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Achnacree (Chambered Tomb) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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South Lanarkshire — News

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.

http://www.archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Public/displayProductDetail.asp?id={4ED1A69D-996A-4D30-A92A-5FC7CFD6099F}

Hard copies are £25.

Free PDF of full publication from this link.

http://www.archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Public/download.asp?id={F70B0E82-8EC0-4A15-8E8A-C9CE826C2AF8}

What a story.

Arran — Images

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Cairnholy (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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

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Druid Auchencar (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Stonehenge (Circle henge) — Images

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Chauvet Cave (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Links

Cave Of Forgotten Dreams


Watch the full Hertzog documentary on YT. There are a few full versions.

https://youtu.be/q2J8kC7l650

Black Cave (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images

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Kintraw (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Wiltshire — News

Long Barrow business rates for storage


You couldn't really make this up.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/29/uks-first-pagan-burial-tomb-5000-years-hit-business-rates-bill/

Clach Ossian (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

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Newlaw Hill 1 (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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

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Raeburnfoot (Bank Barrow) — Fieldnotes

A return visit to this huge, long structure bedded into its peaty hillside on a massive area of reedy marshy upland unimproved hill grazing.
I found some notes from my last visit which I am reproducing below.
Although three months earlier in the season than my last visit in December 2013, I was hardly five minutes from the car when a squall of freezing September rain came down in sheets utterly soaking me. The bitter rain had elements of hail and was driven by a chill wind. Be prepared. Eskdalemuir can be bleak even in September. By the time I summited the terminus cairn on the bank barrow it was sunny again. My lovely camera refused to work or even switch on despite the batteries being fully charged. I took some pitiful pictures with a steam-powered mobile which do not do the site justice. Another visit beckons... low Winter sun methinks.
The monument is long (currently estimated at 650 metres) and the terminus cairn is around 5 feet high. You cannot see the bottom from the top! Even walking down to where the North East rampart of the Roman Camp cuts across... the lower end of the bank barrow is nowhere to be seen. The scale starts to kinda sink in.
Rebecca Jones notes the deliberate siting of the North East "Stracathro Gate" atop the raised ground of the bank barrow and it is hard to interpret it in any other way. It was kinda cool to see this diagonal bank and ditch cutting out from the Roman ramparts... this site has the only known upstanding examples of this type of gate in the world. The general consensus is that the "Stracathro Gated" Roman Camps (they are only found in Scotland) date from the Agricolan Period and given this camp's location it is likely to date from the first couple of years of the campaign (79 - 80 AD).
There is another mighty Roman presence nearby with a big permanent Antonine fort's huge earthworks sited between Raeburnfoot Farm and the White Esk. Along the short stretch of farm road there are also the earthworks of two substantial settlements and aside from the bank barrow, the Lamb Knowe hill has a number of tantalising enclosures as well. With the Girdlestanes and Loupin' Stanes just a stone's throw away plus an enviable array of forts, settlements and earthworks across Castle O'er and Bessie's Hill this is a wee corner which could take years to explore properly.



Raeburnfoot 16.12.13

It was a straightforward scoot down the old A77 from Crawford zigzagging under the modern M77. Exit at Beattock heading for Moffat. The low winter sun was at its highest and I wanted to try and photograph some shadows on the lengthy earthwork to try and get some definition before the valley lost the light in the mid-afternoon.
I pulled into Eskdalemuir just in time for the rain to start. Take the little turn off marked B7060 to Jedburgh and as soon as you cross the bridge over the White Esk take a left and cross the Clerkhill Burn pull off the road into the farm track on the left signposted “Raeburnfoot”. Drive on and turn sharp left (steep uphill) at the first farmhouse. The road deteriorates after this and it might be advisable for those without 4 wheel drives to park at the side of the road. My wee VW Polo managed okay (just!) but be warned there are large potholes and the sharpness of the camber scraped my undercarriage/ sump a few times. This stretch of farm road is about three quarters of a mile long and brings you to Raeburnfoot Farm where the road forks in two.
There are plenty of places to leave a car here without getting in the way of farm vehicles. This is the point to park if you want to take in the Roman Fort en route to the Bank Barrow. The fort defences are in great shape and still present a challenge to get across. At the far side of the fort the ground starts to slope up and the start of the bank barrow can be seen in the centre of the slope in the short pasture.
If you want to avoid the Romans altogether there is a more direct route to the bank barrow. Instead of parking up... keep going and take the right hand road at the fork and continue through a gate which bars the road (be sure and close it after you). There are a few little areas on the left after the gate where it is quite safe to pull in and park out of the way. You will see a wee burn flowing under the road at the gate. Follow it upstream keeping in to its left bank. Five or ten minutes of proper striding and you will view the terminus cairn on the skyline and then crest the hill.
During my visit the driving rain turned to sleet when I got to the top of the hill. The site is on rough hill pasture with long grass and heather masking out a lot of the definition of this enormous structure. By following the Bank Barrow downhill for a few hundred yards you can get more of a perspective (though at no point can you see the whole monument) and the sheer scale kinda hits you! It is enormous!

