World Archaeology

First evidence of dismemberment in prehistoric Ireland

A new analysis of bones taken from an old excavation at 5300 years-old passage tomb complex at Carrowkeel, in County Sligo has revealed evidence of the burial practices and death...
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Dolmens dating back to around 3,000 years found in southern India

A team of archaeologists has discovered more than 300 dolmens reportedly dating back to 3,000 years near Mallasandram (Krishnagiri district, southern India). They said it was for the first time...
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Illuminating discovery at megalithic tomb in Kerry

A hillwalker in west Kerry (Ireland) has made a stunning discovery which connects a 4,000-year-old tomb with the equinox. The megalithic tomb, known as the Giant's Grave, is situated in...
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8,000-year-old paint workshop discovered in Turkey

One of the oldest paint workshops of the world have been found at an ancient settlement in northwestern Turkish province of Eskişehir. Archaeologists working at the ancient settlement mound of...
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New exciting discoveries at the Ness of Brodgar dig

This year at the Ness Brodgar excavation in Orkney (Scotland), two remarkable finds were made. The first discovery being that of an incense pot as well as a 'butterfly-like' motif...
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Granny Kempock Standing Stone

Megalithic Portal News - 11 hours 4 min ago

The Kempock Stone is a Bronze Age mica-schist monolith that stands about 6 feet high and is 2 feet in diameter on the top of a cliff overlooking Kempock Point, Gourock. It resembles a figure with a shrouded head and so is known locally as "Granny Kempock"

Win a Limited Edition of the geo-questing album Skylark by Jonathon Heron

Megalithic Portal News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 20:56

Win one of a very limited edition of the geo-questing new album Skylark by Jonathon Heron, each with different custom artwork and booklets. Jonathon's music is deeply rooted in the landscape and appreciation of ancient places, I've reviewed the album track by track, tied in with links to some of the key locations

Harolds Stones

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:45

Residents of Trellech woke up to a strange sight on Sunday morning (1st October 2017) when their historic standing stones took on a new look. . Three tall stones stand leaning at all angles in an open field. Their purpose is unknown, and they may once have been part of a larger stone monument, possibly a circle. Although they were said to commemorate a battle won by King Harold, they very likely date from the Bronze Age.

Dun Deardail

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:51

Evening talks on Hillforts of the Tay with David Strachan, and Dun Deardail with Martin Cook - presumably covering the excavations from this past summer, at the University of Edinburgh Tuesday 7th November. Dun Deardail is one in a line of vitrified forts that stretches from Craig Phadraig outside Inverness all the way down to the West Coast of Scotland. Most of its names refer to a fancied connection with Princess Deirdre but it is also known as Dun Dearg Suil 'Hill of the Red Eye'. This has been read as a reference to usage as a beacon hill, or possibly even folk-memory of its vitrification

Museum Groß Raden.

Megalithic Portal News - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:23

Slaughter at the bridge: Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle - a new exhibition opening 6th Oct 2017 and running until Sept 2018 - see the comments on our page. Museum in Germanty. Visitors can see selected displays and exhibitions from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Druids Circle (Penmaenmawr)

Megalithic Portal News - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:39

New aerial photos and drone video of this amazing circle and lots more photos on our page. This fantastic ring of around 30 stones stands on the headland of Penmaenmawr above Conway, close to a prehistoric trackway and three other stone circles. It has a portalled entrance consisting of 4 stones and according to Burl may have been raised as early as 3000BC.

Kornerup Runddysse

Megalithic Portal News - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 22:37

The remains of a passage grave (not a round barrow) with a little additional chamber behind the large main chamber. These are not very common, there are only around 25 passage graves of this type in Denmark, one of the most well known is Lundehøj.

Devil's Stone, Shebbear

Megalithic Portal News - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 13:37

Time to turn the Shebbear Devil Stone again, November 5th if you'd like to watch world catastrophe be averted - also archive photos and video, details in the comments on our page. The Shebbear Devil's stone in Devon is made from a type of quartz not found in the area, measures about six feet by four feet and weighs about a ton. It is a possible remnant of a standing stone and may have been an original foundation stone of Henscott Church.

Clachtoll Broch

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 21:17

3D models of Clachtoll Broch from James McComas and North of Scotland Archaeological Society. This place would be well worth a visit even if there were no broch here, especially if you can watch the sunset. I like to imagine the lives of the people who lived in it's protection but the really great thing about this site is it's ocean views, ideal for watching sea birds, seals and maybe even a bottle nosed dolphin.

Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 19:30

One from last year that missed the front page: The face of an ancient Peruvian ruler, known as the Lord of Sipan, has been reconstructed with the help of 3D imaging . The Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán, in Lambayeque, Peru. contains a majority of the excavated artifacts of the Sipan Tomb pyramids, or huaca, and a recreation of the tombs themselves.

Brevilliers Dolmen

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 19:05

Dolmen in Haute-Saône. A classic dolmen, but largely broken, conserved in a shed near woods 800 metres south east from Brevilliers.


Megalithic Portal News - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 18:32

Stone Circle in Cumbria. Wonderfully atmospheric in mist and quite remote, apart from the farm, the circle is unspoilt and complete. 27 metres across and contaning 55 stones - the walk is worth it.

How prehistoric people packed their bags? Plus some modern travel tips

Megalithic Portal News - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:44

One of our series of travel articles for the ancient site enthusiast - first, what sort of bags did prehistoric people use to pack and carry things for travel? From Dartmoor to Kentucky and Jordan, evidence of prehistoric bags has been found all over the world. And a look at some packing tips for modern travellers.

Megalithic Portal pages now cross-linked with Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks

Megalithic Portal News - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 21:05

DaveP writes: I'd like to announce the results of the collaboration between The Megalithic Portal and my Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website which has been going on for over a year. A huge amount of work has gone into cross-linking and cross-checking over 500 records on both our sites to create the best and most accurate prehistoric Dartmoor coverage ever put online.

Tullie House Museum

Megalithic Portal News - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 20:13

Do you fancy well and truly cursing someone? Look no further than the latest comment on our page here!. Museum and Art Gallery in Cumbria. One of the biggest and most attractive contemporary art galleries in the region. The museum has a large prehistory collection with flint and bronze tools, the rock art from Little Meg and not forgetting Carlisle's famous Cursing Stone in the nearby underpass.
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