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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.

High Banks (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Heritage Landscape Creativity


Druid Landscapes

Excellent blog on the history of this rock art.

Newton Mulgrave Long Barrow

Newton Mulgrave long barrow


Details of the long barrow, slightly mauled by time, but evidence of long barrows (of which there are very few) on the North Yorkshire Moors.

The Calderstones (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

History of Calderstones


Article written by George Nash and Adam Stanford

Louden Stone Circle

The Heritage Trust


Back from the Brink - Part two
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Yet they were made of earth and fire as we,
The selfsame forces set us in our mould;
To life we woke from all that makes the past.
We grow on Death's tree as ephemeral flowers.

Thoger Larsen

So let our broken circle stand
A wreck, a remnant, yet the same,
While one last, loving, faithful hand
Still lives to feed its altar-flame!

Taken from 'The Broken Circle' by O.H.Holme

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