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Hendraburnick Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Rock Art at Hendraburnick

Interesting article in the 'Post Hole' relating to recent (2013) excavations at Hendraburnick:

Extensive rock art has been found, along with several datable finds from the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age.


Truro experts uncover '6000-year-old' causeway

"Remains of a prehistoric enclosure have been discovered by archaeologists in Truro, Cornwall.

It is understood the enclosure was built during the early Neolithic period (3800 BC to 3600 BC).

Archaeologists say it was built at the same time as Carn Brea, a tor enclosure near Redruth.

The team will now take samples to verify the date of the enclosure, before re-burying the site, in line with national guidelines."

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Tinkinswood (Burial Chamber)

Adjoining land up for grabs at Tinkinswood

A 21 acre plot of land that adjoins the Tinkinswood chamber is up for auction. The new owner will be responsible for replacing fencing and access stiles to the land within 4 weeks of ownership.

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The Thornborough Henges

Tarmac plans rejected - though they may still appeal...

Campaigners are rejoicing after controversial plans to extend a quarry near an ancient monument in North Yorkshire were rejected by councillors.


Bid to help Dorset folk love 'lumps and bumps'

A new project aims to increase people's awareness, knowledge and appreciation of the amazing landscape between Weymouth and Dorchester.

It is being launched on November 5 by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team which hopes the project will appeal to everyone who enjoys the countryside, including artists, photographers and amateur historians.

Among outstanding features of the area are the strange `lumps and bumps' which litter the skyline between Broadmayne and Hardy's Monument - and which few realise are round barrows that have been there 4,000 years.

See for details.


Sexual Britain?

Cathy Tuck went on a 30,000-mile trek around Britain finding hundreds of sexually symbolic landmarks, buildings and gardens for her book Landscapes and Desire.

From phallic ancient standing stones to womb-like burial chambers, her odyssey of the sexual takes in sites dating back more than 5,000 years and explodes the myth that Britain is a sexually repressed nation.

See the third story down on this page for more...

Who put the stones up? We did!

THE first analysis of DNA passed from father to son across the UK has shattered the Anglocentric view of early British history, it emerged yesterday.

For decades, historians have believed that successive waves of invaders, such as the Anglo-Saxons, drove out the indigenous population of the British Isles, labelled Celts, pushing them to the fringes of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

However, work by a team of scientists on the Y chromosome, which is passed from father to son, has shown the native tribes left their genetic stamp throughout the UK and not only in the "Celtic fringe".

Gun Rith Menhir (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Gun Rith to be re-erected next month?

According to a post from Andy Norfolk on the Stones Mailing List, Gun Rith is to be re-erected sometime at the end of May.

Good News.
North London based, any trip to see sites of any real significance means a drive of at least an hour or two each way.

I'm usually accompanied on trips by my partner and soulmate Mikki, who is disabled and unable to walk far. I'm indebted to her for her patience and understanding.

Favourite place? Cornwall without a doubt. West Penwith in particular, Trencrom Hill as a prime example. The peninsular is so rich in sites and has an amazing atmosphere. Every trip there is like going home... Avebury currently comes a close second, but is starting to go the way of Stonehenge (see below) and Glastonbury for me - over-used and over-rated.

Most overrated? Stonehenge - I can't understand the excitement that this totally spoiled site induces in people. I first went there in the 1960's with school and have been back several times since. Each was an anti-climax.

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