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France (Country) — News

Possibly Neanderthal cave structures in the Pyrenees


300 meters from the surface, circles of broken-off stalagmites stacked against each other, dated at 176,000 years old. There's a nice 3-D rendering in Nature and a nice photo in The Atlantic.

Stanwell Cursus — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Hampshire — Links

Hampshire Downloads National Mapping project


An astonishing report compiling aerial photography and other surveys in the chalkland area between the Itchen and Test rivers. A must for the Hampshire Antiquarian! There are many possible sites in here that were never known about before!

Farley Mount Enclosure — Images

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Stanwell Cursus — Images

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Stanwell Cursus — Links

Heathrow Terminal 5 excavations


Details of excavations prior to building T5, which covers part of the cursus.

Stonehenge (Stone Circle) — Links

Stonehenge renovation -New York Times


No doubt inspired by Potus's flying visit, the NYT dispatched a reporter to explain this Stonehenge business. I half expected to see Spinal Tap mentioned, but no. Lovely photos!

Herm — Fieldnotes

Herm is a rather special, unspoilt place. No cars or motorbikes, and you can walk around its coastline in a couple of hours. There are several broken and battered small passage tombs, and we only stopped by one (Robert's Cross). There used to be an enormous menhir on Herm Common but it fell prey to unscrupulous quarrymen. After circling the island we stopped for a beer in the Mermaid and read our newly purchased book "Hidden Treasures of Herm Island" by Catherine Kalamis. I'm not sure that you could buy this anywhere but on the island, but I recommend it for the in-depth history of the island and its owners over the years. Many of them, it seems, found the Common a weird and almost threatening place. I can imagine it gets pretty windswept and bleak, but to us the whole island seemed lovely and well worth a visit (boat from St Peter Port, Guernsey, several times a day). It was my first visit but my wife had been there many times as a child.

Robert's Cross (Passage Grave) — Images

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Le Trepied Tomb (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

Careful when you cross the road, kids! It is next to some cannons. If you spot the cannons, you're in the right place.

Le Trepied Tomb (Passage Grave) — Images

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La Varde (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Dolmen Le Dehus (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Dolmen Le Dehus (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

I make no exaggeration in saying that Dehus is possibly the most amazing long barrow type monument I have ever encountered. I suppose it is trumped by La Hougue Bie on Jersey, but Dehus has one very special feature: a man's face carved into a capstone, looking down at you. There are side chambers and an enigmatic central standing stone that does not reach the ceiling.

Delancey Park (Passage Grave) — Images

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Delancey Park (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

Visited on holiday on October 2013. The location of the tomb is not marked or signposted anywhere in the park, but it is in the trees near the car park. Clearly some work was still going on then, or recently, as it was fenced off by some rather unattractive orange plastic. Medium sized stones of up to 5 feet length, arranged now in two elongated rows. The whole is in a hollow where it was (I presume) excavated and has a retaining wall on the higher side.

Dolmen de la Pierre-Pese (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

An elegant dolmen with a whopper of a capstone, a short walk through the steaming woodland on a summer's day. There is enough of a space to park one car at the brown roadsign. You have to be quick to spot it just to the east of the new TGV line under construction (not on Google Maps yet).

The nearby villages seem to be full of holidaying Brits, what what? If you get a chance, read the heritage information board in Hanc which describes village ceremonies conducted until recently that are straight out of the Golden Bough.

Dolmen de la Pierre-Pese (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Stonehenge (Stone Circle) — Links

NOAA Solar calculator


Very clever Google Maps-integrated website with direction of sunrise/ sunset for anywhere, anytime. You need never speculate about a solstice alignment again!

Menhir de Gargantua (Saint-Suliac) (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited this on a cycling holiday in Brittany this summer. Just before the bend in the D7 going out of Saint-Suliac, walk up the farm track to the right, and you will see a home-made sign to "Menhir". That leads you into an orchard (there was nobody around when we were there) surrounding this massive stone. It is a very rugged and irregular shape. Whether really a menhir or just a prominent erratic I know not, though the maps show it as prehistoric. There was a huge pumpkin nearby with the name Gargantua carved into it. Menhir a true word spoken in jest, as Obelix might have said (in English translation).
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I like landscape, and I like old stuff. So here I am. A few years living in Winchester let me visit some great places and ponder the perilous existence of minor heritage sites, overlooked and sometimes abused. The resulting photos and sometimes odd notes reside here at the Archdrude's indulgence. Now I live in the outskirts of London Towne, where the outliers of the North Downs descend into a strip of sand before the clay sets in.

Fond regards,
Your uncle Robert

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