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The Best Ancient Sites to visit in the USA - Part 1: The Southwest

10 hours 3 min ago

The site in the Southwest that our visitors most recommend is the Chaco Culture National Historical Park near Farmington, New Mexico, which contains the most amazing collection of ancient dwellings in the American Southwest. Between 850 and 1150 AD, Chaco Canyon was a major centre of culture for the ancient Peublo peoples. Read on for more recommended sites to visit.

Steinkopf Polissoir

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:15

A Neolithic polissoir in Alsace-Lorraine with star shaped engravings. The modern monolith in the valley (see nearby sites list) commemorates this site.

Kendrew Quadrangle

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:35

A look back to the excavations of 'The Oxford Henge' with lots of information now published - see the comments on our page for more - but what happened to the promised public exhibition?. Henge in Oxfordshire. A ditch discovered as part of excavations in March 2008 was dentified as being part of henge monument, was created in the late Neolithic and Bronze Age (c. 2300). The ditch excavated here is/was up to 8m across and at least 2.5m deep, curves only very slightly and based on the small part of the plan so far recovered, would have enclosed an area of at least 150m diameter, encompassing all of what is now Keble College and the Pitt Rivers Museum. [Photo Caption: St. Michael and the dragon atop Keble College chapel, right in the centre of the henge - theSongofFfraed]

Buttern Hill row

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:12

Photos and details of this little known and elusive Cornish stone row now with us, thanks to SandyG. Almost 80 metre long stone row on the slopes of Buttern Hill, near to the source of the river Fowey in the midst of northern Bodmin Moor.

Auraste Dolmen

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:25

Burial Chamber (Dolmen) in Chemin Rural d'Aynac à Loubressac, Loubressac, Figeac, Lot, Midi, France

Little Links Tor

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:20

Little Links Tor is a single stone row in the northeast of Dartmoor. It consists of four medium sized stones and has a length of 55.5 metres. The site has a sea view, and sits within a landscape of prehistoric settlements and a nearby ring cairn.

Music inspired by Prehistoric Sites, with Youtube and Bandcamp links - Part 1

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 22:52

This week, I 'ave been mostly listening to music inspired by prehistoric sites! (well today anyway.) And what a rich seam I have mined into - here's the first selection for you: First up is Nine Stones Close by ace fingerpicking guitarist Nick Jonah Davis from Nottingham, so not a million miles from those Derbyshire sites.

Dolmen de la Devèze de Barsalès

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:04

One of ten dolmens in the town of Penne, this has an amazing site along the limestone cliffs that dominate the right bank of the Aveyron. A small monument, originally made of dry stone, the inner chamber opens to the southeast to the facade of a rectangular mound.

Lu Naracu Nuraghe

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 20:56

Sardinia: Nuraghe Lu Naracu (known also as Putzolu) is a complex structure with at least three towers. The main tower has an intact tholos chamber. The eastern tower has a partly preserved tholos chamber, while the chamber of the western tower is collapsed.

Dunbeg

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:12

'We cannot stress how dangerous it is': Ancient Kerry fort closed after storm damage See story here. . 3.2 km E of Slea Head and S of the road in the townland of Fahan, across a field, this fine fort is a triangular headland defended on the landward side by a massive, restored dry-stone wall with elaborate entrance and internal terraces, and to seaward by high, eroded cliffs.

Brat's Hill

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:27

Brats Hill is the largest of 5 stone circles on Burnmoor, Cumbria, with an average diameter of 30.4m. It contains approx 42 stones that form an irregular circle and has 5 cairns within it, some of which are in good condition.

Maen Llia

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:37

More investigations of solstice shadow effects at Maen Llia. Maen Llia Standing Stone is an elegant and imposing standing stone which is impressively situated in a remote position at the top of the Llia valley, along which it points directly north to south.

Knowth

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 23:40

A new paper by Kate Prendergast suggesting Knowth was built with precision astronomical instrument to enable accurate calendars and counting systems to structure the builders' ritual lives and cosmological beliefs. See the most recent comments on our page for more.. Passage Grave in Co. Meath. A large Neolithic mound with Kerbstones around the exterior circumferance and some side tumuli as well as a wooden henge.

Motorra Dolmen

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 23:40

GIS-based landscape analysis of megalithic graves in the Island of Sardinia by Riccardo Cicilloni and Marco Cabras. Large classic Dolmen dating to about 3500 BCE with nice flat capstone and 10 small uprights under an olive tree. The dolmen appears to be surrounded by kerbstones.

Knockiveagh

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 20:42

Council approve inappropriate wind turbine while forgetting to consult local archaeology - now refuse to halt work or strike out the permission - legal campaign building by Friends of Knock Iveagh to challenge the decision, also petition . Large neolithic age round cist cairn in Co. Down. With superb panoramic views including Mourne Mountains to the SE and the Antrim Plateau (N). Reached via a footpath (climb) along a private road. Partially excavated in 1957 by Pat Collins.

Bolas

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 20:13

Research on social complexity and the carved stone balls of southern Costa Rica, see the comment on our page for more. A stone sphere in a stream-bed by the Aguas Buenas period site of Bolas, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. The Bolas site is located in the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains of southern Costa Rica. The site lies in tropical rainforest, on top of a small mountain ridge. Bolas is one of the earliest and largest concentrations of stone sphere monuments in the country, originally containing at least 22.

Devil's Arrows

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 11:45

David Parke has made a couple of good 'Monument' podcasts and an audio introduction. One talks to various enthusiasts about the Devil's Arrows, there other is an episode about the Long Man of Wilmington - details in the comments on our pages.. Stone Row in North Yorkshire. Three stones remain, the shortest being 5.5m, the tallest stone is 6.8m.

Ness of Brodgar

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 11:42

A look back over the Summer 2017 Excavations at the The Ness of Brodgar - see the latest comment on our page. A large Neolithic complex on the Brodgar peninsula lies on the low ridge between the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar.

Ōhira Kofungun

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 11:14

Chambered Cairns in Japan. A subgroup of Yumurayama Kofungun, lies on the south-western foot of Mt.Yumura-yama (湯村山), consist of two chambered cairns. Cairn no.2, aka Jizō Kofun (地蔵古墳 Ksitigarbha Tumulus) lies roadside of a rambling path from the right side of Entaku-ji (塩澤寺, 塩沢寺) temple to the top of Mt.Yumura-yama. Cairn no.1, aka Kōmori Kofun (こうもり古墳 Bat Tumulus) lies beyond the no. 2. Signposted as 地蔵古墳.

Historic places in the Bulgarian resort of Bansko, inc hidden Thracian town

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 13:51

Bansko is best known as the Bulgarian ski resort, but as well as amazing snow conditions, it has many historic sites, museums and mysterious megalithic sites to visit. One is the intriguingly named Nameless Town!