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Holmhead (Stone Circle)

‘Amazing’ stone circle was actually built in 1990s by farmer, admit archaeologists

Apparently, the Holmhead RSC was actually built by a previous tenant of the land during the 1990s.

Read about it in this Daily Telegraph report....

... and on the BBC website.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
21st January 2019ce

North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist

'Incredibly rare' find in Western Isles prehistoric forest

Archaeologists have found evidence of early human activity at a submerged prehistoric forest in the Western Isles.

More info :
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th January 2019ce

Highland (Mainland)

Bid to build replica Iron Age tower in Caithness

An archaeological charity is pushing ahead with an ambitious plan to construct a full-size replica of an Iron Age broch.

More info :
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
7th January 2019ce


Recumbent stone circle discovered at north-east farm

A stone circle has been discovered on a farm in the north-east.

The stone circle was found near Leochel-Cushnie and had been unknown to archaeologists until now.

Read the Evening Express report.

Adam Welfare from Historic Environment Scotland said: “In numbering 10 stones it fits the average, but its diameter is about three metres smaller than any known hitherto and it is unusual in that all the stones are proportionately small.”

More information on the Aberdeenshire Council website

See also Aberdeenshire Archaeology Service Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) for more details.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
17th December 2018ce
Edited 19th January 2019ce


Long Barrow business rates for storage

You couldn't really make this up.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
12th December 2018ce

Vespasian's Camp and Blick Mead (Hillfort)

Ancient platform 'damaged' during Stonehenge tunnel work

Archaeologists have accused Highways England of accidentally drilling a large hole through a 6,000-year-old structure near Stonehenge during preparatory work for a tunnel.

The drilling, which is alleged to have taken place at Blick Mead, around a mile and a half from the world-famous neolithic ring of stones, has enraged archaeologists, who say engineers have dug a three-metre-deep hole (10ft) through a man-made platform of flint and animal bone.

Highways England have said they are not aware of any damage to archaeological layers on the site caused by their work and will meet with the archaeological team on Thursday, led by David Jacques, a senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham.......
moss Posted by moss
7th December 2018ce


Hoards ... exhibition at Salisbury Museum

In partnership with the British Museum
Hoards: a Hidden History of Ancient Britain.
Salisbury Museum - until Jan 5th 2019

"In partnership with the British Museum, this exhibition traces the story of hoarding from Bronze Age weapons discovered in the river Thames and the first Iron Age coin hoards, through to hoards buried after the collapse of Roman rule in Britain and in more recent times. It will showcase recent discoveries of hoards reported by finders and archaeologists through the Treasure Act and brings together objects from the British Museum and Salisbury Museum, including the spectacular Ipswich Iron Age gold torcs and new prehistoric and Roman finds from Wessex."

Why have ancient people placed precious objects underwater or in the ground? Were they accidentally lost or stolen, discarded as worthless, saved for recycling, hidden for safekeeping, or offered up to the gods? The archaeological evidence may point to different explanations for the burial of these hoards. Come and find out what careful study of these finds has revealed about the past."

- Saw this today, definitely worth a trip to the historic city of Salisbury.

See British Museum link below for other dates and venues later in 2019, including Ulster Museum, Buxton Museum, IoW and Peterborough.
tjj Posted by tjj
29th November 2018ce

Boyne Valley Complex

Parts of a longboat found by River Boyne anglers are 5,000 years old

Story here:
ryaner Posted by ryaner
23rd November 2018ce

Pembrokeshire (County)

Pembrokeshire treasure hunter unearths Celtic chariot

A metal detectorist has found what is thought to be the first Celtic chariot burial to be uncovered in Wales.

The burial ritual was reserved for high-ranking chiefs who would be interred complete with their chariot, horses, tack and even weapons.

Mike Smith believes his find may point to a huge undiscovered Iron Age settlement nearby.

National Museum Wales describes the finds as "significant and exciting".

The actual location in south Pembrokeshire is being kept secret while archaeologists prepare for a major dig next year.
moss Posted by moss
23rd November 2018ce

Cairns O' The Bu (Broch)

Ancient repairs revealed on Orkney's oldest wooden bowl

Conservation work on an Iron Age bowl found in Orkney has revealed careful 2,000-year-old repairs to it.

More info :
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
8th November 2018ce
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