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Heritage! The Battle For Britain's Past - BBC 4


Interesting 3 part series on Bbc4 started last night.

Features the move to protect prehistoric sites by Lubbock and Pitt-Rivers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/bigscreen/tv/episode/p014fycm/

Secrets Of The Stonehenge Skeletons 8pm Sunday 10th March


New 90 minute documentary on channel 4 next Sunday night.

Stonehenge is Britain's greatest prehistoric monument and, for many centuries, has also provided perhaps our greatest prehistoric mystery.

One man believes he has found the vital clues to solve this puzzle, and this programme follows him through a series of discoveries that rewrite the story of Stonehenge.

Buried beneath the stones are ancient bodies, and a research team led by world-renowned archaeologist Professor Mike Parker Pearson has been granted special permission to analyse them for the first time.

The results of that investigation overturn the accepted view on when Stonehenge was built and what it was built for, providing compelling evidence that it once united the people of Britain.

The programme proves that the monument we know today was not the original Stonehenge and answers the mystery of its sudden decline.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/secrets-of-the-stonehenge-skeletons

Long Low (Bank Barrow) — Fieldnotes

Had been wanting to get here for a while and finally did on the end of May bank holiday. Access is ok although the road leading up to it is very narrow and had to reverse down the hill when I met another car.

There is space to park and turn at the top although the 'monument' is on private land. It is a weird one, unique in the Peak District and I've read that the only comparable site is something like Long Bredy bank barrow. It has been dug into a fair bit and the mound was divided up into stalls radiating off a central stone spine. Lots of skeletons were found dating to the neolithic.

It's a funny one to make sense of, 2 bronze age barrows are surplanted onto each end although they're pretty battered. Good site with amazing views across the area and lots of other barrowed hill tops.

Long Low (Bank Barrow) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Doll Tor (Stone Circle) — Images

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Silbury Hill (Artificial Mound) — Images

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Callanish (Standing Stones) — Images

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Ceann Hulavig (Stone Circle) — Images

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Maeshowe (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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Castlerigg (Stone Circle) — Images

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The Five Knolls (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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Stonehenge and its Environs — News

Time Team Special - The Secrets Of Stonehenge Monday 1st June at 9pm


Most people will probably have seen the advert but I thought I'd post this as I'd be gutted if I hadn't heard and missed it.

It's on this Monday night on channel 4 and incorporates all the findings and new theories from the last 6 years of digs by the Stonehenge Riverside Project run by Mike Parker Pearson, Julian Thomas and Colin Richards.

http://www.timeteam.k1z.com/

Stonehenge and its Environs — Miscellaneous

Ridley Scott To Direct Stonehenge Film

Before everyone gets very excited indeed. This is a supernatural thriller set in the modern day about ancient sites being destroyed of which stonehenge is the key.

It should still be good with hopefully some juicy flashbacks to rituals of the neolithic and bronze age.

Begs the question though, why has no one made a really well done film about the neolithic/bronze age. Think gladiator/apocolypto style

dayhttp://newsinfilm.com/?p=756

http://www.totalfilm.com/news/ridley-scott-to-direct-a-supernatural-blockbuster
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