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Wiltshire

Malmesbury, built on an Iron Age hill fort


Malmesbury, a Saxon town in north Wiltshire famous for its historic Abbey and it connection with the first king of all England, Athelstan. I was in the Athelstan Museum earlier today and was fascinated to learn Malmesbury is built on the site of an early Iron Age hill fort. Was looking at a 3D model of town in the museum and it is almost surrounded by two rivers. A town where prehistory becomes the history of England - life before the Normans. Also known as the "Queen of Hilltop Towns".

Beltany (Stone Circle)

Beltany Stone circle


"A Druidical temple somewhat resembling that at Stonehenge in size and structure…The place is called Baltony, a name not uncommon in some districts of Ireland. It is supposed to be a corruption of Baal tinné, the ‘fire of Baal,’ — intimating a spot where that Deity was particularly worshiped in Ireland…Among the rigid Presbyterians of the North, such remains of antiquity are lightly regarded because they are deemed remnants of superstition and idolatry, although some respect has been paid to them by its respected proprietors."

Mr. & Mrs. Hall, Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, etc., 18411

Anglesey (County)

Welsh History Month: A tale of two tombs ...


"The island of Anglesey has a personality all of its own. Sheltered in the lee of Snowdonia, it is the only area of fertile and accessible land in a region of high and barren mountains. It is, therefore, not surprising that settlers have been drawn to its shores from the dawn of history. And they have left us some of the most inspiring monuments in Wales."

Megalithic tour of Anglesey


Rushy Platt Bowl Barrow (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

English Heritage list entry and description


Hill of Tara

YouTube - Traces of the Past


Tara Lidar HD.

Uffington White Horse (Hill Figure)

"The Flight of the White Horse"


Poems and illustrations by Giles Watson

Vespasian's Camp and Blick Mead (Hillfort)

Live Science


Wild Auroch hunting near the site of Stonehenge.

Avebury (Stone Circle)

Between the Monuments


Josh Pollard talks about new National Trust research at Avebury.

Clearwell Caves (Ancient Mine / Quarry)

Clearwell Caves - ancient ochre and iron ore mine


Ochre and iron ore mined here for thousands of years.

Wiltshire

3D Scanning of the Chiseldon Cauldrons at Southampton University


A short video of the scanning technology revolutionising archaeology,

The Shetland Isles

The Tower People of Shetland


Grianan of Ailech (Stone Fort / Dun)

Grianan of Aileach


Wiltshire

The Great Stones Way


Being developed by the Friends of the Ridgeway
http://ridgewayfriends.org.uk/

Hangman's Stone, Hampnett (Holed Stone)

Celia Haddon's Hangman's Stone Page


Some useful information and folklore about Hangman's Stones.

The Gower Peninsular

Bus Services on the Gower Peninsular


Many thanks to thesweetcheat for this link - am adding as a link because I don't want to lose sight of it (I think my laptop is on the blink).

Callanish and its Environs

Cinematic Scotland 'Brave' tour of Callanish


A lovely little film of Callanish plus still photos.

Danebury (Hillfort)

The Museum of the Iron Age, Andover


Visited this museum in Andover on a return visit to Danebury. Excellent and atmospheric museum, constructed as a round house inside (though in a conventional building). A great place for a family outing with lots to learn. One display focuses on the animals and plantlife that were around at the time. I learnt that the cockeral, goose and hare were held as sacred and never eaten. The raven was a symbol of darkness and death though also associated with foretelling the future.

Also - something I've never seen before, a hologram of the Lindow Man. Very realistic.

Old Bewick (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

British Rock Art Blog


The Jan Brouwer Trail

A great way to commemorate Jan Brouwer and all the work he did for rockartuk.

Danebury (Hillfort)

Hantsweb


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Nature; stone circles and all ancient sites that involve walking through unspoilt countryside/being near the sea; islands around the the British Isles, especially those with ancient monuments.

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