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Bosporthennis 'Beehive Hut' (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Bosporthennis 'Beehive Hut'</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Bartlow Hills (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Without any fieldnotes or a map these monsters took a bit of finding. I eventually parked at the south end of the village and walked back along a footpath through woods before branching off to the right deeper into the woods where the 'hills' suddenly appear in front of you. Wht are they not known better? possibly because there are very few other sites in the area?
Visiting in early April there is very little greenery around, though more than in Cornwall at the moment. Even so there is no view from the top of the tallest mound because of the trees all around, which is a shame.
I would love to know more about the excavations here, how they were carried out and where the story of the light being left burning inside came from.

Duloe (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Duloe</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Carwynnen Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — News

Latest TV news from on-site

Helman Tor Menhir (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>Helman Tor Menhir</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Lesquite Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

Inspired by CARLs visit, I thought it about time I got to see Lesquite Quoit, especailly as I spend quite a bit of time in the area during the spring due to its close proximity to Redmoor nature reserve.

So, having spent the day watching woodpeckers and blue tits feeding their young, being mugged by three over excited squirrels and generally having a great time deep in pristine woodland, I drove over to the pull in beside the field.

As I got out of the car I spotted a fox cub on the other side of the road scarper into the corn with a vole in its mouth. I walked across carefully hoping to catch sight of it only to be greeted by three other cubs, all happy to have photos taken...

...but back to the quoit.

It's an interesting one as there is no sign of how, if it did, the cap stone sat atop of the uprights. Perhaps it never did, the other large stone that stands behind is too far away to have been part of one structure, so why is it there? The small stone that sits beneath the sloping cap stone, is it original or just a large stone placed there years ago and now considered part of the group?

Is there a connection with Helman Tor and its supposed Neolithic encampment?

So many questions...

Lesquite Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Embury Beacon (Cliff Fort) — News

Race against time to save hill fort

In the North Devon Gazette this weekend.

A TEAM of archaeologists will be surveying and excavating the remains of a hill fort before it is lost to the waves forever.

The work at Embury Beacon in Hartland will be a race against time to save the remaining 25 per cent of the fort.

Previous surveys suggest that the monument may have enclosed the crest of a prominent coastal headland, most of which has eroded away in the last 2,000 years.

The current excavations, which began on April 16 by a team of volunteers, are examining how the original entrance opened.

Justin Seedhouse, National Trust Ranger, said: ““We have enjoyed involving local schools in the digs.

“Woolsery Primary School got their hands dirty learning to be trainee archaeologists and hearing about the history of the fort here, and we have Hartland Primary School also coming to visit.”

The excavation is part of the ‘unlocking our coastal heritage’ project, supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, which aims to improve the visitor experience along the South West Coast Path National Trail.

The excavation is being undertaken by AC archaeology in collaboration with the National Trust, English Heritage and SWCP Team.

Bury Down (Hillfort) — Images

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Cornwall — News

Cornish Bronze Age boat project

Dumbed down TV article about project to build a replica Bronze Age boat the the National maritime Museum at Falmouth where you can also see the Nebra Sky Disc.

Dodman Point (Cliff Fort) — Images

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Carn Creis Barrows (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

<b>Carn Creis Barrows</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead<b>Carn Creis Barrows</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

United Kingdom — Links

Old newspapers go on-line

All over the press today, the official launch of the British Library Newspaper website. May be of use to TMAers... a search for Stonehenge found 450 articles to read.

Showery Tor (Ring Cairn) — Images

<b>Showery Tor</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead<b>Showery Tor</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Stowe's Pound (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

<b>Stowe's Pound</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Langstone Downs Cairns (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Three large cairns sit on Langstone Downs. Apart from a few uprights in place in and around the eastern cairn they appear to be just three large piles of stones. The 'hill' itself is overshadowed by Sharptor to the east, one of Bodmin Moors finest summits.
The Langstone, that gives the hill its name, is conspicuous by its absence...unless you know better?

Langstone Downs Cairns (Cairn(s)) — Images

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The Hurlers (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>The Hurlers</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Stowe's Pound (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

<b>Stowe's Pound</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Craddock Moor Circle (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Craddock Moor Circle</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Catshole Downs (Long Cairn) — Images

<b>Catshole Downs</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Leskernick Cist — Images

<b>Leskernick Cist</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead<b>Leskernick Cist</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead<b>Leskernick Cist</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead


Peak District Exhibition

Just been notified of this by the good people of the Peak District tourism dept...

Not sure if i can get there but it looks worth a visit..

..Good on you Kosmik Ken!

Cornwall — News

New Books

Two new books are to be released this month by the Cornwall Historic Enviroment team. One looks at the landscape and archaeology of the West Penwith moors whilst the other may raise a few eyebrows here..its about managing the landscape in the far west. Cows and they mix?

Trethevy Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

<b>Trethevy Quoit</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Boscawen-Un (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Boscawen-Un</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Changwens Menhir (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

This stone is on private land belonging to Trelew Farm.

Built into the wall, it is recognised as a monument although some might say it was ancient farmers making use of a large lump of stone...we may never know?
Another stone has been identified nearby lying recumbent in the wall.
Within five mins walk of Boscawen-un, this whole area seems to have more standing stones than any other part of Cornwall.

Changwens Menhir (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>Changwens Menhir</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead<b>Changwens Menhir</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Trelew Menhir (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Wow! photos do not do this stone's a big un!
Easy to find just up the drive to Trelew Farm. It is on their land but they are happy for people to visit. In fact guests using the farm for B&B are encouraged to walk through the fields to visit Boscawen-un passing another menhir on the way.
See link for details

Pridden (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

This stone is on private land and the field is used to keep horses in. I was advised that the landowner would probably not want people walking through the fields.
The stone can be seen from the road just east of St Buryan but it is narrow at that point and not easy to stop.

Trelew Menhir (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Watch Croft (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>Watch Croft</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Watch Croft (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Watch Croft</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead

Watch Croft (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

10 April 2011
Fantastic sunny day with little wind. Decided to do a circular walk taking in Watch Croft, Carn Glava, and Bosigran. Approcahed Watch Croft from the west, parking the car beside the fork in the road with the 'modern' quoit above Morvah. A Bridleway leads up the hill to the old mine and the adjacent houses. At the entrance to the houses we turned right and followed a vague path up to the summit and trig point. BE CAREFUL..plenty of pits in the area...they may not be very deep but you never know!
Even in early April the amount of undergrowth makes going off path difficult but we made the summit easily and took in the views. The standing stone is just south of the summit and a little bit of a disappointment after the others we had seen in the previous 24 hours...but nevermind.
From here we headed east on a well used path to Carn Galva...always the highlight of any trip to the far west.

Twelve Men's cist — Images

<b>Twelve Men's cist</b>Posted by Mr Hamhead
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Mr Hamhead started as a doodle on a scrap of paper many years ago.....then he became a submariner in a series of poems that I am writing. When I needed a name for this site he just sort of popped up.
In the real world I go under the far less interesting title of Mark Camp, keen walker, historian and tourist guide.
I am lucky enough to live in Cornwall, a mile from the south coast and within half an hours drive of Bodmin Moor. Hence the sites I have contributed.
My first love up on the moors (and Cornwall in general) is industrial history, but you are never far from a lump of granite and through research for walks I have become interested in all things ancient.
It has helped that I have been listening to Mr Cope since buying Reward as a young student and have followed his career from the far west where musicians seldom come to play.
As I have said before on the site, if any TMA contributors are in the area and fancy a walk on the moor, get in touch, I will be happy to share my knowledge of everything the moor has to offer.

oh yes website is at

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