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Highland (Mainland)

1,200-year-old Pictish cross-slab discovered near Dingwall


A stone carved by Picts 1,200 years ago has been discovered in the Highlands.

Archaeologists said the find is of national importance because it is one of only about 50 complete Pictish cross-slabs known to exist.

Decorated with a number of symbols, the stone was uncovered at an early Christian church site near Dingwall.

It was used as a grave marker in the 1790s and discovered hidden in vegetation by Anne MacInnes of North of Scotland Archaeological Society.

Read more about this find on the BBC website and in the Ross-shire Journal.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
24th August 2019ce

Dinas Dinlle (Cliff Fort)

Dinas Dinlle dig uncovers Iron Age roundhouse and Roman coins


A huge Iron Age roundhouse, thought to be about 2,500 years old, and roman pottery have been uncovered during an archaeological dig at a coastal fort.

Volunteers have joined experts to find out more about the little-known Dinas Dinlle National Trust-owned monument in Gwynedd before it falls into the sea.

The 43ft (13m) wide roundhouse was buried by coastal sand, thought to have blown there during a sandstorm in 1330.

Coins found at the fort near Caernarfon suggest it was occupied in Roman times.

The "well-preserved" roundhouse - with its 8ft (2.5m) thick walls - was uncovered close to the cliff edge buried underneath 3ft (1m) of sand during a two-week dig.

More: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-49397328?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_wales_news&ns_linkname=wales&ns_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0nyySxlVuqawKkRL7-6vl6GmiF38rLZlWAO78mVxWtmVuS46jdmbJoHvw
ryaner Posted by ryaner
21st August 2019ce

Boyne Valley Complex

Unknown monuments identified close to Newgrange in 'exceptionally successful' survey


Around 40 previously unknown monuments have been identified in the Brú na Bóinne area close to Newgrange as a result of what a leading archaeologist says was an “exceptionally successful” survey.

Dr Steve Davis of the UCD School of Archaeology, who has worked for over a decade on the Brú na Bóinne landscape, said the monuments appear to range from what are most likely early Neolithic houses to Neolithic timber enclosures as well as Bronze Age burial monuments and some early medieval farmsteads.

The area surveyed included locations both sides of the Boyne, within the bend of the Boyne and across from the megalithic tombs at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth.

More: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/unknown-monuments-identified-close-to-newgrange-in-exceptionally-successful-survey-942120.html?fbclid=IwAR3TTUaKStOYMnnS8USVbwIZA1p8fw6OA-92zViLJ9r2LoiqAsMhk2NpDdk
ryaner Posted by ryaner
7th August 2019ce

Old Oswestry (Hillfort)

Television historian speak out for Oswestry hillfort


Historian and television presenter, Professor Michael Wood, has expressed serious concern over plans to build houses within the historic landscape of Old Oswestry hillfort.

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In a letter of objection he wrote: "I have followed with concern the proposed developments. The Iron Age hillfort of Old Oswestry is generally agreed to be the finest site of its kind in the Welsh Borders. Any development that threatens its setting, as this self-evidently does, in my view, therefore, should be refused.”

The popular historian said Oswestry’s northern gateway around the hillfort was an extraordinarily interesting - and rare - example of a medieval sacred landscape, which still awaited detailed research and survey. This, he said was is in addition to the area’s multi-phase heritage interest ranging from pre-Iron Age to WW1 military archaeology.

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/2019/07/30/television-historian-speak-out-for-oswestry-hillfort/
moss Posted by moss
30th July 2019ce

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

'Stunning' decorated Neolithic stone discovered in Orkney


Archaeologists have uncovered what they describe as a "stunning example" of Neolithic decorate stone in Orkney.

The notch-marked slab was discovered at Ness of Brodgar, the location of a well-preserved and sophisticated complex of stone buildings.

The site was built and occupied by people more than 5,000 years ago.

Archaeological excavations began at Ness of Brodgar more than 15 years ago and the site covers an area of about six acres (2.5 ha)....



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-49030379

http://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/
moss Posted by moss
19th July 2019ce

Trethevy Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Greenstone platform found at Trethevy


An archaeological excavation at Trethevy Quoit near Darite has made an exciting discovery which means that our understanding of the prehistoric site will have to be reassessed.

Between 9th and 13th July, more than thirty volunteers took part in the dig, which was supervised by Andy Jones and Ryan Smith of the Cornwall Archaeological Unit.

A geophysical survey had been undertaken in the field around the monument earlier this year and recorded a number of below-ground anomalies, which were targeted through excavation.

The largest below-ground feature was positioned close to the Quoit itself and, on investigation, this was found to be a significant platform of greenstone. The material had been quarried locally and brought to the site. It was clearly an integral part of the monument.

http://www.cornwallheritagetrust.org/exciting-discovery-at-trethevy-quoit-archaeological-dig/
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
15th July 2019ce

County Galway

Replica Iron Age log boat launched on Lough Corrib


A replica of a 2,400-year-old log boat, that lies on the bottom of Lough Corrib, was launched in Co Galway this afternoon.

The prehistoric log boat, built from a single oak timber and some 7.5m long, 0.61m wide and 0.4m deep, has been radiocarbon dated to 754-409 BCE (over 2,400 years ago; the Iron Age).

More: https://www.rte.ie/news/connacht/2019/0706/1060564-galway-log-boat/
ryaner Posted by ryaner
7th July 2019ce

Orkney

Orkney world heritage sites threatened by climate change


The world heritage status of Orkney's archaeological treasures is threatened by climate change, a report has warned.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48840948
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
3rd July 2019ce

Dillyminnen (Promontory Fort)

Bones and wall uncovered at clifftop fort in Aberdeenshire


The first modern archaeological excavation of an ancient clifftop fort in Aberdeenshire has begun.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-48853061
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
3rd July 2019ce

West Kennet (Long Barrow)

"Extinction Rebellion" graffiti condemned


https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/17723559.swindon-extinction-rebellion-condemn-logo-graffiti-on-west-kennet-long-barrow/?fbclid=IwAR3mtk5yO2QtQaa00czwA7-XDN3OEg4scOhryKd1NhSAoMKXF-Z-S675E9o

Recent graffiti depicting the Extinction Rebellion logo which has appeared in West Kennet Long Barrow has been condemned by the Swindon Branch of ER.
tjj Posted by tjj
24th June 2019ce
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