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Site Site type
Ackland's Moor Cairns (North)Cairn(s)
Ackland's Moor Hut Circle & EnclosureAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Ackland's Moor Standing Stone (North)Standing Stone / Menhir
Ackland's Moor Standing Stone (West)Standing Stone / Menhir
Advent Triple BarrowBarrow / Cairn Cemetery
Albert Road BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Alfriston ChurchChristianised Site
Ambleside Bowl BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Angle Down BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Ashtead Common EarthworkAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Aveline's HoleCave / Rock Shelter
Barossa Barracks BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Barrowhills Bowl BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Bartinne Castle EnclosureEnclosure
Beacon Hill SettlementAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Bee Garden Earthwork (East)Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Bee Garden Earthwork (West)Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Beedon BarrowRound Barrow(s)
BeershebaStanding Stone / Menhir
BelairRound Barrow(s)
Berry CastleEnclosure
Black Bush PlainBarrow / Cairn Cemetery
Black HeadCliff Fort
Black TorAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Boscawen-RosStanding Stones
Bosullow Trehyllys Courtyard House SettlementAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Botrea BarrowsBarrow / Cairn Cemetery
Bourne Wood BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Brane Long BarrowLong Barrow
Brown Willy CairnsCairn(s)
Brown Willy SettlementAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Burnt AxonRound Barrow(s)
Burnt HillAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Bury Wood CampHillfort
Bushy Park BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Buttern Hill Stone CircleStone Circle
Cadbury Camp (Nailsea)Hillfort
Caer BranHillfort
Caesar's Camp (Aldershot)Hillfort
Caesar's Camp (Heathrow)Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
CallestickAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Calvadnack SettlementAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
CarfuryStanding Stone / Menhir
Carn of WorksEntrance Grave
Casehill CairnKerbed Cairn
CastallackCup Marked Stone
Castallack CarnStanding Stone / Menhir
Casterley CampHillfort
Castle GoffHillfort
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My real name is Martin, but there is already a Martin vigorously posting on this fantastic web site so I decided to use 'Pure Joy'; which was the title of the Teardrop Explodes and Julian Cope fanzine that I set up in 1988 and ran until 1991/2. Strangely my interest in ancient sites pre-dates the knowledge that Julian was also into them. However Julian's book has certainly led me to visit more, and plan holidays and pit-stops around places to visit! Studying History (and International Relations) at Uni and coming from the West Country led to a healthy fascination with ancient sites and the countryside.

I was born in 1970 in Colerne, a historic village between Bath and Chippenham (mentioned in the Domesday Book) and have spent time in Bath, Reading, Manchester, West Africa, and Ethiopia. I'm currently living near London, but itching to live in the countryside, preferably Cornwall, or Africa. Reality check! little money and inertia creep.

Most of my working life has been in the voluntary sector, usually by supporting voluntary and community groups with advice and information. I enjoy doing quite a bit of voluntary work with our Credit Union, and as an elected Council member of the National Trust.

I'm no photography expert but I like to take photos (nearly always black and white) of places I visit. Some of the earlier ones looked good but it was only with a £25 point and shoot camera that was amazing unreliable. I've now got an old Pentax SLR, but at the moment I refuse to use filters and special effects. You get what you see.

Up side of ancient site = the sense of history, the countryside, the walk, the sense of adventure, the tranquillity, and the weird things that sometimes happen.

Downside = the loneliness, territorial cows, and the cravings to get back to the countryside

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