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Somerset

Sites in this group:

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Ashbridge Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Ashen Hill Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Avalon Marshes Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Barrow Hill Hillfort
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Barrow Hill (Buckland Dinham) Long Barrow
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Bats Castle Hillfort
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Battlegore Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Beacon Batch Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Beacon Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Beechbarrow Round Barrow(s)
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Berry Castle Enclosure
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Big Tree Long Barrow Long Barrow
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Blacker's Hill Hillfort
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Black Down (Priddy) Round Barrow(s)
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Bleary Pate Round Barrow(s)
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Bracelet Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Brean Down Round Barrow(s)
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Brent Knoll Hillfort
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Bristol Plain Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Burrington (Black Down) Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Burrow Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Cadbury Castle (South Cadbury) Hillfort
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Cannington Camp Hillfort
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Castle Neroche Hillfort
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Charterhouse Warren Farm Swallet Cave / Rock Shelter
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Cheddar Gorge and Gough's Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Chewton Mendip barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Cothelstone Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Creech Hill Hillfort
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Curdon Wood Camp Enclosure
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Daw’s Castle Cliff Fort
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The Devil's Bed and Bolster Long Barrow
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The Devil's Stone Standing Stones
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Devil's Stone (Luckwell Bridge) Natural Rock Feature
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Devil's Stone (Staple Fitzpaine) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Dowsborough Hillfort
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Drove Cottage Henge Henge
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Dundon Beacon Round Barrow(s)
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Dundon Hill Hillfort
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Eastwater Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Ebbor Gorge Cave / Rock Shelter
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Elworthy Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Elworthy Barrows Hillfort
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70 sites
Exmoor (Somerset) Region
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Fairy Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Forge Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Fromefield Long Barrow
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Gallax Hill Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Giant's Grave (Holcombe) Long Barrow
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Glastonbury Lake Village Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Glastonbury Tor Sacred Hill
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Gorsey Bigbury Henge
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Hamdon Hill Hillfort
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Harptree Barrows Round Barrow(s)
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Hazle Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Hole Ground Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Home Farm Cottage Round Barrow(s)
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Huish Champflower Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Hurdle Stone Natural Rock Feature
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Kenwalch's Castle Hillfort
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Kingsdown Camp Enclosure
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King's Castle Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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King Down Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Leather Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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The Long Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Lydeard Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Maesbury Castle Hillfort
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Meare Lake Villages Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Miner's Arms Inn Round Barrow(s)
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Moor View Round Barrow(s)
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Murtry Hill Long Barrow
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Naked Boy Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Norton Camp (Somerset) Hillfort
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Pen Hill Long Barrow
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Pool Farm Cist Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
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Priddy 51 Long Barrow
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Priddy Circles Henge
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Priddy Hill Long Barrow
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Priddy Long Barrow Long Barrow
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Priddy Nine Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Ralegh’s Cross Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Read's Cavern Cave / Rock Shelter
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Redhill Farm and Blackwell Tyning Round Barrow(s)
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Rhino Rift Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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River Frome Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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River Yeo Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Robin Hood's Butts (North) Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Robin Hood's Butts (South) Round Barrow(s)
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Roddenbury Hill Hillfort
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Rowbarrow Round Barrow(s)
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Rowberrow Cavern Cave / Rock Shelter
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Rowberrow Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Rowberrow Warren Cairn(s)
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Ruborough Camp Hillfort
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Selworthy Beacon Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Shave Farm Standing Stone / Menhir
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Small Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Southfield Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Stow Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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St Lawrence Church Round Barrow(s)
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Swayne's Jumps Standing Stones
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The Sweet Track Ancient Trackway
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Tedbury Camp Hillfort
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Three Tuns Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Tom Tivey's Hole Cave / Rock Shelter
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Totty Pot Cave / Rock Shelter
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Trendle Ring Hillfort
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Triple H Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Tripp Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Triscombe Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tyning's Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Wadbury Camp Hillfort
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Weacombe Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Wearyall Hill Sacred Hill
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Wellington Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Wells Museum Holed Stone
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Whitestown Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Whitnell Corner Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Whitstone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Wick Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Wills Neck Round Barrow(s)
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The Wimblestone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Wimble Toot Round Barrow(s)
Windmill Hill (Glastonbury) Artificial Mound
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Wiveliscombe Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Wookey Hole Cave / Rock Shelter
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Yonder Cross Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Ashbrittle Yew Round Barrow(s)
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Athelney Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Chalice Well Sacred Well
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Deerleap Stones Standing Stones
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Faulkland Standing Stones
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Ponter's Ball Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork

News

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Mendip Hills team gets conservation cash boost


The team that looks after the landscape of the Mendip Hills has been given more than £200,000 to help with its conservation.

