


Yeavering, Ad Gefrin, Lordenshaws and the North Cheviots with original photographs and panoramas. Ths site is under development by BoC (Modern Antiquarian member) in collaboration with Paul Frodsham, archaeologist with the Northumberland National Park.
BoC Posted by BoC
10th October 2003ce
Edited 3rd May 2011ce

County Durham Sites & Monuments Register


An excellent resource. Details of monuments and archaeological finds from all historic periods in County Durham are available here.
TomBo Posted by TomBo
14th August 2003ce

Past perfect


The virtual Archaeology of Durham and Northumberland.
Nice site check out Yeavering!
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
29th March 2003ce

The Beckensall archive project


fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
22nd March 2003ce

Newcastle Uni's Milfield Geoarchaeology project


fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
22nd March 2003ce
Edited 24th May 2011ce

Durham University Archaeology Dept's Rock Art Page


fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
10th January 2003ce
Edited 12th January 2003ce

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Roughting Linn (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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31st August 2016ce

Birney Hill (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

A large cup-and-ring marked boulder was found in 2014 during building operations at Birney Hill just south of Darras Hall, an area of proposed housing development surrounding Birney Hall. It was acquired by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne in early 2015. The building company whose workers uncovered the stone, Wardell Armstrong, transported it to a site near the south door of the Great North Museum (Hancock) in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The sandstone rock, weighing nearly 3 tonnes, is decorated with distinctive cup and ring symbols. Archaeologists thought that it was unlikely that the rock was originally from that location as it is clearly a part of a much larger rock that had been recut. It is possible that it was brought to Birney Hill from another location as quarried building stone.

Tyne & Wear Museums Blog: http://blog.twmuseums.org.uk/rock-art-from-birney-hill/

Approximate find spot of relocated boulder already assigned location at Hancock Museum: http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/17573/birney_hill.html
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Birney Hill (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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Bygate Hill (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Northumberland SMR abstract for Bygate Hill (10236)

(Marginal) A double circle of stones, reported by Mr Surtees to have stood until recently (1827) on Heddon Hill, a mile south west of West Belsay. The inner circle was 60 yards in diameter, and the outer, concentric with it, and from 15 to 20 yards from it. At the centre was a standing stone 10ft high. When Mr Surtees last visited the ground the circles had apparently been levelled, 'the large stone cut into gateposts, and the smaller ones into materials for and adjoining sunk fence'. The view is very extensive especially towards the east. (1)

(Marginal) 'Some ancient earthworks and hut circles' on Heddon Hill, now called Bygate Hill. 'These we believe to be the remains referred to by Mr Hodgson, which, if he had seen them himself, he would not have called them concentric circles. As we were accompanied by George Wilkinson, who built the sunk wall to which Mr Hodgson alludes, it is probable that we were on the right spot, indeed, our guide pointed out some holes from which the stones had been taken'. The remains consisted of an enclosure, hexagonal in shape and containing about 2.5 roods. 'The circular parts, which are formed, like the principal enclosure, of earth and stones, are placed together at the north west.... One, more elevated than the rest, has more the appearance of a beacon than a hut circle, and has not escaped the Ordnance Surveyors'. (There is no beacon marked on OS 6! 1865. The trig station at NZ 06817702 is possibly meant). The older inhabitants had no knowledge of the circles described by Hodgson. (2)

Bygate Hill was possibly an early camp. (3)

NZ 06837705. An earth bank, situated on the highest part of Bygate Hill in an all-round commanding position close to the trig station, probably represents the works referred to above. The hill is covered by a dense fir plantation. The bank is visible across a fire-break and can be traced for a few metres into the plantation, but the trees are too dense for a survey to be made. (4)

No trace of the earthworks can now be recognised owing to the density of the plantation. (5)

(1) Hodgson, J.C., 1827. History of Northumberland, part 2, vol.1 (363-4
(2) MacLauchlan, H. 1864. Survey of Eastern Branch of the Watling Street (Newcastle upon Tyne), 8-9
(3) Dodds, M.H. 1926. A History of Northumberland, vol.12 (Newcastle upon Tyne), 13-14

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Bygate Hill (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Blawearie Cairn (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

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