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Summerhouse Hill (Round Cairn) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Barnscar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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Stronstrey Bank Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Miscellaneous

The remains of an old 'Cairnfield' also lie here.

News

Canadian WoodHenge found.


During a remote-sensing survey of the Fort Ancient Earthworks in 2005, Jarrod Burks of Ohio Valley Archaeological Consultants discovered a circular pattern in the soil that stretched nearly 200 feet in diameter.

Fort Ancient is a massive earthwork in Warren County that was built more than 2,000 years ago by the Hopewell culture.

Robert Riordan, an anthropology professor at Wright State University, directed excavations there in 2006 and last month completed a report on his initial explorations of the circles.

Dubbed the "Moorehead Circle" by Riordan in honor of pioneering archaeologist Warren K. Moorehead, the area was a "woodhenge," defined by a double ring of posts.

The outer ring consisted of large posts about 9 inches in diameter set about 30 inches apart in slip trenches filled with rock. The inner ring had similar-size posts set about 15 feet inside the outer ring.

Riordan estimates that the outer ring would have held more than 200 posts, each 10 to 15 feet tall. Inner posts likely were shorter.

At the center of the circle was a

2.5-foot-deep pit that was 15 feet long by 13 feet wide and filled with red, burned soil. The pit was ringed by a shallow trough in which large timbers of red oak had been burned. Excavators found little ash, so the burned soil must have been brought in.

A radiocarbon date on charcoal from a remnant trace of a post suggests it was built between 40 BC and AD 130. Burned timber fragments from the pit were dated AD 250 to AD 420.

The different ages suggest to Riordan that a "sequence of ceremonial events" took place at this location. The two rings of posts and the pit might be related, or they might represent three separate rituals.

With less than 5 percent of the circle investigated, Riordan warns, our understanding of it remains tentative.

"We avidly look forward to subsequent field seasons, new data and altered perspectives," he wrote.

More information about the

excavation of the Moorehead Circle can be found on the Ohio Historical Society's archaeology blog:

www.ohio-archaeology.blogspot.com/.

Bradley T. Lepper is curator of archaeology at the Ohio Historical Society.

The Two Lads (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Moortop Barrows (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

I'm not so sure about the authenticity of this cairn there are three similliar mounds on the waterfalls walk at Anglezarke marked clearly as bellpits but theyre dug a little bit deeper and bigger than this one.

Moortop Barrows (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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Pikestones (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Astley Hall Farm Bronze Age Burial Site (Enclosure) — Links

Investigating Prehistoric Astley


Long Meg & Her Daughters (Stone Circle) — Folklore

The stone circle is said to be a witches coven turned to stone by the wizard Michael Scot when he found them holding a sabbat.
Meg may have been Meg of Meldon a local 17th cntury witch.
The stones are said to be uncountable and if anyone arrives at the same figure twice the spell is said to be broken and if a piece is broke off Long Meg herself she is said to bleed.
The 2 largest stones in the circle east and west are said to point to the spring and summer equinoxes.

The Fairy Steps (Natural Rock Feature) — Folklore

The Fairy Steps is The second of two flights of stone steps, where the narrow passage squeezes between two sheer rock faces via a flight of natural stone stairs is so named because of a legend.
If you climb or descend the steps without touching the limestone sides of the narrow gully, the fairies will grant your wish.

The Hardwick Stone (Cup Marked Stone) — Fieldnotes

By the time i reached this site i'd run out of water so sorry for the quality of the photos.
Heading back down the footpath by Hardwick House theres a stile in the far left of the field climb the stile and look right in the next field its the largest boulder just by the wall.

The Hardwick Stone (Cup Marked Stone) — Images

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The Swastika Stone (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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WoodHouse Crag (Cup Marked Stone) — Fieldnotes

About 50m west of the swastika stone to the rightof the footpath lie 2 fallen gateposts.
The one which is the smaller of the two has two shallow cups and rings on it.

WoodHouse Crag (Cup Marked Stone) — Images

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The Anvil Stone (Cup Marked Stone) — Fieldnotes

The Anvil Stone sits rather close to the footpath, the carvings arent stunning but certaintly worth checking out. also theres a rather cosy chamber underneath made by a gap in between the rocks.

The Anvil Stone (Cup Marked Stone) — Images

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The Sepulchre Stone (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

If your heading towards the Swastika Stone dont miss this one its right next to the path easily identifiable by its curious folded strata.
i counted several small cups one with a ring a couple of basins and a few grooves.

The Sepulchre Stone (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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Addingham Crag Stone (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

What a corker of a stone and as the previous post states fairly easy to locate.
Take the millenium way off straight lane towards Addingham Crag, go to the foot of the crag and its in the third field on your left towards the bottom of the field very easy to make out as its almost square and stands out from the others.

Addingham Crag Stone (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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