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Barclodiad-y-Gawres (Chambered Cairn)

Archaeologists revealing never-before-seen secrets of prehistoric burial chamber


News courtesy of 'Standing with Stones' website.

Twyn y Parc (Promontory Fort)

Coflein


'A later Prehistoric style fort formed by strong ramparts cut across the narrow neck of a long and straggling cliff-girt promontory.'

Cornwall

The Threat to Cornwall's Heritage by Elizabeth Dale


Cornwall is blessed with a long and fascinating history. Although visitors are often drawn to the county by the so called ‘Poldark effect’ many more are also seeking out our enigmatic prehistoric monuments. Elizabeth Dale investigates the hidden threat to this precious heritage.

Emblance Downs (Stone Circle)

Emblance Downs Twin Circles


Earlier this year the TimeSeekers volunteer clearance group highlighted three or four stone circles on Bodmin Moor that could benefit from a vegetation clearance and general tidy up. The twin circles on Emblance Downs were two such circles, so, after gaining the necessary approval from the Landowner, Natural England and Historic England, we were set to commence our work on the 21st August.

Rudston Monolith (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Cursuses relating to the Rudston Monolith


The Rudston cursus group consists of four cursuses stretching along the bottom and sides of the Great Wold Valley. At least one end of each of the monument are to be found on the elevated chalk ridges which surround Rudston. The valley contains the Gypsey Race, one of the rare streams across the chalklands, and two of the cursuses (A and C) cross this stream. The Rudston group contains an unparalleled concentration of cursus monuments. Cursus A is the southern most of the group. The southern end of the cursus survives as an earthwork and the remainder is visible on air photographs as two parallel ditches. The cursus is 2700 metres long by circa 58 metres, it tapers to 41 metres at the south terminal. Cursus A is the only one of the group where both ends are visible, both of the terminals are square in plan. The earthwork was excavated in the mid 19th century by Greenwell and showed what appeared to be a round barrow raised upon the surface of a long mound. This excavation produced six burials (two with Beakers), only one of which Greenwell considered to be primary, and a considerable amount of pottery. These burials were inserted into the south end of the cursus monument in the early bronze age. Greenwell also found sherds of earlier Neolithic pottery, along with worked flint and animal bones on the ground surface beneath the bank of the cursus. A second excavation across the west ditch in 1958 recovered 24 small pieces of Beaker pottery from the bottom 18 inches of the ditch fill, excluding the primary fill, and 4 larger pieces from the primary fill. There is evidence to suggest that the ditch was recut at this point explaining the presence of the later pottery.

Bryn Celli Ddu (Chambered Cairn)

Bryn Celli Ddu in new CGI film


Known as one of the most evocative archaeological sites in Britain, the 5,000-year old monument was once constructed to protect and pay respect to the remains of ancestors. It is the only site in Wales that has a solar alignment, where the sun casts a beam of light into the monument on the summer solstice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay8ZhWX4nUg

North Ballachulish (Cup Marked Stone)

Through the Eyes of the Ballachulish Goddess


Rock art and a goddess combined in this beautiful spot, sad that the effigy has been allowed to shrivel away in the museum. A real cailleach story perhaps?

Street House

Spectacular' discovery of Teesside's oldest house is confirmed


Dr.Steve Sherlock on Teeside Oldest House, which is Neolithic....

The Hurlers (Stone Circle)

Reading the Hurlers


Archaeology at its best with children being introduced to their local sites...

Harland Moor (Stone Circle)

The Smell of Water


Stone Circle, Hob's Heap and the Coal Mines of Harland Moor Pt. 1.

Leskernick North Circle (Stone Circle)

The Heritage Trust


Leskernick Stone Circles and Stone Row Clearance

Clearing both North and South Circles and the stone row. Clearance to be interpreted as stated here..

"the aim of the clearance would be to bring the hidden parts of the circles and stone row ‘back to life’ by sympathetically removing the vegetation and turf ‘carpet’ off the stones without damage taking place and without any soil being removed below the exposed top surfaces"

Penycloddiau (Hillfort)

Why prehistoric Welsh people built so many forts on hills


"The language of these things was established in the early 20th Century when we were fighting a lot of wars: hillforts, guard chambers," Gale says, a little ruefully. "We're stuck with these terms. But I think they were much more complicated than just being military or defensive."

Silbury Hill (Artificial Mound)

Silbury Hill - Silent Earth


A fascinating history of Silbury over the years.

London

London’s Iron Age Forts & Fortifications


Loughton I/A fort
Ambresbury Bank I/A fort
Wimbledon I/A fort
Grim's Ditch
St.Ann's Hill I/A fort
Uphall Camp I/A fort
Caesar's Camp Keston I/A fort

Stripple Stones (Henge)

Cornish Collection - Stripple Stones


Boscawen-Un (Stone Circle)

The Cornish Collection: Boscawen-un Stone Circle


The first in a new series highlighting Cornwall’s megalithic masterpieces. One: Boscawen-un Stone Circle. Roy Goutte.

Bryn Celli Ddu (Chambered Cairn)

Artist Report: Angela Davies at Bryn Celli Ddu


Whitehawk Camp (Causewayed Enclosure)

Artists create film about one of UK's first Neolithic ritual monuments


Wales (Country)

John Piper - The Mountains of Wales


This autumn Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is delighted to present an outstanding group of views in Snowdonia by John Piper from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.

On to the 13th December 2015

Star Carr (Mesolithic site)

Skulls, shamans and Sacrifice in Stone Age Britain


The Mesolithic settlement of Star Carr in North Yorkshire has fascinated archaeologists for decades. Nicky Milner and her digging team from York University are embarking on their final ever excavation on site to unlock the secrets of this mysterious landscape.
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"I once blew a blast into the Blowing Stone, which rolled a hollow wave of sepulchral sound into the hills. The megalith builders, taking their lesson from the conch-shells of the Eastern Mediterranean, blew into this very stone to summon the gods or, more probably, the goddess of the high places. Another two miles and there is the goddess herself or rather, the celtic descendant of the goddess, stretched in white and in flight across the bald brow of Uffington Hill. The downs lift to 800 feet and by their very godliness of combe and crescent, of jutting ness and plunging spur, ordain the tie beam of White Horse Hill to be one more of the holy places of the chalk. So it was on Windover Hill.... and so it is here where the Celtic town of Uffington is flanked by the galloping horse and a Neolithic workshop on the one side, and the chambered long barrow of Wayland's Smithy with its grove of beeches on the other.".......

H.J.Massingham - English Downland


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