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Glenquicken (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Visited Glenquicken on a fine winter's day yesterday to check out my favourite local circle. For any potential visitors, be aware that a brand new large segment of forestry has recently been planted towards the lee of Cambret Hill. Won't be an issue for quite a while but, IMHO, it will spoil the site ambience for the future.

High Banks (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

Visited High Banks today with a large group of enthusiasts both local and from further afield. The rock art assemblages appear to still be in good condition compared to images from some years back.
We were very lucky to have a gorgeous afternoon to wander over cattle-free pastures!

Boreland (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

We visited Knockman Wood yesterday in fine weather, doing a complete tour including the Boreland Cairn. The cairn remains undisturbed and clearly work has been done to keep the bracken growth under control, making the cairn easily approached.
The excellent archaeology conducted at the other end of the reserve a few years ago to properly interpret the 18C settlements is now largely obscured by natural regrowth leaving us with interpretation boards to summarise their story. Work all administered by the excellent Creetown Community Trust.

Camas Nan Geall (Chambered Tomb) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Camas Nan Geall (Chambered Tomb) — Fieldnotes

I found the whole "Camas experience" very affecting and ended up sat on a very comfortable boulder at the top of the beach contemplating what the location has meant to so many successive generations of inhabitants.
The standing stone inscribed cross also appears to have a carved dog above the cross.
There is good parking up at the roadside with a good quality track leading down to the site.

Dunstanburgh Castle (Promontory Fort) — Images

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Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — News

Ness of Brodgar

Current Archaeology - 9 page article

Stonehenge and its Environs — News


This weekend's EH event:

Castlerigg (Stone Circle) — Images

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Dunnottar Castle (Cliff Fort) — Images

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Wiltshire — News

Burial Mound Near Stonehenge To Be Excavated

Poulnabrone (Portal Tomb) — Images

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Visitor centre at Orkney gets "go-ahead"

Beacon Hill (Hillfort) — Images

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Knap of Howar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — News

Orkney guided tour

Nicholas Cope, interpreter of The Knap of Howar and the Golden Mean ratio, leads a guided tour of all the prime Orkney sites, including the Knap, from 7 July. It's not cheap, but if you're interested, there's a link on his FB page.

The Standing Stones of Stenness (Circle henge) — Images

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Duntulm (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images

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Highland (Mainland) — News

Grey Cairns of Camster

A blog by Magnus Dixon on his visit to The Grey Cairns of Camster, near Watten

Orkney — News

Article on the Ness of Brodgar

Informative article on the Ness from 2015

South Clettraval (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Barpa Langass (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Knap of Howar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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Sanday — Images

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Achnabreck (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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Churchill Village Stones (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

A number of my paternal grandmother's ancestors were baptised and then buried at this church, so I feel I'm sort of entitled to a guess on all this. It has the fingerprints of wealthy church benefactor all over it. Maybe they were originally in the wooded site and got moved.........some of those holes may be a clue!

Sanday — Images

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Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — News

2015 season starts

The new dig season got off to a VERY wet start yesterday with all mucking-in today to catch up on the process of preparing the site for further excavation. Excellent overview to a large group of visitors by Roy Towers..........managed to complete JUST before another squall came in !

Banks (Chambered Tomb) — Fieldnotes

Visited on July 6th, finding the site greatly altered since our first visit in 2012. The tomb has seen no great changes.......just a large and thick sheet of fibreglass forming part of the roof, and a iron grille with padlock for security purposes.
The Skerries Bistro is now housed in a large modern steel building at the "front" of the site with adjoining visitor centre. Carol now handles the indoor, hands-on part of the visit, with Hamish showing you around the tomb structure (between bailing out water from the floor!) They continue to resist attempts of a "takeover" and thoughts of a raised false roof. No desire currently to excavate further any of the chambers.
Both Carol & Hamish are very open about the very blinkered approach of the local authorities which has strengthened their desire to leave well alone for the moment. A visit now costs £6 and the bistro fayre is even better!

Stonehenge and its Environs — Images

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Nether Largie North (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Worlebury (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

For those who wish a less arduous visit, Worlebury Camp can be reached by car (to a car park) by approaching it at high level from Worle village

Beinn A'Charra (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Grianan of Ailech (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images

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A member of the Leicestershire Fieldwalking Group prior to migration to Galloway in 2009. Main current interest is rock art.

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