The Modern Antiquarian. Stone Circles, Ancient Sites, Neolithic Monuments, Ancient Monuments, Prehistoric Sites, Megalithic MysteriesThe Modern Antiquarian

Get the TMA Images feed
Latest Posts

Previous 50 | Showing 51-100 of 140,898 posts. Most recent first | Next 50

Holzhauser Kellersteine 2 (Chambered Tomb) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Holzhauser Kellersteine 2</b>Posted by costaexpress<b>Holzhauser Kellersteine 2</b>Posted by costaexpress<b>Holzhauser Kellersteine 2</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
13th July 2020ce

Middleton Muir 4 (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Middleton Muir 4</b>Posted by drewbhoy drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13th July 2020ce

Middleton Muir 3 (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Middleton Muir 3</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 3</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 3</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 3</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 3</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 3</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 3</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 3</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 3</b>Posted by drewbhoy drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13th July 2020ce

Middleton Muir 2 (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

<b>Middleton Muir 2</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 2</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 2</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 2</b>Posted by drewbhoy drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13th July 2020ce

Middleton Muir 1 (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

<b>Middleton Muir 1</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 1</b>Posted by drewbhoy drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
12th July 2020ce

Barclye Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Barclye Cairn</b>Posted by markj99<b>Barclye Cairn</b>Posted by markj99<b>Barclye Cairn</b>Posted by markj99 Posted by markj99
12th July 2020ce

Barclye Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 11.07.20

Barclye Cairn is described in Canmore ID 62933. It is a robbed out cairn 20m across by 1.5m high. There are two earthfast stones which may be the remnants of a cist.

Directions: Take the A75 turn off to Newton Stewart at the large roundabout. Follow the town centre to the end of Victoria Street & bear left across the Cree Bridge. Turn L about 50 yards from the end of the bridge into Minnigaff. After 0.5 mile you will see a war memorial on your R.
Take the next L turn after 100 yards. This is a narrow country lane headed to Cree Woods. Follow this lane past Minigaff Parish Church, Boreland Wood and Boreland Farm. Around 0.75 mile after Boreland Farm there is a gate at NX 389 686 (approximately) on the R. There is limited parking here so I chose to go onto Barclye Wood Parking (NX 38604 69482) around 0.5 miles along the lane.
Having walked back to the gateway, I headed N up a slope for 300 yards to a hilltop where Barclye Cairn is prominent.
Drumwhirn Cairn & Barclye Cairn are close together so they can easily be achieved in the same trip.
Posted by markj99
12th July 2020ce

Drumwhirn Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Drumwhirn Cairn</b>Posted by markj99<b>Drumwhirn Cairn</b>Posted by markj99 Posted by markj99
12th July 2020ce

Middleton Muir 1 (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

<b>Middleton Muir 1</b>Posted by drewbhoy drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
12th July 2020ce

Drumwhirn Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Drumwhirn Cairn</b>Posted by markj99 Posted by markj99
12th July 2020ce

Middleton Muir 1 (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

<b>Middleton Muir 1</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Middleton Muir 1</b>Posted by drewbhoy drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
12th July 2020ce

Drumwhirn Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 11.07.20

Directions: Take the A75 turn off to Newton Stewart at the large roundabout. Follow the town centre to the end of Victoria Street & bear left across the Cree Bridge. Turn L about 50 yards from the end of the bridge into Minnigaff. After 0.5 mile you will see a war memorial on your R.
Take the next L turn after 100 yards. This is a narrow country lane headed to Cree Woods. Follow this lane past Minigaff Parish Church, Boreland Wood and Boreland Farm. Around 0.5 mile after Boreland Farm a green lane protected by a deer gate starts at NX 39089 68355 on the R. There is limited parking here so I chose to go onto Barclye Wood Parking (NX 38604 69482) around 0.5 miles along the lane.

Having walked back to the green lane I found the gate immovable so I had to climb the high style beside the gate. Follow the green lane uphill for 300 yards, bearing R at a fork then reach another deer gate 150 yards later. I opened this gate with some difficulty (it was heavy and stiff) and followed the field perimeter NE for around 150 yards to another deer gate. Look L to see Drumwhirn Cairn, a significant pile of stones in the adjacent field around 300 yards away. After another deer gate workout there is a stream to cross on stepping stones before reaching the field. Drumwhirn Cairn is impressive on approach however closer inspection shows significant stone robbing. The summit has been excavated leaving a dirt filled hollow behind.

