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English Heritage jobs at risk

As if anyone will be surprised to learn that the decision to split EH in two and stop government funding of the larger part without proper impact assessment would probably lead to job losses.

http://thepipeline.info/blog/2017/12/24/backgrounder-is-turkey-of-a-launch-plan-putting-english-heritage-jobs-at-risk/
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
2nd January 2018ce

Uffington White Duck

Those zany National Truss People really had me going then.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/news/second-chalk-figure-discovered-near-uffington-white-horse?campid=Social_Central_Twitter_Conservation_Duck-010417
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
1st April 2017ce

Environment Agency LiDAR - open data

"From September 2015 all our LIDAR data will become Open Data and everyone will be able to use it for free."

Although primarily used for flood risk assessment, there will be lots of archaeology to see.

https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2015/06/16/free-mapping-data-will-elevate-flood-risk-knowledge/
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16th July 2015ce

English Heritage to become charity by 2015

English Heritage has been given £80m in the government's Spending Review as part of plans for the organisation to become a charity. Some of the £80m awarded by the government will help to set up the charity so it will be fully operational by March 2015.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23064356
Chance Posted by Chance
28th June 2013ce

English Heritage and British Museum commission study into illegal metal detecting

English Heritage and the British Museum are so alarmed they have commissioned a £100,000 study into the practice. It could lead to new legislation to combat offenders.

Spotted at:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/07/08/nmetal108.xml
Posted by Robert Carr
10th July 2007ce
Edited 10th July 2007ce

New EH Chair


Lord Bruce-Lockhart to be new English Heritage Chairman

DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT News Release (582007) issued by The Government News Network on 24 May 2007

Lord Bruce-Lockhart has been appointed Chair of English Heritage, the Government's statutory advisor on the historic environment, Culture Secretary Tessa... continues...
tiompan Posted by tiompan
24th May 2007ce
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Some information that may be of use to TMA-ers looking at OS maps of England and Wales, from "Field Archaeology - Some Notes For Beginners Issued by the Ordnance Survey" (1963 - Fourth edition), chapter entitled "Tumuli":

"Today the term tumulus is reserved for those earthen mounds either known or presumed to be covering burials. Formerly a class of larger mounds, now known to belong to early medieval castles also received this name in error ..., but now are given their correct technical description or are described as 'Mound' in the appropriate type. All piles of stones are called cairns whether their funerary character is known or not, but the use of an 'antiquity' type will mean that the Survey believes it to be sepulchral. In some very lofty situations it will be obvious that they are not graves. Where a mound has a local name which clearly indicates the belief that it is a burial place the descriptive name tumulus is not added."
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
20th January 2009ce
Edited 20th January 2009ce

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ADS


You can download EH's Archaeological Monograph on 'The Neolithic Flint Mines of England' (1999) by Topping, Barger and Field, from the ADS website.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th December 2014ce

Ancient Craft


Ancient craft is dedicated to the archaeology of primitive crafts and technologies that encompass the three prehistoric ages: STONE; BRONZE and IRON. This includes working with materials such as stone (also known as "flintknapping"), wood, bone, horn, leather, metals and cloth (plant fibres, and wools).

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Chance Posted by Chance
8th April 2014ce

Portable Antiquities Scheme Database


"The Scheme's database holds records of artefacts and coins found by the public, whilst pursuing a wide range of activities (the majority from metal detecting). We do not record details of objects found by archaeologists, and these data can be found within the local Historic Environment Office."

"The half a million objects recorded mark was reached on March 21st 2010."
Chance Posted by Chance
25th July 2012ce
Edited 25th July 2012ce

Early British Trackways, Moats, Mounds, Camps, and Sites


A Lecture given to the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club, at Hereford, September, 1921, by Alfred Watkins

Download complete book in pdf format
Chance Posted by Chance
10th July 2010ce

Grave-mounds and their contents


Grave-mounds and their contents
a manual of archaeology, as exemplified in the burials of the Celtic, the Romano-British, and the Anglo-Saxon periods

by Llewellynn Frederick William Jewitt
Published in 1870, Groombridge (London)

Download the complete book in pdf format
Chance Posted by Chance
25th March 2010ce

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Calverley Woods (Natural Rock Feature) — Folklore

Calverley Woods at one time had a wishing well, of the ebbing and flowing type, and more than a local reputation for the quality of its water.

