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Jersey — News

Rare Bronze Age spearhead discovered intact in Jersey


A rare and complete metal spearhead dating back thousands of years to the Bronze Age has gone on display in Jersey after being found on the island.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-56195939

West Mainland — News

Mystery of prehistoric skeleton found by farmer close to Skara Brae on Orkney


A well-preserved skeleton which could be more than 4,000 years old has been found by a farmer close to Skara Brae on Orkney.

More info :

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/mystery-of-prehistoric-skeleton-found-by-farmer-close-to-skara-brae-on-orkney-3140939

Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham (Region) — News

Hundreds of stone age tools found on Denbighshire housing site


An archaeological dig at a site earmarked for housing has uncovered more than 300 stone age tools and artefacts.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56106312

Aberdeenshire (County) — News

North-east archaeological group wins national award after bringing the past to life in Deeside


There are no whips or sable fedora hats among the men, women and children who search for ancient artefacts across Aberdeenshire.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/nostalgia/2894185/north-east-archaeological-group-wins-national-award-after-bringing-the-past-to-life-in-deeside/

Wittenham Clumps and Castle Hill (Hillfort) — News

‘Astonishing’ dig reveals domestic life in the iron age


A large settlement, a Roman villa and many household objects are among the discoveries at an ancient site in Oxfordshire

More info :

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/14/astonishing-dig-reveals-domestic-life-in-the-iron-age

St. Kilda — News

Evidence St Kilda was inhabited 2,000 years ago


Scotland's remote St Kilda archipelago was inhabited as long as 2,000 years ago, according to archaeologists.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-55995799

West Mainland — News

Archaeologists have discovered a Neolithic settlement 'on par' with the world famous Skara Brae


A 5,000-year-old settlement has been discovered in the Bay of Skaill, Orkney
It could rival the world famous Skara Brae and give new insights into ancient life
It was found after coastal erosion unearthed animal bones and a carved stone
The site is already under serious risk from climate change and rising sea levels

More info :

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9246025/Archaeologists-discovered-Neolithic-settlement-near-Skara-Brae.html

Bonlee Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

The remnants of a cairn remain on the north east flank of Bonlee Hill.

Perhaps a hut circle, but more likely to be a cairn going by it's footprint and lack of hut circle normalities. It sits at 6m wide and is 0.4m tall. Stones appear amongst the burnt heather.

I would think there is a great deal more to see on Bonlee Hill, but it might be difficult to find.

Superb views north towards Dalrossach and Culquoich.

Visited 23/12/2020.

Lump of Bonlee (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

From Craig Glas head west through a low lying marsh until a small sream which has to be jumped, once up onto drier or firmer land you have reached the Lump of Bonlee. Heather burning has revealed several hut circles and a cairn in the area, perhaps more sites will be revealed with further burning.

NJ4004207911 could well be a small hut circle or a wee cairn that has been houked. It is 5m wide.

NJ4009507733 possibly another houked out cairn.

NJ4005007769 One of the better preserved hut circles, it sits at almost 9m wide.

NJ4000407775 Another quite well preserved hut circle, this one is just over 6m wide.

Visited 23/12/2020.

Craig Glas (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

To be honest there isn't much to see at the cairn at Craig Glas, however it is situated amongst some beautiful scenery.

I parked at Pronie Loch, walked south on the A97 until a gate with a track heading west. This track meets a smaller track which heads to the top of Craig Glas, stunning scenery as Morven towers to the west, to the north Dalrossach & Culquoich, the south has Deecastle and east has the prehistory laden Cromar area.

The site is on the west side of the hill and is difficult to spot as it is well hidden by the heather. However it's position is given away by the cairn's central point poking through the vegetation. Kerbs appear to be on the north side.

It's a beautiful day, better head over to Bonhill, via a marsh.

Visited 23/12/2020.

Linsidemore (Cairn(s)) — Links

Canmore


Details of the possible kerb or chamber cairn.

Linsidemore (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Linsidemore looks to be a very good site, however notices on the gates didn't appear to be very friendly so settled for a road side photo, plus with the current situation it was better to settle for the view and then head back home.

The Canmore link will give details of the site.

On the north side of the A837, a couple miles west of the Shin Bridge, clearly visible from the road.

Visited 17/10/2020.

Creag Sron Chrubaidh (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Creag Sron Chrubaidh was the last stop on a very good day and judging by the photographs it appears to be fairly light, it wasn't and darkness was approaching fast.

The spectacular cliffs of Blair Nam cliffs provided a magnificent backdrop.

This is perhaps a kerb cairn, as kerbs remain in place but being a meter high, at least, and with it's collapsed centre it is more likely to be a chamber cairn. Most of the stones are moss covered in the site which stands at 8m wide.

We parked at the car park Inchnadamph and walked south on the A837, before heading up the slopes of Blair Nam.

Great end to a great day.

Visited 16/10/2020.

Stonehenge and its Environs — News

Archaeologists unearth bronze age graves at Stonehenge tunnel site


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

More info :

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/feb/04/archaeologist-unearth-bronze-age-graves-stonehenge-a303-tunnel-site

Arran — News

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.

More info :

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/new-stone-age-discovery-massive-island-ritual-site-3105420?amp

Castell Henllys (Hillfort) — News

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.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55573129

Achadh Na H-aghan (Long Cairn) — Fieldnotes

On climbing back up to the crash barrier I looked back down to discover that according to Canmore, and myself later on, that I'd been standing on the Acadh Na H-aghan Long Cairn. It is the shortest of distances from the two nearby chamber cairns.

The site appears to be undisturbed mostly turf covered, however some patches of stonework are visible. It is 33m long, 14 m wide and at least 2m high. Hopefully more work will be carried out by these busy Assynt Hidden Lives people.

With that I hauled my legs back up the hill for a last look down. No tumbling to report.

Surprise site.

16/10/2020.

Knockan (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Like Mr G and Carl I climbed down the steep hill to the two sites, and like Mr G the encroaching dark light was becoming a factor.

Both sites are as previously described except that whilst looking around I thought I was standing on top of cairn to get a better view. So instead of climbing up and down once, I climbed up and down twice. The second time, to get a better view of this extra site

Visited 16/10/2020.

Glacbain (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Sitting above the A835, after Elphin heading north, park nearer the bridge crossing the River Ledmore than at the site if heading south, much safer.

A fairly easy climb up a grass covered slope leads to the easily spotted site. However once on the flat watch out some marshier areas. The kerb cairn is over 4m wide and still has the remains of a cist. Look almost straight north into Cam Loch and the crannog 'Eilean An Tighe' can be seen. If I'd known this at the time I'd have gone for a look.

Great wee site!

Visited 16/10/2020.

East Brathens (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Crathes Castle Policies (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Woodbine Cottage (Artificial Mound) — Images

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Ferrar West (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Morven (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Gourdon Hill (Long Barrow) — Images

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