Drumwhirn Cairn is on a highpoint with extensive views all round. It is around 30 metres across and 5 metres high. It must have been spectacular before Man started messing with it.

Further details of Drumwhirn Cairn can be found at Canmore ID 62929.

Drumwhirn Cairn & Barclye Cairn are close together so they can easily be achieved in the same trip.
Posted by markj99
12th July 2020ce

Carnashach Wood (Cup Marked Stone) — Images

<b>Carnashach Wood</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Carnashach Wood</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Carnashach Wood</b>Posted by drewbhoy<b>Carnashach Wood</b>Posted by drewbhoy drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
12th July 2020ce

Rush (Chambered Tomb) — Fieldnotes

There are some sites that hold an enduring fascination, even though, because of their ruinous condition, they are well past their sell by dates. It could be their location, or the tantalising tales of what once was, or it could be a je ne sais quois, a more regular feeling about a lot of these places. It could also be the grim determination that one feels, that no matter what remains and no matter how insubstantial it is, we will bear witness, gripped as we are by endless curiosity, nagging impulse and barmy nerdishness. It could be any, or all, like Rush today, of these.

Drive or walk north out of Rush village (now an ever-expanding town) on the Skerries road and the first turn on the right is Six Cross Lane. This leads down to the north beach of Rush with its caravan parks and holiday homes. Take this, the more adventurous route, to access the site (There is a track 150 metres further north that leads to an easier route, but it was waterlogged and muddy today and was only suitable for wellies, not my cheap Lidl walking boots).

From the north beach, walk north towards the promontory where the remains lie, rounding a small headland and fording the stream that flows through the deep gully. You can ascend, with mild difficulty, the path where the stream meets the beach. Follow the track past the cabbage fields, east onto the promontory and skirting the cliff-edge and there you have it.

It’s true that keeping one’s expectations low seldom leads to disappointment, and from reading the various sources, I wasn’t expecting much. There are more remains here than I have read about in any of the mentions I’ve found, but when one reads that this was a conical mound, thirty metres in diameter with a ten metre long passage and a 2.4 metre long chamber, one realises that these remains are scant indeed. But today is really about location and sensation and determination and relief.

Three contiguous stones still stand in the undergrowth and cairn rubble that separates the penultimate field of the small promontory from the field beyond. They look like kerbstones. It’s not much to hold on to, they’re not mentioned anywhere else, but there they are. Just over the rubble in the corner of the last field, beside the track, lies a large, loose boulder, said definitively to be from the the tomb. Were this all that remains, other than the written words of what once was, disappointment may have sunk in, but no – what is here ought to be examined and preserved, but probably won’t.

I’d been up the road in Skerries earlier and had gotten lashed on. The two sites I’d visited there deserved more attention than I’d managed, but here the sun had emerged. I’d almost given up when I’d seen the waterlogged, muddy track, had returned to the car and started to head for home. Then the pull kicked in. Fuck it. I turned the car around and sought another route, not fully believing there was a way, but there was a will.

Herity says that the mound “had been more than half-destroyed when W.P. Newenham saw the site in 1838.” I’ve driven past the location many a time and wondered was the whole thing just wiped away, pulled apart and ploughed into the ground. Well not all of it. There are traces still, tantalising, like the sensation one has looking across to distant, private Lambay, just out of reach but still possible. The colours of the day were emerging from the greyness that has dominated this last four or five weeks of this unique pandemicked summer. Sun was breaking through as the rain fled across the Irish sea and I didn’t want to leave but had to.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
12th July 2020ce

Rush (Chambered Tomb) — Miscellaneous

From the SMR at archaeology.ie

Class: Megalithic tomb - passage tomb
Townland: RUSH
Scheduled for inclusion in the next revision of the RMP: Yes
Description: Situated on a small headland south of Loughshinney village. Prior to c. 1838 the site comprised a circular cairn (diam. c. 30m) with a funnel-shaped entrance and a rectangular chamber (L 2.4m; Wth 1.8m). Human bones were found in the chamber and midden material containing a possible microlith (DU008-013003)-) was found underneath (Newenham 1838, 247; Flanagan 1984, 15). Two cist burials were found in the cairn and a third W of the kerbstones (DU008-013002-).The cairn was partially removed by land improvement in 1838, the remainder incorporated into a field boundary. Remains of this field boundary extend almost from the cliff edge for c. 21m NS. Large stones (> 1m diam.) and small stone cairn material are visible within the overgrown field boundary. One large boulder is out lying c.2m south-east of the field boundary. No markings or decoration visible on these stones. Magnetic gradiometry undertaken by the Discovery Programme (Licence 08R247) did not succeed in establishing a location for the passage tomb as a large part of the area had been subject to intensive ploughing. ??