Also in the woods was a rocking stone. This was a huge block of stone which at the slightest touch rocked.

On wild, dark nights it was said that a headless horse rider could be seen. The rider was supposed to be Sir Walter de Calverley, who murdered his two sons, Walter and William, but the locals added: "It had to be very dark," or you could not see him, he rode so fast.
Shipley Times and Express, 26th May, 1943.

I'm thinking the rocking stone could be the same thing as the Hanging Stone? There's a picture of this at the Leodis photographic archive. It certainly looks precarious.

All in all it sounds a strange spot, and not entirely encroached upon by the quarrying and industry that was once there, an exploding fireworks factory and the gardens of big houses that are very close by.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th October 2018ce

Calverley Woods (Natural Rock Feature) — Links

The Northern Antiquarian


Details of the cup-marked rocks lurking in these woods.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th October 2018ce

Sharpitor Nutcrackers (Rocking Stone) — Folklore

"Have you any pixies in this neighbourhood?"
A rustic, who hesitated at first, shook his head, and said he "didn' think any ov 'em was left now," induced a woman standing by to say, "Ees there was;" and she pointed to a high ground covered with granite boulders (the scene was at Lustleigh), and said "You may go and zee the pixy holes for yourself up there. They comes there be night, and people goes to zee 'em; but they don't come out by day."
"Did you ever go? did you ever see them?"
She did not like to go there by night, but she had herself seen the "pixy holes," and she "knaw'd that volks did go there, and did zee 'em in the moonlight."
One of the company asked what they could find to eat in that wild place? and the answer was, "Perhaps 'twas mushrooms."
"Oh," said one of the listeners, "then they did not get any thing to eat for more than six weeks of the whole year," when a rustic wit responded, "Perhaps they larn'd how to pickle 'em."
Rustics and their quaint spelling. From "Devonian folk-lore illustrated", by John Bowring. In Reports and Transactions of the Devonshire Association vol. 2, 1867-68.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th October 2018ce

Sharpitor Nutcrackers (Rocking Stone) — Links

Legendary Dartmoor


The familiar annoying tale of a perfectly good logan stone being messed with. The Coast Artillery School turned up to put things right and somehow allowed it to topple down the hill. But there's some confusion - perhaps that was an adjacent stone and the Nutcrackers still survives?
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th October 2018ce

Conquer Downs (Cairn(s)) — Miscellaneous

The fine kerbed cairn at SW 4751 3616 was sold by the bassist of Van Der Graf Generator in 2003. From the Cornwall & Scilly HER:

The OS describe this barrow as a flat topped mound average height 1.1m composed of small stones held in position by a retaining wall of large slabs set on edge. The retaining wall is fully exposed on the north side but only the tops of the stones are visible on the south part. In three places, stones of an inner ring are visible. The 'piggery' referred to by Henderson is a rectangular hollow in the south east quadrant with two stones forming an entrance. Although these stones bear drill marks their position indicates that they might have formed part of the inner ring.
The barrow was put on the market in the summer of 2003; the owner established a web-site for the sale, which included moody photographs, information gleaned from the SMR and quotes from Steve Hartgroves. There was much media interest in the sale, which was reported initially in the property columns of a Sunday newspaper, and subsequently in several other papers. Despite much interest, the barrow did not sell; it was then put up for auction but failed to reach the reserve. The barrow was eventually sold privately. The new owner hopes to fund an excavation of the site.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
14th October 2018ce

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

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14th October 2018ce

Tolvan Holed Stone — Images

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