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Ringses Camp, Beanley Moor (Hillfort)

Internet Archive


Notes Archaeological, Geological, etc. on Beanley Moor and the vicinity of Kemmer Lough. From the MSS of George Tate. In the History of the Berwickshire Naturalists Club, volume 23, 1890.

He mentions the carved stones, and also the 'detached blocks of stones which are usually covered over with lichens, and hoary with age, are here called "Grey Mares".'

Northern Ireland

Historic Environment Map Viewer


The latest incarnation of the map viewer, at the Department for Communities website.
The links are supposed to bring up information on the NISMR. But you can always search the latterhere if not.

Blowing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Simon Chadwick (You Tube)


This is a very British (i.e. a somewhat awkward, but rather endearingly so) trumpeting of the stone. The besuited Mr Chadwick is an accomplished musician in his other videos, so it must be nice for him to add Blowing Stone to his list of instruments.

I was struck by how similar the sound is to the carnyx - like those on the Gundestrup cauldron (you can hear some on this video ) - or is that just me overthinking things :)

Norton Henge

Heritage Daily


You won't see much of a henge here now. But this comprehensive article will help you imagine the early henge here (and some of the surrounding prehistoricness) if you visit.

Randwick Long Barrow

Internet Archive


G B Witts' article about the excavation of the barrow. In 'The Proceedings of the Cotteswold Naturalists' Field Club' 1881-82.

Mother Anthony's Well (Sacred Well)

Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society


Geophysical survey of the area of the well, by Jan Dando (2012?). There seems to have been late Bronze Age or early Iron Age settlement nearby.

Guernsey

Digimap Guernsey


Online mapping for Guernsey monuments. It's not brilliant - you don't seem to be able to filter by the age of the monument, which is a shame. And it won't give the grid reference. But it might help you a bit.

Mine Howe (Burial Chamber)

Channel 4


Time Team episode from the year 2000 on "The Mystery of Mine Howe", which includes an interesting little fly-through of a 3D model of the site (c24minutes in).

The Dorsey Entrenchment (Enclosure)

Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork


Whilst the trench this report was written for didn't turn up anything, Ronan McHugh gives a summary of the archaeological background of this Iron Age site on page 6.

The Five Knolls (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Myth and Geology


I've always loved the idea of the fossil sea urchins at this site.
Here's an article about the subject in general, in a whole book about Myth and Geology.
It's by Kenneth McNamara, and called 'Shepherds' Crowns, Fairy Loaves and Thunderstones: the mythology of fossil echinoids in England.'

West Kennett Avenue (Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue)

Internet Archive


Excavation by A.D. Passmore in 1922 of a stone by the main road, east of West Kennett village. In the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine.

The Rollright Stones (Stone Circle)

Prehistories


A striking comic strip of the legend.

The Sanctuary (Timber Circle)

Internet Archive


An article by Mike Pitts on 'Excavating the Sanctuary', from WANHM 94 (2001).

Uley Bury Camp (Hillfort)

ADS


Nearby West Hill (between Uley Bury and Hetty Peglar's Tump) was the site of an Iron Age shrine, and after it, a Roman temple. It's even possible that there was a Neolithic monument beneath these. You can download EH's Archaeological Monograph about the excavations of "The Uley Shrines" by Woodward and Leach (1993) from the ADS website.

England (Country)

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.

Kent

ADS


You can now download Peter Clark's EH Archaeological Monograph about the Dover Bronze Age Boat (2004) from the ADS website.

Stonehenge (Stone Circle)

ADS


You can download the EH Archaeological Monograph 'Stonehenge in its Landscape' by Montague, Cleal and Walker (1999) from the ADS website.

Hazleton Long Barrows

ADS


The EH Archaeological Monograph 'Hazleton North: the excavation of a Neolithic long cairn of the Cotswold-Severn group' by Alan Saville (1990) can now be downloaded from the ADS site.

Cadbury Castle (South Cadbury) (Hillfort)

ADS


You can download Barrett,Freeman and Woodward's (2000) EH monograph about the hillfort from the ADS website, which goes into great detail about the excavations. I particularly like the finds of beads and ammonites, and armlets of Kimmeridge Shale.

Brean Down (Round Barrow(s))

ADS


You can download the EH monograph 'Brean Down: Excavations 1983-1987' by Martin Bell from the ADS website. He calls the site "the best preserved Bronze Age settlement sequence in Southern Britain", with five prehistoric occupation phases amidst 5m of blown sand and eroded soil.
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This hill, it has a meaning that is very important for me, but it's not rational. It's beautiful, but when you look, there's nothing there. But I'd be a fool if I didn't listen to it.

-- Alan Garner.


...I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn...

-- William Wordsworth.


I'm currently mad on visiting Anglo-Saxon and Norman carvings and enjoy the process of drawing them:
http://wiltshirewandering.blogspot.co.uk/

and I've been helping digitise the Schools' Collection of the National Folklore Collection of Ireland... you can also at
http://www.duchas.ie/en

Some interesting websites with landscape and fairy folklore:
http://earthworks-m.blogspot.co.uk
http://faeryfolklorist.blogspot.co.uk

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