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Site Site type
Castle Gotha SettlementEnclosure
Castle PencaireHillfort
Castle PieceHillfort
Castle-an-Dinas (Nancledra)Hillfort
Catshole DownsLong Cairn
Catshole Tor CairnsCairn(s)
Catshole Tor SettlementAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Chambered Stone DwellingAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Cheddar Gorge and Gough's CaveCave / Rock Shelter
Chobham Common
Cholwich Town (destroyed)Stone Row / Alignment
ChyenhalStanding Stone / Menhir
Chynhalls PointCliff Fort
Clapper of WorksEntrance Grave
Cockadobby Hill BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Colerne ParkRound Barrow(s)
Collins Grave Bowl BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Colvannick Tor Stone RowStone Row / Alignment
Condolden BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Council BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Cranbrook CastleHillfort
Creek Bottom BarrowsRound Barrow(s)
Crowdy Reservoir BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Culsh SouterrainSouterrain
Devil's Dyke (West Sussex)Hillfort
Dewerstone SettlementAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Dozmary PoolAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Dunkery Hill BarrowsBarrow / Cairn Cemetery
East Moor MenhirStanding Stone / Menhir
East Moor Stone RowStone Row / Alignment
Eastern Isles
Eathorne MenhirStanding Stone / Menhir
Elkham Grave BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Fernworthy Cairn and Cairn Circle (Eastern)Cairn circle
Fernworthy stone row (North)Stone Row / Alignment
Fernworthy Stone Row (South)Stone Row / Alignment
Firle BeaconLong Barrow
Flutters Hill Bowl BarrowRound Barrow(s)
Fox TorStone Row / Alignment
Frankenbury CampHillfort
Gannets' Hut CircleAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Garrow Tor settlementsAncient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Giant’s GraveRound Barrow(s)
Great ArthurEntrance Grave
Great HillEntrance Grave
GreenbarrowRound Barrow(s)
Greenbarrow Downs CairnsCairn(s)
Griffin's PointCliff Fort
Grimsbury CastleHillfort
Gurnard's HeadCliff Fort
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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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