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Project plans to map out a major part of Doggerland

On the Guardian web site today.
mascot Posted by mascot
9th May 2019ce

Stonehenge (Circle henge)

Missing part of Stonehenge returned 60 years on

A metre-long core from inside the prehistoric stone was removed during archaeological excavations in 1958.

No one knew where it was until Robert Phillips, 89, who was involved in those works, decided to return it.

English Heritage, which looks after Stonehenge, hopes the sample might now help establish where the stones originally came from.

In 1958 archaeologists raised an entire fallen trilithon - a set of three large stones, consisting of two that would have stood upright with the third placed horizontally across the top.

During the works, cracks were found in one of the vertical stones and in order to reinforce it, cores were drilled through the stone and metal rods inserted.
moss Posted by moss
8th May 2019ce

East Mainland

BA cist on Hill of Heddle

found last week
wideford Posted by wideford
7th May 2019ce

Beltany (Stone Circle)

Shocking vandalism at ancient Beltany monument

ryaner Posted by ryaner
4th May 2019ce


Climate change tests on Orkney's Neolithic sites

International scientists are meeting in Orkney to develop a system for assessing the risks to world heritage sites posed by climate change.

More info :
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th April 2019ce

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 (Circle henge)

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.

More info :
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
12th April 2019ce

Ring of Brodgar (Circle henge)

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
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