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Megalithic Portal Winter Solstice Competiton: Recumbent Stone Circles ebook

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:58

Competition to win the Great Crowns of Stone ebook plus other great prizes. This exemplary book on Aberdeenshire's Recumbent Stone Circles has been converted and re-released as an Apple ebook so to win a copy Adam Welfare from Historic Environment Scotland has kindly set 25 cryptic competition questions to set you puzzling, thinking and researching over the Christmas break.

Ancient Sites 'Soundgate' app - explore Cave Acoustics and Stonehenge

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:02

A new set of apps from Rupert Till and the team the University of Huddersfield turn smartphones, tablets and computers "into time travel devices" [oh dear - PR gone mad] enabling users to see and to hear Altamira caves (with Palaeolithic art) and Stonehenge as they would have been experienced in the distant past. The app is called called the EMAP (European Music Archaeology Project) Soundgate,

Study shows how Neolithic weapons were made to kill with one strike

World Archaeology News from Stone Pages - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:11
A weapon used by Neolithic people could kill with one blow, according to a new study which used forensic detection methods to recreate violence from the period. Experts created a...
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New theory: Stonehenge was built as part of a fertility cult

World Archaeology News from Stone Pages - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:10
Accortding to a new study, Stonehenge could have been built as part of a fertility cult, with the stones positioned to cast phallic shadows inside the monument during midsummer. Archaeologist...
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Uncovering varied pathways to agriculture

World Archaeology News from Stone Pages - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:10
Around 15,000 years ago, the Natufian culture appeared in what is today's Middle East. This culture, which straddled the border between nomadic and settled lifestyles, had diverse, complex origins. This...
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Mapping Venezuelan rock art

World Archaeology News from Stone Pages - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:09
Rock engravings located in Western Venezuela - including some of the largest recorded anywhere in the world - have been mapped in unprecedented detail by University College London (UCL) researchers....
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Oetzi the Iceman gets the big screen treatment

World Archaeology News from Stone Pages - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:12
There can be no more famous a person in European archaeology than 'Oetzi the Iceman'. The remains of this 5,300 year old Alpine hunter have been at the centre of...
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Unusual Bronze Age find in Suffolk

World Archaeology News from Stone Pages - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:11
As part of the standard pre-construction archaeological investigations, before any major development in the UK, some remarkable finds have been made on a housing development near Bury St Edmunds in...
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Glimpse of Britain's Neolithic civilization

World Archaeology News from Stone Pages - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:11
Around 140 kilometres west-southwest of London, midway between the monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury, an extraordinary Early Neolithic long barrow known as Cat's Brain was excavated this past summer by...
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Clachtoll Broch

Megalithic Portal News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 20:15

Amazing finds from the Clachtoll Broch excavations, including a knocking stone (for threshing), three sickles, a saw, an axe, seven querns, a copper and bone pins, combs, spindle whorls, spoons, lamps etc etc - more in the comments on our page. 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.

Ubby Dyssekammer

Megalithic Portal News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 22:42

Megalitgrav (Burial Chamber) in Holbæk

Ubby Dyssekammer

Megalithic Portal News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 22:42

Megalitgrav (Burial Chamber) in Holbæk

Crow Tor

Megalithic Portal News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 22:40

A kerbed cairn and cist on Dartmoor. The cairn consists of a stony, turf-covered mound, and measures 4.5m in diameter and 0.45m in height. There are traces of a retaining kerb of leaning, granite slabs to the northeast and south. The cist is set slightly to the north of the centre of the cairn.

Finca 6

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:46

Researchers in Costa Rica unearth a nearly ‘Perfect’ massive stone sphere, prompting questions as to how such precision was achieved thousands of years ago, details in the comment on our page. Researchers investigate mysterious stone spheres in Costa Rica. The ancient stone spheres of Costa Rica were made world-famous by the opening sequence of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," when a mockup of one of the mysterious relics nearly crushed Indiana Jones.

Finca 6

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:46

Researchers in Costa Rica unearth a nearly ‘Perfect’ massive stone sphere, prompting questions as to how such precision was achieved thousands of years ago, details in the comment on our page. Researchers investigate mysterious stone spheres in Costa Rica. The ancient stone spheres of Costa Rica were made world-famous by the opening sequence of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," when a mockup of one of the mysterious relics nearly crushed Indiana Jones.

Lynchat

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:23

Mysterious remains of an Iron Age structure, tools and pottery are unearthed near Raitt's Cave during roadworks on the A9 in the Highlands, see the comment on our page for more. A horseshoe shaped Souterrain discovered in 1835 - unfortunately then (or later) someone excavated in from the side thus destroying some of the ambience.

Lynchat

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:23

Mysterious remains of an Iron Age structure, tools and pottery are unearthed near Raitt's Cave during roadworks on the A9 in the Highlands, see the comment on our page for more. A horseshoe shaped Souterrain discovered in 1835 - unfortunately then (or later) someone excavated in from the side thus destroying some of the ambience.

Cold Aston

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:11

A well preserved long mound with possible Chambered Tomb in Gloucestershire. O.G.S. Crawford visited this long barrow in 1920 and wrote: "The barrow itself lies high and appears perfect and unopened. There are no signs anywhere of attempted mutilation. It is thinly planted with trees; it would be worthwhile taking immediate steps to preserve it, as these unmutilated long barrows are exceedingly rare."

Cold Aston

Megalithic Portal News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:11

A well preserved long mound with possible Chambered Tomb in Gloucestershire. O.G.S. Crawford visited this long barrow in 1920 and wrote: "The barrow itself lies high and appears perfect and unopened. There are no signs anywhere of attempted mutilation. It is thinly planted with trees; it would be worthwhile taking immediate steps to preserve it, as these unmutilated long barrows are exceedingly rare."

Adornments tell about culture of Paleolithic people

World Archaeology News from Stone Pages - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:25
Sungir Upper Paleolithic site is about 200 kilometres east of Moscow, and dates to 29,000-31,000 years BP - one of the earliest records of Homo sapiens in Europe. Scientists began...
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