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Loch Eriboll (Round Cairn)

Interesting Stuff About Loch Eriboll & Surrounding Area


Useful website to perhaps convince passing travellers to pause their journey... search out the cairn... and linger awhile.

Carnedd Moel Siabod (Round Cairn)

Bronze Age Shield Find Spot


Although cited by The British Museum as "..Found 1784 in a bog near Meol Hebog while cutting peat" I'm pretty certain from other sources [e.g Grahame Clarke's 1940-published 'Prehistoric England (sic!)] that this magnificent shield was found upon Moel Siabod. Coflein quotes the findspot at SH71005520... putting it at the head of the excellent ridge Daear Ddu, overlooking the natural lake Llyn y Foel. Can there be a more appropriate location? It is tempting to think it belonged to whoever was laid to rest (in whatever form) within the nearby cairn.

Wales (Country)

People's Collection: Wales


Some excellent aerial images of Bronze Age cairns... amongst other stuff. For those without personal air transport.

Creag An Fhithich, Dounie Wood (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

What to see and do in Edderton


Local community information website including Historic Scotland description of Dounie Hillfort, (Scheduled Monument 11942) which can be reached by a waymarked walk from the A836.

Note that RCAHMS do not share the view that the masonry to be found here was defensive in nature... "The location and character of both the wall and the bank-and-ditch suggest that they were used for the control of stock." (JRS, GFG, IP, AM) 17/9/2013.

My suggestion is for people to climb the hill, enjoy the fabulous views across Dornoch Firth... and make up their own minds. I share some reservations owing to the paucity of visible defences to the east, but on balance I would say the western dry stone wall and associated bank and ditch are arguably too substantial for mere stock control?

Dartmoor

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks


Excellent website featuring lots of lovely lists to help get one far from the madding crowds upon Dartmoor.

Aran Fawddwy (Round Cairn)

John Piper - 'Rise of the Dovey'


BBC website featuring numerous paintings and 'where to see them for real'... among them a work by John Piper focussing upon Aran Fawddwy and Creiglyn Dyfi... source of the Afon Dyfi (River Dovey).

Pen-y-Fan (Cairn(s))

SURVEY ON PEN-Y-FAN AND CORN DU - APRIL-MAY 1990


Report prepared by CPAT for the National Trust on 22nd August 1990 with 'pre-excavation and consolidation' images of the Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du Bronze Age cairns.

Very interesting reading and (in my opinion) a fine example of assessing the risk to some priceless upland archaeology.. and subsequently doing something about it before it was too late. Top work.

Fan y Big

Fan y Big Cremation Burial


Coflein image of a cordoned funerary urn found - well excavated - upon Fan y Big in 1981.

Garn Boduan (Hillfort)

Heneb: Garn Boduan summit cairn


The northern environs of Garn Boduan's upper fort - the equivalent of a medieval keep, if you like - are occupied by a large stone pile which Heneb interpret as a massive, disturbed Bronze Age cairn. Probably unopened, thanks to the protective Iron Age works superimposed.

Once again we have clear evidence of Iron Age peoples incorporating an earlier funerary monument within their planning regardless of the obvious spacial impact. The assumption must be that they viewed these monuments as being highly important.

Llyn Fawr

Hirwaun Historical Society


Some basic information regarding the wondrous finds found here upon a local website...

Loch Borralan East (Chambered Cairn)

Loch Borralan East Excavation Images


Set of images showing excavation of this excellent monument under auspices of the "Life and Death in Assynt's Past" project...

Carreg Cennen (Sacred Well)

Carreg Cennen Official Website


To be fair a lot of websites designed to draw in punters (that I've seen) are not that helpful to the average member (or perceptive visitor) to TMA. Not saying TMA folk are more intelligent; rather that we perhaps use what we have to a greater degree. The brain requires exercise, after all.

So rather pleasantly surprised that this DIY effort is refreshingly informative. If you are lucky enough to be blessed with children... this is truly an ideal site to fire the young psyche. Can there be a more precious gift a parent can bestow? Mine was. Eternal thanks to my father - now an old man - for taking his son here back in the early 80's and freaking out that mind full of swirling hormones. This is a place of legend, of life, death and every state in-between! And ... if you aren't a parent .... join the club.... I'd wager no other castle in these Isles offers quite what is available here for the curious independent visitor.

Hey, the Llewleyns (the farm - and castle owners) even organise weddings. What better way for two people deeply in love to cement their commitment to each other than by venturing to the well at the terminus of the cave. Searing emotion with no hiding place. Jeez. What a dream. Photos here would impress Gladman no end, believe me. Having sat with my hand in the pool of water perculating down from the roof in utter darkness... my heart pounding like the drum machine from Blue Monday... I can well understand our ancestors (apparent) connection with this crazy, spinning globe. There is an awful lot we can learn from the past.

