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South Lanarkshire

The Howburn Book "Reindeer Hunters at Howburn Farm, South Lanarkshire"

The Book of Howburn published towards the end of last year...

Full report of the late Upper Paleolithic findings from from Howburn Farm a little North of Biggar. Over ten years in the making, the work is dedicated to the memory of Alan Saville of the National Museums of Scotland who was a great supporter of Biggar Archaeology Group's prehistoric work and who died during the preparation of the book. Alan should have been co-author of the lithics side of the project. The book is dedicated to his memory. Similarly, some of Biggar Archaeology Group have also sadly passed away in the interim; Fiona Christison, Denise Dudds, Ian Paterson and Janet Ward, all stalwarts of BAG, and all fondly remembered.{4ED1A69D-996A-4D30-A92A-5FC7CFD6099F}

Hard copies are £25.

Free PDF of full publication from this link.{F70B0E82-8EC0-4A15-8E8A-C9CE826C2AF8}

What a story.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
17th April 2019ce

Stonehenge (Stone Circle)

Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders

The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown.

Researchers in London compared DNA extracted from Neolithic human remains found in Britain with that of people alive at the same time in Europe.

The Neolithic inhabitants appear to have travelled from Anatolia (modern Turkey) to Iberia before winding their way north.

They reached Britain in about 4,000BC.

Details have been published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

The migration to Britain was just one part of a general, massive expansion of people out of Anatolia in 6,000BC that introduced farming to Europe.

Before that, Europe was populated by small, travelling groups which hunted animals and gathered wild plants and shellfish.

One group of early farmers followed the river Danube up into Central Europe, but another group travelled west across the Mediterranean.

DNA reveals that Neolithic Britons were largely descended from groups who took the Mediterranean route, either hugging the coast or hopping from island-to-island on boats.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
16th April 2019ce

The Fairy Knowe (Chambered Cairn)

Neolithic dog reveals tales behind Orkney's monuments

The head of a dog that lived on Orkney 4,500 years ago has been recreated in what experts believe is the world’s first canine forensic reconstruction.

The dog had been domesticated in the Neolithic era on the Scottish island archipelago, but still carried wolf-like characteristics, standing about the size of a large collie, according to Historic Environment Scotland (HES) which jointly commissioned the reconstruction with the National Museum of Scotland.

It was reconstructed by a forensic artist – using techniques similar to those by crime scene investigators – from one of 24 dog skulls that were excavated by archaeologists in Cuween Hill, a delicate passage tomb on Orkney’s Mainland, and which have been radiocarbon-dated to 2,500BC.
moss Posted by moss
13th April 2019ce

Scotland (Country)

Artists draw on Scotland's Neolithic past

Artists have drawn on Scotland's Neolithic past to create a series of new illustrations.

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
12th April 2019ce

Ring of Brodgar (Stone Circle)

Police appeal after Brodgar damage

Some idiot has seen fit to engrave some graffiti on to one of the stones at Brodgar.

Report and picture of the damage in the Orcadian
Ravenfeather Posted by Ravenfeather
11th April 2019ce

County Limerick

NMI recovers Bronze Age axe illegally detected in Adare

A miniature Bronze Age axe head was handed over to the National Museum of Ireland after pictures emerged of it on social media.

The axe was discovered through illegal metal detecting in Adare, Co Limerick.

NMI Keeper of Irish Antiquities Maeve Sikora said a member of the public alerted the museum to the images and the axe was recovered following an investigation by gardaí.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
8th April 2019ce

Highland (Mainland)

Trust buys Torridon's Ben Shieldaig and its ancient wood

A conservation charity has bought a west Highlands hill and its area of ancient Caledonian pinewood and native birchwood.

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23rd March 2019ce

Skara Brae (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Skara Brae women archaeologists who were written out of history

An "excavation" on social media has provided names for four women shown in pictures of a dig in Orkney.

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
22nd March 2019ce


Bronze Age Cist discovered near Wooler

Human remains thought to date back 4,000 years have been discovered during building work at the Tankerville Arms Hotel in Wooler.

Contained human remains in crouched position but no artefacts reported at this time.

More data and photos at link below

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mascot Posted by mascot
20th March 2019ce

Aden Country Park (Megalithic Cemetery)

Dig planned at rare 'Neolithic mortuary' in Aberdeenshire

Archaeologists hope to carry out a fresh dig at what they believe could be the site of a 5,500-year-old "mortuary" in Aberdeenshire.

More info :
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20th March 2019ce
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