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Historic England releases map based on 500,000 aerial pictures

"More than half a million aerial images of historical sites in England have been used for a new mapping tool.

Photographs and 3D laser scans have been taken over the past 30 years to uncover "hidden archaeological landscapes", Historic England said... continues...
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
8th October 2021ce

Uffington White Duck

Those zany National Truss People really had me going then.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
1st April 2017ce

Environment Agency LiDAR - open data

"From September 2015 all our LIDAR data will become Open Data and everyone will be able to use it for free."

Although primarily used for flood risk assessment, there will be lots of archaeology to see.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16th July 2015ce

English Heritage to become charity by 2015

English Heritage has been given £80m in the government's Spending Review as part of plans for the organisation to become a charity. Some of the £80m awarded by the government will help to set up the charity so it will be fully operational by March 2015.
Chance Posted by Chance
28th June 2013ce

English Heritage and British Museum commission study into illegal metal detecting

English Heritage and the British Museum are so alarmed they have commissioned a £100,000 study into the practice. It could lead to new legislation to combat offenders.

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10th July 2007ce
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Some information that may be of use to TMA-ers looking at OS maps of England and Wales, from "Field Archaeology - Some Notes For Beginners Issued by the Ordnance Survey" (1963 - Fourth edition), chapter entitled "Tumuli":

"Today the term tumulus is reserved for those earthen mounds either known or presumed to be covering burials. Formerly a class of larger mounds, now known to belong to early medieval castles also received this name in error ..., but now are given their correct technical description or are described as 'Mound' in the appropriate type. All piles of stones are called cairns whether their funerary character is known or not, but the use of an 'antiquity' type will mean that the Survey believes it to be sepulchral. In some very lofty situations it will be obvious that they are not graves. Where a mound has a local name which clearly indicates the belief that it is a burial place the descriptive name tumulus is not added."
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
20th January 2009ce
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You can download EH's Archaeological Monograph on 'The Neolithic Flint Mines of England' (1999) by Topping, Barger and Field, from the ADS website.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th December 2014ce

Ancient Craft

Ancient craft is dedicated to the archaeology of primitive crafts and technologies that encompass the three prehistoric ages: STONE; BRONZE and IRON. This includes working with materials such as stone (also known as "flintknapping"), wood, bone, horn, leather, metals and cloth (plant fibres, and wools).

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Chance Posted by Chance
8th April 2014ce

Portable Antiquities Scheme Database

"The Scheme's database holds records of artefacts and coins found by the public, whilst pursuing a wide range of activities (the majority from metal detecting). We do not record details of objects found by archaeologists, and these data can be found within the local Historic Environment Office."

"The half a million objects recorded mark was reached on March 21st 2010."
Chance Posted by Chance
25th July 2012ce
Edited 25th July 2012ce

Early British Trackways, Moats, Mounds, Camps, and Sites

A Lecture given to the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club, at Hereford, September, 1921, by Alfred Watkins

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Chance Posted by Chance
10th July 2010ce

Grave-mounds and their contents

Grave-mounds and their contents
a manual of archaeology, as exemplified in the burials of the Celtic, the Romano-British, and the Anglo-Saxon periods

by Llewellynn Frederick William Jewitt
Published in 1870, Groombridge (London)

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Chance Posted by Chance
25th March 2010ce

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Lob Wells Shelter (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Lob Wells Shelter</b>Posted by Craig Fielding Posted by Craig Fielding
6th December 2022ce

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Abstractions Based on Circles

Papers on prehistoric rock art presented to Stan Beckensall on his 90th birthday
Edited by Paul Frodsham and Kate Sharpe.
Free download.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
2nd December 2022ce

Combe Gibbet (Long Barrow) — Fieldnotes

Saturday 26th November 2022

It was a suitably overcast and windy afternoon that lent a sense of foreboding to this site. Visible far away on the approach road to the east, high on the hill overlooking the valley, the double gibbet stood out against the landscape like a Cross at Golgotha. Even from the nearby car park at the foot of hill, one can only pause for private thought before drawing closer.

