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Loch Rangag (Broch) — Fieldnotes

Visited: August 6, 2020

This broch, more commonly known as Greystell Castle (sometimes as Greysteil Castle) stands on a stubby peninsula on the eastern shore of Loch Rangag. The structure is severely dilapidated with a tumble of angular blocks surrounding it. Indeed the only obvious signs of structure are a hint of double wall around the western arc and slight signs of a ruined entrance passage on the east.

It has been suggested that the peninsula may well be a man-made structure - perhaps originally a crannog.

The easiest access to Greystell Castle, from the car-park, is to follow the main road south until level with the broch. Although the field below is protected by an electric fence, you will find at this point a narrow break in the fence where the electric wire is safely ensconced in a loop of insulation to allow clear passage. It's just a matter now of descending an easy grassy slope to the stile that gives access to the broch.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
13th August 2020ce

Loch Rangag (Broch) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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13th August 2020ce

Slievefoore (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Slievefoore (An Sliabh Fuar – the cold mountain) is a small hill, 414 metres above sea level on the eastern side of a small range that culminates in the pinnacle of Croghan Mountain (606 metres) straddling the Wicklow/Wexford border. The hills are southern outliers from the main Wicklow range. There are no antiquities marked on the OS map in the range. However, on archaeology.ie there is a cairn marked on Slievefoore. A friend recently moved into the are and on a visit I got curious and decided to investigate.

Most of the Croghan area is forested and is now peppered with the turbines of a large windfarm. The entrance to the forestry has a couple of information signs and the area around it is known locally as White Heaps "due to the cairns of quartz which may have marked prehistoric burial mounds”. Cairns? Intriguing. The cairn is actually a kilometre from here so a bit more investigation is needed.

The walk north to the cairn from the entrance was relatively easy, up through the forestry and over a couple of farm gates. Eventually you’re left about 50 metres below the summit of Slievefoore in a heathery, boggy field. The top is easily reached but was still quite wet after the poor summer we’ve been having.

The cairn sits at the north end of what is an elongated summit which is aligned roughly north south. The hill starts to gently but obviously descend from the northern tip of the cairn and the views north are extensive. The cairn is low and flat, almost like an artificial, ceremonial platform. It’s mainly grass covered, but where the cairn stones do protrude, they are mainly quartz. There are 2 quartz boulders loose on the cairn and another boulder has quartz encrustation.

The very visible kerb consists of 28 stones, some of which are orthostatic but most are just lying on the ground. Tara Hill (253 metres) to the south-east with its own cairn draws the eye. The views all around are magnificent, except to the south where they’re blocked by forestry. I spent quite a while here, drinking in the views with a soundtrack of the whoosh of the large turbines to the west. I found the ‘cairn’ quite puzzling. Is it actually a cairn? Why are most of the ‘kerbstones’ loose on the ground? It’s obviously ancient, but there does seem to have been modern interference. The sense I got was that this was a place of ceremony rather than of burial.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
13th August 2020ce

Southern England — News

Iron Age hillfort found in Chiltern Hills with help of 'citizen scientists'


An Iron Age hillfort hidden under trees and foliage has been discovered with the help of "citizen scientists".

Members of the Beacons of the Past group identified the site, in the Chiltern Hills, from digital survey images last year and the hillfort was verified on 6 August.

It is thought the circular site dates from the early Iron Age in England, between 800BC and 500BC.

Work will take place to preserve the site.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53741441
moss Posted by moss
13th August 2020ce

Esgair Nant-yr-Arian (Promontory Fort) — Images

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Pen-y-Bwlch (Ystrad Fflur) (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Wag of Forse (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images

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Wag of Forse (Stone Fort / Dun) — Fieldnotes

Visited: August 8, 2020

Wag of Forse is a dun associated with an extensive complex of stone structures, including longhouses, known locally as wags. The site is extensive and fairly ruinous. The first feature to catch the eye is the entrance into the dun with its huge wedge-shaped lintel. Rather than try to interpret the scene, I recommend reading the in-depth discussion on Wag of Forse on the Canmore website.



This is not the easiest of sites to visit: there is no path to take you there. My route started at a lay-by on the A9 about one mile north of Latheron (white marker) and followed the good track leading to Corr (yellow line) for about 600 metres to a point where the dense gorse on the right eventually gave way to grass and heather. Leaving the track I headed directly towards the prominent stone wall that surrounds the area, a distance of about 80 metres. This well constructed wall is about 1½ metres tall and is guarded by a double strand of taut barbed wire along its top making it all but impossible to clamber over.

Fortunately, if you turn left at this point and follow the wall northwards for a short distance, a gate appears allowing easy access beyond. Wag of Forse now lies several hundred metres to the southeast over relatively easy grass and heather (cyan line on map), but in a dip in the undulating terrain. This means you will not see any structures until you are relatively close to the site.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
12th August 2020ce

Slieve Donard Lesser Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Summit of Slieve Donard (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Slieve Commedagh (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Glücksburg 10 (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Glücksburg 10 (Tomb 6 of the Dolmenpfad in Glücksburg) is a round barrow. It lies about 240 m northeast of Glücksburg 110 along the main track from the parking space Schauenthal, where the Dolmenpfad branches off in a northerly direction.

Please note, that the name Glücksburg 10 was arbitrarily chosen by me for this website, as I do not know an official name for it. Along the dolmen path it is Tomb 6.

P.S.: The image stabilizer on my camera didn't work properly on this tour, so some of my images are unfortunately out of focus. Sorry for that.

Visited June 2020
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
12th August 2020ce

Glücksburg 10 (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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Glücksburg 09 (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Glücksburg 09 (Tomb 7 of the Dolmenpfad in Glücksburg) is a round barrow. It lies about 170m northeast of Glücksburg 10 along the main track from the parking space Schauenthal.

Please note, that the name Glücksburg 09 was arbitrarily chosen by me for this website, as I do not know an official name for it. Along the dolmen path it is Tomb 7.

P.S.: The image stabilizer on my camera didn't work properly on this tour, so some of my images are unfortunately out of focus. Sorry for that.

Visited June 2020
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
12th August 2020ce

Glücksburg 09 (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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Glücksburg 11 (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Glücksburg 11 (Tomb 8 of the Dolmenpfad in Glücksburg) is a round barrow. It lies about 150m northeast of Glücksburg 12 along the main track from the parking space Schauenthal.

Please note, that the name Glücksburg 11 was arbitrarily chosen by me for this website, as I do not know an official name for it. Along the dolmen path it is Tomb 8.

P.S.: The image stabilizer on my camera didn't work properly on this tour, so some of my images are unfortunately out of focus. Sorry for that.

Visited June 2020
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
12th August 2020ce

Glücksburg 11 (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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Glücksburg 12 (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Glücksburg 12 (Tomb 9 of the Dolmenpfad in Glücksburg) is a round barrow. It is the first station of the Dolmenpfad, if you start at the parking space Schauenthal.

Please note, that the name Glücksburg 12 was arbitrarily chosen by me for this website, as I do not know an official name for it. Along the dolmen path it is Tomb 9.

P.S.: The image stabilizer on my camera didn't work properly on this tour, so some of my images are unfortunately out of focus. Sorry for that.

Visited June 2020
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
12th August 2020ce
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