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Cissbury Ring (Hillfort) — News

Illegal treasure hunters damage ancient hill fort on South Downs


An ancient hill fort dubbed "one of the jewels in the crown" of the South Downs National Park has been damaged, police have said.

Illegal metal detecting is believed to be behind the disturbance to the ground at the 5,000-year-old Cissbury Ring site near Worthing in West Sussex.

More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/25/illegal-treasure-hunters-damage-ancient-hill-fort-south-downs/

Corduff II (Artificial Mound) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Monpelier (Hell Fire Club) (Passage Grave) — News

Megalithic Art Discovered at the Hellfire Club


Sitting partially exposed in the hollow of the strange mound behind the Hellfire Club, a dark lump of igneous rock served as a handy border to many bonfires over the centuries. However, those who enjoyed the warmth of the fire while lying up against the comfortably curved bank of the mound may not have realised that the mound they rested upon was the remains of an ancient tomb, and that plain looking dark stone was carved with symbols and designs that are over 5,000 years old.

The discovery of the artwork was the result of incredible serendipity. The surface of the stone has been damaged by fires and weathering, so the artwork is almost completely imperceptible to the naked eye. Had we dug our trenches anywhere else on site we would not have discovered it, and had we excavated during the summer, the higher flatter sunlight may not have revealed the faint trace of the artwork.

As the stone was sitting in a disturbed modern layer of material relating to picnics and parties, it was outside of its original context. We removed it quite early in the dig, though due to the many fires that had been lit upon it, it fractured into four large fragments as we began to lift it from the trench. As we did not originally notice anything particularly unusual about the stone, we (with some difficulty) lifted it out of the trench and set it on the side, so it would be close at hand for when we began to backfill the trenches.

More here: http://www.abartaheritage.ie/megalithic-art-discovered-at-the-hellfire-club/

Monpelier (Hell Fire Club) (Passage Grave) — Images

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Easky (Natural Rock Feature) — Folklore

"Local tradition says that should you walk through the crack in the rock three times, the rock will close on you."

Easky (Natural Rock Feature) — Links

The Sligotown website


A mile and a half east of Easkey, in west County Sligo, you will see, in a field on the side of the road, the Split Rock of Easkey, known in mythological circles as Fionn's Stone. A huge boulder which has been split into two halves.

Monpelier (Hell Fire Club) (Passage Grave) — Links

Hellfire Club Archaeological Project


The Hellfire Club Archaeological Project will take place during the month of October [2016]. The excavation aims to help to uncover the story of Mountpelier Hill, where can find the famous ruins known as the Hellfire Club. The excavation will be led by Neil Jackman of Abarta Heritage, with an experienced team of archaeologists alongside volunteers from University College Dublin. The project is supported by South Dublin County Council, Coillte and Abarta Heritage, with kind support from University College Dublin, the Discovery Programme, the National Monuments Service and National Museum of Ireland.

Kilbaylet Upper (Stone Row / Alignment) — Images

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Kilbaylet Lower (Cup Marked Stone) — Images

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Broomfields (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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St. Kilda — Links

Lost songs of St. Kilda


Nearly a century ago, the last 36 residents were evacuated from the most remote part of the British Isles, St Kilda, an isolated archipelago off the beautiful and rugged western coast of Scotland.

After 86 years, the music of St Kilda has been discovered, recorded in a Scottish care home by Trevor Morrison, an elderly man who was taught piano by an inhabitant of St Kilda. Heard by the outside world for the first time these haunting melodies offer a last link to the so-called 'island on the edge of the world'.

Welcome to the incredible story of the lost songs of St Kilda.

Seahan III (Passage Grave) — Images

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Seahan II (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Seahan I (Passage Grave) — Images

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Mané Roularde (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Les Pierres Plats (Allée-Coudée) — Images

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Mané Braz (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Alignements de Kerzerho — Images

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Kerlud (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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