Combe Gibbet. Gallows Hill. Macabre names that cast a shroud over the site’s true name and original purpose. Inkpen Long Barrow (c. 3,400-2,400 BC) was once a place where the venerated dead were buried, until 1676, when the locals drove a 25 foot stake through it’s heart, to suspend the damned for all to see.

Those who were originally buried there are long forgotten, as it seems is the Long Barrow to most visitors, except to those in the know. The story of the gibbet is more familiar in folklore, used to display the bodies of lovers George Broomham and Dorothy Newman, who murdered Broomham’s wife Martha and son Robert. The gibbet was only ever used to hang their chained corpses as a deterrent, and never used again. The original structure rotted centuries ago, and replaced seven times, most recently in 1992.

The Long Barrow is an impressive 60 metres in length and 22 metres wide. Three counties spread out across the horizon in front of it, which would tempt one to linger a while, even on a day when the long grass whips wildly in a bitingly cold wind. Looking over the horizon to the west, comes the comfort that Avebury lies within reach.

Given the predilection of God fearing Christians of the time to destroy and condemn ancient sites as bedrocks of the old religion, it’s all too easy to believe Inkpen Long Barrow was chosen deliberately for this purpose. The simple truth is that Broomham and Newman were respectively from the nearby villages of Combe and Inkpen, with both settlements agreeing to subscribe towards the cost of the gibbet and affix it midway between the two.

Inkpen Long Barrow is a different experience to visiting similar Neolithic barrows for the reasons explained above. The myths that are often attached to such sites are in this case, based on tragic fact than colourful legend. Walking back down the hill, you might feel the need to check behind you, just to be sure the gallows remain unoccupied…
Spiddly Posted by Spiddly
30th November 2022ce

Henley Bank (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

<b>Henley Bank</b>Posted by Weaver Posted by Weaver
9th November 2022ce

Graves Park Round Barrow. (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Of disputed antiquity, though derscribed in the Norton Park review report 2019 thus -

"Within the Park itself, there is a possible Bronze Age Barrow (ref:
00872/01 – MSY4312) listed as an ‘unditched earth mound 1.4m high. This was identified by W.A.
Timperley in an archaeological report ‘Discoveries at Oakes Park, Norton’ published in the
Derbyshire Archaeological Journal vol. 71, in 1951, where he states, “Mounds. Several have been
found some certainly barrows, long and round, others may be. One in Graves Park is probably a
Bronze Age round barrow. Another is being excavated and has been shown to cover artificially
worked rock in which there are cysts.” It is also speculated that the ‘barrow’ in Graves Park was
constructed as a ‘tree mound’, a later feature related to the eighteenth-century landscaping of
Norton Park or is a former round pillow mound (rabbit warren) associated with the early medieval
deer park. It could be any of these with an earlier burial mound being later re-used several times.
In the later twentieth century, the mound was used as a platform for a sculpture created as part of
a trail through the park. During the current landscape surveys, several long, linear boundary
features (now heavily degraded) have been discerned. The precise date for these is still to be
determined but the major one which runs close by the possible barrow also overlain by a
confirmed medieval wood and in doing so descends a very steep slope. This feature is suggested by
archaeologists to be prehistoric and possibly either Bronze Age or late Neolithic in origin".
harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
6th November 2022ce

Graves Park Round Barrow. (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

<b>Graves Park Round Barrow.</b>Posted by harestonesdown harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
6th November 2022ce

Ecclesall Woods 3 — Fieldnotes

Possibly a 3rd piece of rock art in the woodland. jury is out on this one discovered recently. harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
3rd November 2022ce

Ecclesall Woods 3 — Images

<b>Ecclesall Woods 3</b>Posted by harestonesdown harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
3rd November 2022ce

Randwick Long Barrow — Images

<b>Randwick Long Barrow</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>Randwick Long Barrow</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
2nd November 2022ce
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