Compiled by: Geraldine Stout ??
Updated by: Christine Baker ??
Date of upload: 15 December 2014
ryaner Posted by ryaner
12th July 2020ce

Rush (Chambered Tomb) — Images

<b>Rush</b>Posted by ryaner<b>Rush</b>Posted by ryaner<b>Rush</b>Posted by ryaner<b>Rush</b>Posted by ryaner<b>Rush</b>Posted by ryaner ryaner Posted by ryaner
11th July 2020ce

Balcunnin (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>Balcunnin</b>Posted by ryaner<b>Balcunnin</b>Posted by ryaner<b>Balcunnin</b>Posted by ryaner ryaner Posted by ryaner
11th July 2020ce

Barnageeragh (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Barnageeragh</b>Posted by ryaner<b>Barnageeragh</b>Posted by ryaner ryaner Posted by ryaner
11th July 2020ce

Langholz (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

At the eastern edge of the forest, about 500m north of Langholz, the Dolmen of Langholz is situated, a megalithic chamber running in a north-south direction. The site, which is part of the Megalithic Routes of Schleswig-Holstein, is in good condition since it was restored in 1977.

It is an extended dolmen, the approximately 2 m × 1 m large rectangular chamber is made of five supporting stones, in the south there is a low entrance stone. It is covered with a capstone, its dimensions are approximately 1.8 m × 1.5 m.

The site was originally covered by a heaped up mound. In the "Atlas of Germany's Megalithic Tombs" by Ernst Sprockhoff, the dolmen is still described as almost completely destroyed.

To visit the site, drive through Langholz on the road Ostseestraße. At the street fork, stay on the Ostseestraße (left) and after about 300 m you'll reach a small car park on the left. Park you car here and walk along the road for another 130m until you come to a small crossing. Turn left here into the road Seeblick. Walk along the road in a northwest direction, after 100m the road turns into a field track. Follow this track for additional 400m until you reach the forest. The tomb is signposted here and is situated in the wood on the left 70m from the track.

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
8th July 2020ce

taken from the on-site Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein information board:

Megalith chamber of Langholz

This free-standing megalith chamber, restored in 1977, was part of an covered megalithic tomb. The construction is known as an extended dolmen, an early form of a large stone grave. The term describes a burial mound with a burial chamber made of at least three supporting stones, which hold at least one stone on top.

Weighty business
Without doubt, the stones in front of us are mighty. So the question is, how did they get into this position? The site is so complex that it required a certain amount of planning. In preparation for transporting the stones, logs were collected and processed so that they could be pulled on them. The production of enough ropes as a pulling aid also probably took a few weeks in advance. The tons of stones could only be moved with enough human or animal traction, the leverage of additional wooden poles and the rolling woods underneath. If the supporting stones were aligned with a lot of strength in the pits prepared for them, the even heavier capstones were placed on them using earth ramps. How long all of this may have been can only be guessed. In any case, a huge amount of work can be expected.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
8th July 2020ce

Burren (Central, W) (Wedge Tomb) — Folklore

Tullygobban (Tulaigh an Ghobáin) is though to be named after the Gobán Saor, the master craftsman of Irish folklore. His wife and child are thought to be buried on this hill. ryaner Posted by ryaner
8th July 2020ce

Cerne Abbas Giant (Hill Figure) — News

Cerne Abbas Giant: Snails show chalk hill figure 'not prehistoric'


Snails have shown an ancient naked figure sculpted into a chalk hillside is unlikely to be prehistoric as hoped, archaeologists have said.

Tests of soil samples extracted from Dorset's Cerne Abbas Giant to determine its exact age have been delayed by the coronavirus epidemic.

They are not due until later in the year.

However, land snail shells found in the samples suggest it may date to medieval times, separate tests have found.

More: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-53313064
ryaner Posted by ryaner
8th July 2020ce
Previous 50 | Showing 51-100 of 140,898 posts. Most recent first | Next 50