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Barrow Hill, Higham Marshes (Sacred Hill)


You can see a picture of the Porosphaera beads (mentioned above by Gladman) in this article by Christopher Duffin: 'Herbert Toms (1874–1940), Witch Stones, and Porosphaera Beads'. Herbert Toms collected lots of folklore about naturally perforated stones. It's in Folklore v.122, April 2011.

The Glebe Cairn (Cairn(s))


David Lyons' photo of the very fancily-decorated Bronze Age pot found inside the Glebe Cairn.

Melancoose Round (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Historic England

Includes a photo of the round from 2008. I suppose the fact the road goes through it suggests it's the original route to the round?!

Ellon (relocated) (Stone Circle)


As you can read, the people at Canmore didn't seem very convinced by the authenticity of this site back in 2011, but I sensed a more sympathetic view from their site visit of 2016. There is one quite large stone, 1.4m long by 0.8m broad and 0.6m thick. The stones were moved to the north bank of the river in the 1930s.

Stony Littleton (Long Barrow)

Internet Archive

Sir Richard Colt Hoare's account of the barrow, with super cross-section illustrations and one of the entrance, published in Archaeologia volume 19 (1821).

Carreg Hir (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust

A photo of the stone, rather weirdly sitting in its concrete plinth in the grounds of Cwrt Sart comprehensive school.


Wiltshire Museum, Devizes

Photos of the weird and lovely 'grape cups' (aka incense cups) found in the region.

Northern Ireland

PRONI Historical Maps Viewer

Historical Ordnance Survey NI maps with stones and so on marked, courtesy of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

The Split Rock, Killeenduff (Natural Rock Feature)

Google Maps

This image by Niamh Ronane has sheep for scale.

The Great Circle, North East Circle & Avenues (Stone Circle)

English Heritage - YouTube

Tales from English Folklore.
The folktale from the stones enacted (followed by Ronald Hutton).

The Rollright Stones (Stone Circle)

Taylor and Francis Online

The Rollright Stones and their Folklore, by Arthur J Evans. From Folklore v6, 1895.

More folklore and etymological speculation about the stones than anyone can handle.

Pole's Wood South (Long Barrow)

The British Museum

A little pottery vessel found at the east end of the barrow. It's only about 10cm across. Check out the variety of impressions made to decorate it.

Eyford (Long Barrow)

The British Museum

The lovely flat shale bead found in the long barrow at Eyford. I love a nice shale bead. Imagine how nice it would feel in your hand.



Scanned version of Sir Richard Colt Hoare's "Ancient History of South Wiltshire" (The Ancient History of Wiltshire volume 1). What a classic! He dug into a lot of barrows (you can hear his enthusiasm. But at least he notes what he found).

Pendle Hill (Sacred Hill)

Lancashire Life

Photos of the Devil's footprints (and a description of how to find them).

Tomnahurich (Sacred Hill)

National Museums Scotland

A photo of the lovely carved stone ball found on Tomnahurich in the early 19th century. This one is made from hornblende, and is about 3 inches across. It's been dated between 3200 and 2500 BC.

Moel Hebog (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

British Museum

The perfect condition Late Bronze Age shield found in a bog near Moel Hebog in 1784. So many circles.

Calverley Woods (Natural Rock Feature)

The Northern Antiquarian

Details of the cup-marked rocks lurking in these woods.

Star Carr (Mesolithic site)

White Rose University Press

Marvellously, you can read online or download for free, two brand new books about the site that analyse Chantel Conneller, Nicky Milner and Barry Taylor's excavations between 2003-15.

Volume one is called 'A persistent place in a changing world' and the second is 'Studies in technology, subsistence and environment'.

The site was occupied / used for about 800 years. The first people there deposited worked wood, articulated animal bone and flint tools into the lake. The next period was the main phase of occupation, in which large timber platforms were made at the lake's edge, and items were still being deposited into it. And in the last phase both the dry land and the wetland margins were still being used, "often for craft activities," and making axes and tools - and the oldest known British Mesolithic art - a shale bead - was found there. I love a shale bead, me. They're in chapter 33 of the second volume. The famous antler frontlets are in chapter 26.

Ringses Camp, Beanley Moor (Hillfort)

Internet Archive

Notes Archaeological, Geological, etc. on Beanley Moor and the vicinity of Kemmer Lough. From the MSS of George Tate. In the History of the Berwickshire Naturalists Club, volume 23, 1890.

He mentions the carved stones, and also the 'detached blocks of stones which are usually covered over with lichens, and hoary with age, are here called "Grey Mares".'
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This hill, it has a meaning that is very important for me, but it's not rational. It's beautiful, but when you look, there's nothing there. But I'd be a fool if I didn't listen to it.

-- Alan Garner.

...I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn...

-- William Wordsworth.

Some interesting websites with landscape and fairy folklore:

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