Yes Tor (Cairn(s))

DARTMOOR LIVE FIRING TIMES


Official website detailing periods when you most certainly do not want to be upon the mountain. Might save a wasted trip. Although why the army 'have' to practice here I do not know. I thought places such as this were what we fought world wars to protect...

Flower's Barrow (Hillfort)

ACCESS INFORMATION - PLEASE CHECK BEFORE VISITING


Since Flower's Barrow is located upon a live Army firing range access is restricted.... for obvious reasons. In order to prevent a wasted journey I'd therefore advise checking this link before attempting a visit. As Mike notes, bunking into this one is NOT an option unless you have a severe death wish.

Callanish (Standing Stones)

YouTube


Inspiring new generations? Ladytron.

This is how I like my popular art........ analogue synthesizers, mixing of cultural heritage.... and the Tursachan!

Incidentally..... the Ultravox video that first inspired me to one (small) day make the pilgrimage is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo6n75DxQS4

Thank you gentlemen.

Dunnottar Castle (Cliff Fort)

Dunnottar Castle Website


An official website with details of opening times, plus history of this marvellous site.

Cadair Fawr (Cairn(s))

Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust - Cefn Cadlan


The link accesses an 'Historic Landscape Characterisation' for East Fforest Fawr and Mynydd-y-glôg issued by CPAT.

Worth a look to sketch in some background to what is a worthwhile walk in its own right.
Hi, I'm Robert ... aka Citizen Cairn'd. I've a passion for attempting to understand the lives of the pioneering prehistoric inhabitants of these British Isles, seeking out the remains they left behind in order to ask myself "why here ... why did it matter so... why such commitment?". Needless to say I'm still pondering such intangibles. Just as an empty house appears to retain echoes of past humanity... so does the stone circle, the chambered cairn, the long barrow and the mountain top funerary cairn. Visiting them, I think, helps engender a certain 'connection' with this land of ours, with ourselves - our past, our present and our future; a reference point for those of us perhaps struggling to make sense of this so-called 'computer world' Kraftwerk warned us was a'coming in 1981.... danke, mein herren.

I make no claims for my contributions except to state that I've done my best to relate what I've seen. Yeah, enjoying the moment has always taken precedent. If you like what you see why thank you. But please do your own thing. Think for yourself.

So cheers... to Mr Cope for being his inspirational, annoying, confrontational self, showing that field archaeology can be FUN! - hey, who'd have thought it? ...to my sister (the wondrous Mam Cymru) for using her female 'micro' vision to help me see the detail throughout an ongoing re-exploration of the South Walian uplands, albeit upon dodgy ankles, knees etc... to my own mam for insisting 'young men should have adventures' (that was a while back, now).... and my Dad for unwittingly inspiring a profound love of high places. Oh, and to Aubrey Burl for those pioneering guides BC.... 'Before Cope'.

For what it's worth some of my other inspirational people are:

Charles Darwin (for his humanity... amongst, er, 'other things');

And then, in no particular order:

George Orwell; Michael Collins (things are not often black and white...); Winston Churchill (for all his many profound faults... since without him I would not be here now); Martin L. Gore; Big Steve Chamberlain (sorely missed); Mr Beethoven; Giorgio Moroder; Richard Dawkins; The Pogues (for my North Walian soundtrack); Sophie Scholl (words fail me); W A Mozart (ditto); Michel Faber; Manic Street Preachers (the true spirit and voice of South Wales); Alan Pearlman; Nigel Kennedy; Will Shakespeare; Kraftwerk; Harry Hill; Claudia Brucken; Marc Almond; Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; Christopher Hitchens; Mulder and Scully; John Le Mesurier .... and anyone who has ever asked 'Why?' - the true legacy of punk. Thank you Mr Lydon.

Oh, last but not least, Gaelic beauty Karen Matheson... the Scottish trips wouldn't have been the same without that voice. 'The call is unspoken, never unheard'.

George Orwell - '...during times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act'....

Truman Capote - 'Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour'.

W E Gladstone - 'Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic'.

William Blake - 'A truth that's told with bad intent; Beats all the lies you can invent'

John Lydon - 'It is a reward to be chastised by the ignorant'.

Christopher Hitchens - 'Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.'

Margaret Thatcher - 'It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.'

Jo Cox - 'We have far more in common than that which divides us'.

Sarah Cracknell - 'I walk the side streets home; even when I'm on my own...'

Winston Churchill - 'KBO'.

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