Raeburnfoot (Bank Barrow) — Images

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North Sannox (Cairn(s)) — Images

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North Sannox 2 (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

This site has been clear-felled. Though I should stress the ground is NOT clear. It is an almost un-navigable wastleand of treestumps, holes, deep tyre-ruts and such-like. The cairns where I have been able to locate them, have ALL been respected by the plantation fellers. However the ground surrounding the cairn resembles The Somme in 1917. Here is the current state of North Sannox 2 which I was completely unable to locate last year despite the clear-felling. It was just too much of a wild jumble...

https://canmore.org.uk/collection/1665555

Canmore's photo perfectly shows the same orientation in my first "forested" photo of the chamber back in July 2012 when it was deep in Spruce Plantation.

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South Ayrshire — News

Council celebrates staffing cuts by building a "Stonehenge" style monument on a roundabout


Couldn't make it up.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/stonehenge-comes-ayr-town-centre-11719847

Perth and Kinross — News

Big Nosed Pict found at the A9/ A85 Interchange


Big Nosed Pict found at the A9/ A85 Interchange

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/significant-pictish-stone-unearthed-road-11461229


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pictish-carving-large-nosed-warrior-found-scotland-180967091/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

The Great X of Kilmartin (Stone Row / Alignment) — Images

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Slaterich (Cist) — Links

Slaterich Cists


Cists.

Slaterich (Cist) — Images

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Orkney — News

"The IKEA of Neolithic sites"


Skara Brae made Number Nine in The Daily Record's top ten of Trip Advizer scathing reviews of Scottish Tourist Attractions.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/scotland-now/10-times-tourists-scotland-were-10934794

Lovely.

Creag Dhubh (Hillfort) — Images

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Allt Carn Bhain (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Allt Carn Bhain (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Site visit 13 July 2017

I always find myself at North Sannox for a few hours each year. My OH does a pony trek up Glen Sannox each year when we visit Arran... so I have a little free time on my hands. The reference on Canmore to a chambered cairn on the slope below the fort on Torr Reamhar was intriguing. No-one noticed what it was till the 1990's? Well, new old things are turning up all the time on Arran... I was leg-knackered from conquering Goatfell the day before so this was going to be a gentle strool and an appropriately sedate pace.
I struck uphill from the farm at North Sannox staying on the improved pasture side of the wire fence. The fields have a few sheep and are used for grazing ponies and horses too. Once at the level of the Communications Mast (just a couple of hundred feet up) strike out across the side of the hill staying on the contour line. You cross a stream and the wee path carries you directly across the hillside to a large pile of stones. This isn't the cairn you are looking for - but a mighty cairn it certainly is (even if Canmore and OS haven't noticed it yet).
Keep going acroos the side of the hill. A few hundred feet above on the skyline, the steep sided rocky stump which is topped by Torr An T' Sean Chaisteil looks over the North Sannox Valley (it is a marvellous hillfort site and a beautiful viewpoint but there was no time on this outing).
The Allt Carn Bhain cairn comes into view a little below and just on the other side of an old field boundary. It is an easy stroll down and across.
The cairn is quite substantial though it has been ripped-oot at some point. The bleached white bones of a sheep lie at the East End in a deep scoop. The West End of the cairn is marked by a massive triangular conglomerate boulder jutting out of the small hillside terrace like a tooth. Among the granite stones and boulders lie out-of-place and odd-looking river and beach rolled stones. Within the cairn material a few upright slabs can be made out and there is what appears to be a partial chamber in a hollow on the North side.
I ate a sandwich and had some juice while perched on the big triangular conglomerate boulder, peering down at the Lochranza Road. I watched two Golden Eagles fly in from the crooked corrie of The Devil's Punchbowl at the end of the Goatfell Ridge and then made my way down to the the old ruins of the clearance township at the bottom of the hill. I walked out along to North Sannox Farm to wait for my OH returning from her pony trek. While I sat I got chatting to a woman now living in Vancouver, who, it turned out, half a centuiry ago grew up three streets away from me in a town in Ayrshire and went to school with my late brother. I didn't dare tell her that by a pure fluke I had a Canadian Flag in the boot of my car. Small world.

Allt Carn Bhain (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Giants' Graves (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Newgrange (Passage Grave) — Images

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I live in Scotland with my other half and my twelve year old son.
I grew up looking across the Firth of Clyde to Arran. I first visited the island in 1980. I've gone back a few times every year since.

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