The Heritage Lottery Fund money will be spent on teaching people about the history and archaeology of the Black Down and Burrington Commons... continues...
moss Posted by moss
18th January 2013ce
Edited 3rd April 2016ce

Oldest open-air cemetery in the UK found


Somerset was the site of the UK's oldest open-air cemetery, the county council says.

Recent radiocarbon dating of two skulls found at a sand quarry in Greylake nature reserve near Middlezoy in 1928 revealed them to be 10,000 years old... continues...
goffik Posted by goffik
26th July 2011ce

New visitor centre for Avalon Marshes


Bit of a belated post, from This Is Somerset website:

The Iron Age inhabitants of Somerset's Avalon Marshes might have thought prehistoric architects were at work if they could see designs for the striking thatched visitor centre proposed for their old homeland.

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thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th March 2011ce
Edited 6th March 2011ce

Heritage Police to guard ancient sites

Posted on Facebook by http://www.digitaldigging.co.uk/index.html

Heritage police to guard historic icons in Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire - will also guard against illegal metal detecting.

http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/news/Heritage-police-guard-icons/article-3212734-detail/article.html
tjj Posted by tjj
12th February 2011ce

Combing the Mendips for historic treasures


From The Weston & Somerset Mercury:

A TEAM of archaeologists will begin a four year hunt for hidden treasures on the Mendip Hills soon.

A dozen English Heritage specialists will use the latest aerial scanning technology as well as field surveys and other traditional archaeological techniques to look for new finds... continues...
baza Posted by baza
21st July 2006ce

Bronze Age hoard from Silk Mills Bridge


Archaeologists are currently studying the hoard found at Silk Mills Bridge near Taunton in the summer, before the items go on public display.

"Steven Membery, archaeologist for Somerset County Council, said of the site: "It appears to be an island in a large river. It was used seasonally probably for hunting ducks and fish... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
3rd January 2006ce
Edited 3rd January 2006ce

Wetland sites being lost through drainage


A study has highlighted how rural development and drainage for agriculture in the Somerset levels has badly damaged nationally important archaeological sites.

When ground water levels drop in the summer, the waterlogged remains dry out: current farming methods don't leave enough water inthe peat to protect them... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
10th October 2005ce
Edited 10th October 2005ce

6.500yr old causeway and fish weir found nr Bridgewater, Somerset.

Workers digging a new rubbish tip at Walpole nr Bridgewater have found the remains of an ancient causeway and fish weir. Archaeologist Richard Brunning has provisionally dated them to 4.500 BCE.

More here...
jimit Posted by jimit
13th July 2005ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

Iron Age shoe unearthed at quarry


A shoe believed to be 2,000 years old has been dug up at a Somerset quarry.

The Iron Age relic was found in a hollowed tree trunk set into the ground at Whiteball Quarry, near Wellington... continues...
goffik Posted by goffik
10th May 2005ce

Cave Network Found Under Car Park


From - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/3550105.stm

A group of potholers stopped from exploring because of the foot-and-mouth epidemic, found a network of caves under the car park of their local pub... continues...
pure joy Posted by pure joy
20th March 2004ce
Edited 25th March 2004ce

Prehistoric Axe Found in a Garden in Somerset


A 5,000-year-old flint axe head has been found in a garden in Somerset (England). Andrew Witts made the rare prehistoric discovery while landscaping his garden at Creech St Michael near Taunton. Mr Witts said: "I knew I had found something unusual when I noticed the object had a polished surface, but I never thought it would be that... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
15th March 2004ce
Edited 15th March 2004ce

Homes Refused on Prehistoric Site


The site of archaeological remains which are thought to date back thousands of years has been saved from development. An area occupied by a Scheduled Ancient Monument was at risk of being turned into a small housing estate on the edge of Highbridge and West Huntspill in Somerset... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
17th December 2003ce
Edited 17th December 2003ce

Links

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The Lost Stone Circles of North Somerset


moss Posted by moss
17th December 2014ce

UBSS - The Long Barrows and Long Mounds of West Mendip


Lewis,J., 2009. The long barrows and long mounds of West Mendip. UBSS Proceedings, 24(3) , pp 187-206

