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Wed, 09/20/2017 - 21:03

Barrow Cemetery in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. This is site has one of the best ambience of all the sites I have seen, located on a natural grassy terrace overlooking the village of Vik. From the site is a beautiful view over the Sognefjord, the village, and surrounding mountains to the west, east and south.

Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 23:33

The Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum in Thailand is an archaeological museum with displays from prehistory onwards. The most important artifact is a statue of the Hindu god Vishnu from the 9th century CE. Pictured is a selection of beautiful stone axeheads from their collection and lots more artefacts further down our page

Stowe's Pound

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 07:57

Stones from Stowe's Pound on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, are being used to build the "fairy stacks" by people "probably unaware" they are breaking the law. The stacks have been described as "historic vandalism". More details in the comments on our page. Pre-Ironage and possibly Neolithic Hilltop Enclosure, Stowe’s Pound is situated on the southeast edge of Bodmin Moor. There are two enclosures, the smaller around the upper summit to the south and the larger to the north, surrounding the lower summit.

Tung Lung Island Rock Carving

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 20:49

Rock Carving on Tung Lung Island in Hong Kong. Not readily accessible, you need to get a ferry to Tung Lung Chau and then hike for 30-40 minutes to reach the site. Lots of steps to walk back up on your way back.

Dozmary Pool

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:27

Schoolgirl on Holiday in Cornwall pulls Legendary Excalibur Sword from Bodmin Moor Lake! (well sort of...) More details in the comments on our page. Prehistoric activity is associated with Dozmary Pool, once thought to be bottomless. There are many legends surrounding this Lake. It has Arthurian connections, being the resting place of King Arthur's sword Excalibur.

Korta, Pali Taluka

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 09:13

Korta is a typical small village in western Rajasthan, India. Tribal folks that settled down, as well as herding their flocks of goats and sheep they cultivate cereals. As in many villages in the Rajputana, the inhabitants built temples to their deities and placed in them the idols that they carried with them in their nomadic days. The Lingam (pictured) is an aniconic representation of the Hindu deity Shiva used for worship in temples.

Tombe di Giganti di Lilloni

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 09:00

In a fascinating natural setting, there are two Tombe di Giganti, from the Nuragic period, built with boulders of local stone (schist), almost guarding the road lining up the river Rio Su Lilloni. The tombs are quite damaged, but you can appreciate the construction of the funerary chamber, the entrance and the apse.

Can you spot an ancient sites enthusiast by their clothing?

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 17:55

I was, as you do, idly wondering the other day, if you were at an ancient site and saw some other people there, would you be able to spot a fellow stones enthusiast [also colloquially known as a 'megarak' by their clothing? Barring of course the obvious wearers of very exclusive Megalithic Portal members' T-shirts. Would you be able to tell a stones enthusiast from a walker or hiker or photographer or tourist just by their garb?


Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:42

Standing Stone in Møre og Romsdal, Norway. Overlooking the sea and in a flat grassy field is a tall and slender standing stone. It is measured to be 5,2 metres in height and around 30 cm wide. The top is rounded and the sides seem smooth. This would have been a really beautiful standing stone if it was not for a horrible job someone did in trying to fix it when it once was broken in two.

The Redoubt Fortress and The Pavilion

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:39

Living on the Edge: 8,000 Years by the Sea - Guided Tour, Sat 9th September. Exhibition open until the 17th November 2017. Heritage Eastbourne's museums care for collections including internationally important artefacts such as prehistoric elephant's teeth, Bronze Age axes and much more. The Redoubt Fortress is one of only three surviving Napoleonic Redoubts in the UK.


Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:34

Child sacrifices of the Ceibal Mayan buried with "supernatural" obsidian. See comment and video on our page. . Ancient Town in Peten. With one of the longest occupation sequences of all Mayan sites, Ceibal was first occupied in 800 BC, and reached its peak (~50 AD) in the Classic Period. The city was abandoned during the 6thC, but quickly re-occupied until its final abandonment in the 9thC.


Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:32

Hunsbury Hill Fort Tours and Open Day, Sat/Sun 9/10th September. Hillfort in Northamptonshire. Northampton is a new town of the 1970s but it has much older roots. It doesn’t always seem this way because a great fire burnt many interesting structures down. There certainly are pre-historic foundations. Hunsbury camp is on the southern side of Northampton.

Must Farm

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 15:54

Video Talk: The Must Farm pile dwelling - taste, appearance, lifestyle and communication in the Late Bronze Age by David Gibson, Cambridge Archaeological Unit from the CIfA Conference. Bronze Age settlement built on oak piles driven into the bed of the River Nene. Destroyed by a fire sometime between 700 - 500BC, the remains were first excavated from the Must Farm Quarry by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU) in 2010-2011, and the work is ongoing.

Banc Wernwgan Boundary Stone

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 22:02

Marker Stone in Carmarthenshire. Coflein lists this as Standing Stone (Possible). It is described on the OS Map as a boundary stone. Now fallen, it is aligned E-W and measures 2m in length, 0.4m square in section at the base, tapering slightly towards the top.

Gansmo Gravfelt

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 21:43

Now cleared of thick forest so it's much easier to see the barrows!. Barrow Cemetery near Namsos in Norway. This site consists of 6 large burial mounds, about 15-18 metres in diameter, and about 2-3 metres tall and two smaller mounds, about 8-9 metres across and 0,5 to 1 metres high.

Discovering Mexico’s Ancient Sites on your next Holiday / Vacation

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 09:18

Mexico’s ancient civilizations were the most sophisticated in the Americas, here is our guide to the best ancient cities, temples and sacred places to help plan a visit.

D50 Noordsleen

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 21:35

Well signposted in the village of Noordsleen near Emmen, Drenthe. this hunebed (Passage Grave) lies complete with kerbstones close to its more trashed neighbour, D51.

Barr Iola

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 22:43

Dun in Cowal. This impressive dun is located on the summit of a hill which offers extensive views, including towards Loch Fyne. The dun measures 24 x 17m internally, the entrance is located in its western part. The wall is about 3m thick and is clearly distinguishable on most of the dun's perimeter. There are possible remains of a gallery or cell south of the entrance.

St. Gregory's The Great (Kirknewton)

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 12:25

Sculptured Stone in Northumberland. This stone is located on the north eastern wall of the nave, just before entering the chancel. The interpretation board reads: “The carving is quite amazing as it appear to show the Magi in kilts (but probably Roman tunics). The ancient stone relief is a great treasure of the church, being at least 12th century and could be earlier. There is some evidence to suggest that the style of the Magi “caps” is similar to an example in the Roman catacombs, so there could be the influence of St. Paulinus, himself a Roman (who supposedly preached at Kirknewton) and would date the carving at several centuries earlier, pre-dating the church (where was it prior to that?).

Staraya Ladoga

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:41

Staraya Ladoga is a remarkable place. Here is the Aldeigjuborg of Norse fame, the settlement on the western side of the Volkhov river that provided the Swedish Vikings - the Varangian Rus who gave their name to Russia - with the gateway to the Russian river system and ultimately Constantinople. Today a number of large burial mounds, or "Sopki", survive, hulking high over the Volkhov around the point where it meets the smaller Ladozkha before sweeping down into Lake Ladoga, Europe's largest lake.