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Stonehenge and its Environs

Archaeologists unearth bronze age graves at Stonehenge tunnel site

Exclusive: experts also find neolithic pottery and mysterious C-shaped enclosure at A303 excavation site

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th February 2021ce


New Stone Age: Discovery of massive island ritual site

The spectacular feature in the landscape is likely to have drawn people from all over a Scottish island around 5,000 years ago for ritual and ceremony.

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
21st January 2021ce

Castell Henllys (Hillfort)

Plastic waste found by archaeologists at Pembrokeshire hill-fort

It was not what archaeologists at an ancient Welsh hill-fort expected to find - a mountain of plastic.

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
9th January 2021ce


England's Rock Art (ERA) website to close

The Scottish Rock Art Project have issued the following statement on their Facebook page:

Today we have had the astonishing news that the England’s Rock Art (ERA) website is going to be closed down on 15 January, with no warning or explanation. Those of you that are familiar with the ERA website
will know that, since its launch in 2008, has been the key source of detailed information and images of rock art in England. These detailed records were compiled by trained community teams during the Northumberland and Durham Rock Art Project (NADRAP) and Carved Stones Investigation: Rombalds Moor, and built on the pioneering work of Stan Beckensall and many others, including the Ilkley Archaeology Group and Paul and Barbara Brown. The ERA website also incorporates the digital Beckensall Archive, produced by Aron Mazel of Newcastle University. With the closure of the website, this wealth of information will no longer be publicly accessible.
Let us know what you think, and we'll keep you posted!
tjj Posted by tjj
5th January 2021ce

Ousdale Burn (Broch)

Caithness Iron Age stone tower conserved

Conservation work has been completed on an Iron Age drystone tower that was damaged by Victorian archaeologists.

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
8th December 2020ce

Stony Littleton (Long Barrow)

Damage to Neolithic monument under investigation

English Heritage and Avon and Somerset Police are seeking witnesses after vandals daubed graffiti at Stoney Littleton Long Barrow, a 5,000 year old Neolithic chambered tomb at Wellow near Bath.

Stoney Littleton Long Barrow is a Scheduled Ancient Monument in the care of English Heritage. It is one of the country’s finest accessible examples of a Neolithic chambered tomb dating from about 3500 BC.


Vandals who daubed red handprints on a Neolithic monument may have damaged it permanently, heritage experts fear.
moss Posted by moss
2nd December 2020ce

Highland (Mainland)

'Benefits' of roadworks to archaeology reviewed

The potential benefits to archaeology of road building projects is being reviewed by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
2nd December 2020ce


Prehistoric Rock Artists Were Stoned, Archaeologists Finally Prove

Altered states of consciousness have been posited for the artists of antiquity and finally archaeologists have found the smoking datura in California – but stress it neither proves nor disproves shamanic ritual

Were artists centuries ago stoned to the gills when painting or engraving on cave walls? The possible use of intoxicants in the artistic process during prehistory has been fiercely debated in archaeological and anthropological circles, as is the meaning of the depictions. It has never been proved one way or the other.

There could be different motives behind – and meanings ascribed to – art created in southeast Asia 60,000 years ago, the glorious animal images of paleo-Western Europe and fairly recent cave drawings in the Americas. Some may whisper of secretive shamanistic practices and maybe others were made by bored teenagers with ocher to spare. We cannot say all were driven by the same urges, but now, for the first time, researchers have proven the consumption of an intoxicant in a place where rock art was created: Pinwheel Cave, California, which had been used during the late prehistoric period and through the colonial period.

The archaeologists couldn’t prove directly that the early Californians were buzzing when decorating the cave. But they could demonstrate that quids (wads of masticated plant matter like quids of chewing tobacco) rammed into crevices in the cave ceiling contained the hallucinogenic agent datura, among other things.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
25th November 2020ce

Na Dromannan (Stone Circle)

Tour a lost stone circle on the Isle of Lewis that has not been seen for 4,000 years

It was lost to layers of peat over thousands of years with the ancient site hidden from view.

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
19th November 2020ce

Coolnagarrane (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Investigation launched after Cork standing stone reinstated by farmer and druids

An investigation has begun into a west Cork farmer who reinstated a fallen Bronze Age standing stone on his land with the help of two druids.

The stone had been knocked over more than a decade ago by a bull who was using it as a scratching post.

The National Monuments Service confirmed it had begun an investigation into the actions of Donal Bohane on land rented from his cousin at Coolnagarrane, Skibbereen.
moss Posted by moss
12th November 2020ce
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