Abstract: This article considers the evidence for Early Neolithic long barrow construction on the West Mendip plateau, Somerset. It highlights the difficulties in assigning long mounds a classification on surface evidence alone and discusses a range of earthworks which have been confused with long barrows. Eight possible long barrows are identified and their individual and group characteristics are explored and compared with national trends. Gaps in the local distribution of these monuments are assessed and it is suggested that areas of absence might have been occupied by woodland during the Neolithic. The relationship between long barrows and later round barrows is also considered.
juamei Posted by juamei
21st January 2014ce

Charterhouse Environs Research Team


Introduction to the 'Chert' index to the drawings and sketches of the Rev. John Skinner

A great antiquarian!
moss Posted by moss
18th December 2012ce
Edited 19th December 2012ce

YouTube


Short video from the Museum of Somerset showing some of the gold objects found in the county. Steve Minnitt presents a torc found near Yeovil, an amazingly intricate and fine ring-shaped Thing, and the 17 gold objects untangled from the hoard buried at Priddy.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th March 2011ce

The Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society (BACAS).


Website includes history of the society, along with excursions, lectures, open days and events
Chance Posted by Chance
10th July 2010ce
Edited 10th July 2010ce

Wells & Mendip Museum website


Site includes finds, details and future events of the Wells Natural History and Archaeological Society.
Chance Posted by Chance
10th July 2010ce
Edited 3rd April 2016ce

Somerset Historic Environment Record


An excellent resourse for finding details of sites in Somerset.
jimit Posted by jimit
14th November 2003ce

Latest posts for Somerset

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Brean Down (Round Barrow(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Brean Down</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
11th September 2016ce

Cadbury Castle (South Cadbury) (Hillfort) — Folklore

Underneath a natural bower, on the bank of the lowest rampart but one, is a small arch of stone, covering a well of clearest water, fed by a spring that never in the fiercest drought runs dry. The overflowing stream makes a small pond below, but the well itself is almost out of sight under overhanging bushes, in the shadow of the north side of the hill.

This is King Arthur's Well. A miraculous fountain, into the depths of which you may still peer and see things strange and wonderful. In a basin, some two feet deep, the sheltered water, never moved by wind, lies still and pure as a transparent magic crystal.

[...] The well is also a wishing well. It was a picnic day when I was there - and to see the country maids trip down the foot-worn path between the trees, big and little, plump and lean, all in white frocks, and treading upon each other's heels, was better than a day-dream, ever so much. And they did drink. If they only wished as hard as they drank, there was a determination about it which, with a little patience and good-temper, and no fortune but a pretty face, was bound to bring success.

There is a ceremony with this sort of thing. Each spread her "hankercher" upon the broad, flat stone beside the well, turned up her white skirt, knelt, both nees, upon a petticoat as white, leant over the water and dropped an offering in, dipped with her hand and drank out of her hollow palm. She rose and gazed into the future with what, in the best fiction, is called a wistful, far-off look, until the next girl promptly elbowed her aside and said,
"Let I."

It was a Sunday School and Bible Class that I saw intoxicate itself with the secret desire of its own heart. The "titcher" stood on one side. A spinster, tall, thin, sharp-featured, and born, upon a moderate computation, not later than the early sixties. Through a pair of glasses, she watched this pagan rite, smiling with an air of superior toleration upon such follies, because it was a holiday. The bigger girls implored her to drink, too. "Now do ee, Miss ---," they all said. (In view of what came after, the name shall never be revealed by me.) "Do ee, then." But persuasion could not move her. She was a total abstainer, and would not touch a drop; and, presently, the girls all went off up the glade, she marching in the rear.

Soon an unaccountable thing happened. That woman came back, quickly, glancing behind and upon each side, to make sure no one saw. She dared not lift her skirt. She had not time to kneel. But she took a tumbler out of her pocket; plunged it in the spring; leaned forward as she held it dripping to her lips, and swallowed half-a-pint. Ah! She did not merely wish to quench her thirst. That is incredible, since there was tea upon the hill.
By Walter Raymond, in 'The Idler Out of Doors: Camelot' - The Idler, November 1898.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
28th May 2016ce

The Wimblestone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>The Wimblestone</b>Posted by Jenny King Posted by Jenny King
16th May 2016ce

Devil's Stone (Staple Fitzpaine) (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Miscellaneous

