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Avebury & the Marlborough Downs (Region)

The Heritage Journal

My Life in Stone(s) by Chris Brooks

Chris outlines his life in stone(s) writing that, "Eventually we had our first field trip and were taken to Lanhill and Lugbury Longbarrows. These two places are just a few miles from my doorstep and I never knew they existed. I was particularly interested in Lanhill with its stone walled entrance and little chamber. This was my first barrow experience and until this day I feel quite protective about it. Our next field trip was to the Avebury Complex including Windmill Hill, Silbury and West Kennet which just blew me away. The lectures and the field trip had such a big impact on me and gave me a love of the Neolithic people and their awesome structures which has remained with me ever since."

Tirnoney (Portal Tomb)

The Heritage Journal

"Time and the lack of written record, have tied a tight blindfold between us and prehistory, but occasionally we get the chance of a small nudge in the right direction. Following the recent collapse of its capstone, Tirnony portal tomb, in County Derry, is to be excavated in advance of restoration."

Stonehenge (Stone Circle)

The Heritage Journal

Chancellor says financial burden of protecting Stonehenge 'impossible' to take on...

111 years ago the Chancellor of the Exchequer said the price was "absolutely impossible for any purchaser to consider" (familiar or what?!) and thus it fell to Sir Edmund to save or spoil the monument. Whether he was a good guy or the reverse depends on your point of view.

Avebury (Stone Circle)

The Heritage Journal

Avebury: A Journey to the Past by Gordon Kingston.

Part 1 of Gordon's personal, and very sensitive account, of his homecoming journey to Avebury appears on the Heritage Journal today. Part 2 will appear on Tuesday, 28 September and Part 3 on Thursday, 30 September.

Marden Henge (and Hatfield Barrow)

Wiltshire Heritage Museum

"Included in the 3,500 records of items in the collections of Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes recently uploaded to the website, are records for the artefacts found at the 1969 excavation of Marden Henge, currently being excavated by English Heritage.

"The prehistoric site at Marden is 8 miles south east of Devizes and halfway between Avebury and Stonehenge. It is the largest henge monument in Britain, enclosing an area of around 14 hectares with its enormous bank and ditch. English Heritage's current excavations at Marden have resulted in more new and important discoveries being made, including the floor of a prehistoric rectangular building, estimated to be some 4,500 years old!"

Silbury Hill (Artificial Mound)

Silbury Blog

Three films on Silbury, including the BBC 2 Chronicle Series, Silbury Dig: The Heart of the Mound. First Broadcast on 27 July 1968.

Moel y Gaer (Hillfort)

Heritage Action

Off road bikers wrecking North Wales beauty and heritage spots:

"A campaign has been launched to crack down on illegal off-road bikers who are wrecking North Wales heritage sites.

"Moel y Gaer hillfort is just one of a number of historic locations across North Wales under siege from bikers and 4x4s carving up the countryside."

Avebury (Stone Circle)

Heritage Journal

Avebury and the Obelisk

Bremore (Passage Grave)

The Heritage Journal

Bremore, Slane, Tara: How can we know the Dancer from the Dance?


The Heritage Journal

To Wedge Tombs and the Wild (and William O'Brien)

"The latest issue of Archaeology Ireland has reported the first dating evidence, ever, from a Burren area wedge tomb."

Stonehenge (Stone Circle)

The Heritage Journal

Stargazing from inside Stonehenge: a unique winter solstice opportunity. But are you too late?

Hill of Tara

The Heritage Journal

Tara: The Damage Forever Done

Emain Macha (Henge)

The Heritage Journal

Bush Barrow (Round Barrow(s))

Insignia of Dignity

"Video about the finds from Bush Barrow, presented by Phil Harding of Wessex Achaeology, perhaps best known for his appearances on Time Team."
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Studied art and design at Swindon School of Art, Wiltshire, England and afterwards Japanese painting and calligraphy at Kyoto University of Fine Arts, Kyoto, Japan.

In 1966 I was a lay monk at the Zen Buddhist temple of Ryozen-an in Kyoto and practiced under the guidance of its Director, Ruth Fuller-Sasaki and senior monk Dana R Fraser (co-translator of Layman P'ang: A Ninth Century Zen Classic).

Also present at Ryozen-an was the author and poet Gary Snyder. Gary Snyder was one of the first Westerners in Japan to study Zen Buddhism and was the inspiration for Jack Kerouac's book, The Dharma Bums.

I was assistant conservator (paintings) at Kyoto National Museum from 1969-1980 and Chief Conservator (Eastern Pictorial Art) at the British Museum from 1980-1986. Japan Foundation Fellow 1973-1974 and Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works since 1985.

Interests include ancient history, classical music, comparative religion, the fine arts, poetry and writing.

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