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South Ronaldsay — News

Archaeologists uncover clues to life of Iron Age man


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-38207134

Hill Of Tillybath (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Hill of Tillybath is a wonderful site in an area that is often overlooked. That is about to change.

I approached from the east taking the second minor road north, west of Strachan. Stop at the forest walks car park on this road. Follow the path north east until a sharp corner. A few yards further on there is a large boulder near the track. From there head north west and you'll walk straight into the cairn. A large boulder, possibly a kerb, marks the eastern edge of the site.

The cairn is oval shaped being 8 metres in length and at its widest 6 metres. Some kerbs remain in place. A possible cist can be seen in the site. The capstone that covered it now leans against a tree. Near this tree cairn material can be found. At its highest the cairn is 0.6 metres.

Lovely site and a good vibe! After a good look round it was onwards to the Hill Of Goauch and the fantastic views south.

Visited 1/12/2016.

Upper Balfour 4 (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Thankfully the de-vegetation have made this cairn easier to find.....a little bit. Once again it has been covered in cut down branches, whin, furze etc.

There are kerbs surrounding the wee cairn and they can be felt under the turf. Also there might be a cist going by the shape of the hollow in the middle. A slab, mentioned by Canmore, is visible but only just and backs up the cist theory. It is also covered in vegetation. It is almost four metres wide and 0.5 metres tall at its highest.

Like nearby Knappach, a good tidy up could make this a fantastic area.

Visited 24/11/2016.

Gallow Cairn, Torphins (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Parknook (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Take the B9077, Leggart Terrace/South Deeside Road, west leaving Aberdeen and take the first minor road heading south. Follow this road, past the Tollohill car park, until the first minor road leading north west. At the first corner there is enough room for a car to park. This is the west entrance to the Parknook/Tollohill Wood walks.

Follow the path uphill and on the first ridge head north. This will lead to the severely mutilated and all but gone Parknook Cairn. A near neighbour was removed altogether.

What is left is the outer rim of a once 17 metres wide cairn. At its widest this rim is two metres wide and stands at almost 0.5 metres tall. Possible kerbs also survive to the south and east. Still it has very beautiful surroundings and now remains undisturbed.

Almost gone, it is an echo from a long time ago.

Visited 1/12/2016.

Hill Of Tillybath (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Parknook (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Upper Balfour 3 (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

From the Kirkton Wood cairn I headed a wee bit further south, jumped the fence, found a gate, climbed over and headed east into a forest of whins, furze and various jabby things. Still I found a route through the frozen wastes and underfoot conditions from hell. They may have been cut and burnt a lot of vegetation but the remnants are just are as bad and treacherous.

This would be a nice cairn if there wasn't so much vegetation piled on top of it. A broken tree adds the scene and helpfully marks out the site and width of the cairn. Kerbs are visible on the eastern side of the cairn which sits at over 9 metres wide and is 0.6 metres tall. The centre has houked which might explain the small pile of stones nearby.

The views from here are stunning, Morven to the west and Bennachie to the north.

Visited 24/11/2016.

Kirkton Wood (Kerbed Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Leave the B9077 at Kirkton Of Durris heading south and park at the village halls. Follow the minor road until it ends and head up the hill following the path until it also ends. Just before it ends look immediately west and the cairn can be found. Also helpful is the sign saying the site is a scheduled monument.

This , I think, would also be a good site for some gentle restoration. Canmore says there are four kerbs in the southern flank, I agree and would add another two. Sadly the path clips the site on the eastern side and as usual some houking has also been done. Despite this the cairn is still sits at 11 meters wide and is 0.6 metres high.

This is a well situated cairn which many years ago would have wonderful views, especially north. Today it still has wonderful views, the trees in their Autumn colours.

Visited 24/11/2016.

Brimmond Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

This is a beautiful walk with stunning views at the top. All the way west to Morven, north towards Knock Hill, east to the North Sea (Don and Dee mouths) and south to Cairn Mon Earn with everything inbetween. A truly fantastic setting.

Take the second minor road north east of Westhill leaving the A944, go past all the ring road stuff and pull into the Brimmond Country Park car park. A distance of about 1.5 miles. Both paths from the car park take a circular route up to the top. Take care on the southern path as it goes awol and then comes back. On the whole the paths are in good condition.

On top are a few masts, a war memorial and a cairn (2 cairns!!!). The Watchmountbrae cottage has vanished.

The ancient cairn has had a more modern cairn piled on top it! However the original site still is over 6 meters in width and is well over 0.6 metres. Grass covered stones prove it still exists as well as several kerbs poking their heads out of the turf.

Lovely site, worth it for the views alone.

Visited 17/11/2016.

Wemyss Caves - The Court Cave (Cave / Rock Shelter) — News

Rare Pictish Cave Drawings Could Be Lost To The Sea


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38143157

Tullos Hill (Barrow) (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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Cambridgeshire — News

Spectacular Bronze Age Torc Found In Cambridgeshire Field


https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/28/spectacular-bronze-age-gold-torc-unearthed-cambridgeshire-field?CMP=share_btn_fb

Tullos Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Upper Balfour 2 (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Upper Balfour 4 (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Upper Balfour 3 (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Upper Balfour 4 (Cairn(s)) — Images

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West Benthoul (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Head almost 100 meters back west from the Easterhill site keeping an eye for two large boulders. These mark the south side of the cairn, to the west there is another kerb still in place. These certainly give the cairn a sense of presence amongst the fallen trees and ferns. No gorse or furze here, what a boost!!

The site sits at 9 metres wide and is over 0.5 metres high. Another nice place in a very pleasant wood on a very pleasant Autumn day.

Visited 8/11/2016.

Easterhill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Head south on the B9125, at Garlogie, and take the first road heading south east which conveniently points the way to the Standing Stones Of Echt (Cullerlie). After visiting that keep heading south taking the first farm track east. I asked permission to park at the house nearest the south west tip of the wood.

From here I headed east and jumped the wee wall into the forest heading gently up hill hugging the tree line to the south. About 1/4 mile up head north and the cairn should be seen.

This must have some size of a site but now the cairn sits at over 12 metres wide and is 1 metre high. What might be a possible kerb sits on the south flank whilst luckily the centre of the cairn is also clear and appears to be undisturbed except by the trees growing on it. However today there is a good vibe about this place and to make matters even better the sun shone through the trees to highlight the cairn.

I always wondered why the nearby circle seemed to be all by itself. Now its obvious it had friends nearby.

Visited 8/11/2016.

Upper Balfour 3 (Cairn(s)) — Images

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