Details of stone on Pastscape

A standing stone known as "The Devil's Stone" was alleged to be of prehistoric origin. Field investigation found the massive quartz block measuring 2.1m long, 1.2m wide and 1.65m high and due to its proximity to a quarry thought it more likely to be of medieval date or later.
The Somerset SMR (No: 33497) records a standing stone of uncertain date from field name evidence (`Hour Stone' on Tithe Map) and local tradition. (1)
At SS 91427 38665 in an improved pasture field immediately adjacent to a massive limestone quarry (SS 93 NW 57) is a massive quartz block. The stone measures 2.1 m long, 1.2 m wide and is 1.65 m high. The farmer states that the local name for the stone is `The Devil's Stone' and that tradition links it to the Devil hurling material from Dunkery Beacon.
The stone appears unlikely to be prehistoric in origin. Its close proximity to the limestone quarry suggests rather a medieval, or more likely early post-medieval origin.
(Incorrectly plotted on NMR 1:10,000 record sheet) (2)
Chance Posted by Chance
9th May 2016ce

Cow Castle (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

<b>Cow Castle</b>Posted by GLADMAN GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
28th April 2016ce

Small Down (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

<b>Small Down</b>Posted by GLADMAN<b>Small Down</b>Posted by GLADMAN GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
28th April 2016ce

Glastonbury Lake Village (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

Not a visit to where the Lake Village was but a visit to the museum in Glastonbury where some of the finds from the excavations are held.

The museum is upstairs in the Tribunal House in the centre of Glastonbury. This is an English Heritage sites which doubles up as a tourist information office.

There are several information boards with may finds in glass cases including pottery, metalwork, weaving worles, items made from bone etc. However, the prize item is found in a separate building in the back garden. This is where the oak log boat is found. It is well preserved and certainly something you don't see very often. It is worth the admission price to see the boat alone.

Well worth a visit when in the wonderfully eccentric Glastonbury! :)
Posted by CARL
24th April 2016ce

Moor View (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.4.16

Directions:
A short distance north of The Deerleap Standing Stones – either side of the minor road.
Park in the large (free) car park on the brow of the hill. Short walk from there.


I found the barrow on the North West side of the road (A). It is adjacent to a stone field wall amongst an area of rough, overgrown ‘waste ground. There is a ‘path’ running adjacent to the wall and it makes a tell-tale small ‘up and over’ what I assume to be the barrow? Otherwise I doubt I would have spotted the barrow.

Unfortunately I could find no trace of the second barrow on the South East side of the road (B). The field it is in was full of sheep and is quite uneven. There was nothing I could see which was an obvious barrow. I did see an area of rough stones which I assumed was natural. Perhaps this was the barrow?


E.H. state:
Barrow (A) – The barrow mound is 9m in diameter and 1.5m in height. The northern third of the barrow has been reduced by ploughing and is 0.5m high. A drystone wall crosses the barrow mound.

Barrow (B) – A Barrow mound 18m in diameter and 2m high. A large central depression may be the result of a partial excavation or stone quarrying.
Posted by CARL
24th April 2016ce

Deerleap Stones (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.4.16

Directions:
As Ravenfeather states the best place to park is in the car park for Ebbor Gorge (free). Walk up the hill and you will come to a double wooden stile on your left. The stones are visible from the stiles on your right. Easy access – as long as you are able to manage a stile! The stones are shown on the Natural England map I picked up for Ebbor Gorge.


We were heading home after spending the day in Glastonbury (birthday treat for Karen) and I was keen to pay these stones a visit. The sun was still high in the sky and white fluffy clouds skimmed across a dark blue sky. However, the cold wind reminded you we were still in spring. Myself, Dafydd and Sophie walked across the field to the stones and the first thing that strikes you is the wonderful view across the Somerset Levels over towards Glastonbury. I pointed out the Tor to the children in the distance which they seemed impressed by – although Sophie wasn’t impressed enough to climb the Tor earlier in the day. I believe the words she used were ‘There is no way I am walking up there………!’.

The first stone you come to is the smaller of the two. This stone is approximately 1 metre high. The second stone is perhaps 1.3 metres high. A half-decomposed bunch of tulips had been left at the base of the stone. The children sat on top of the stones and we all admired the view.

If you are visiting Ebbor Gorge it is well worth the short walk to seek out these stones. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit the Gorge but I will definitely return to put that right. This is a very pretty place and deserves a prolonged visit.
Posted by CARL
24th April 2016ce
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