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Digging into the Dark Ages conference, 13th December, Chester - Free!

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 18:00

Also links to videos of last year's conference. Following the previous two successful University of Chester archaeology student conferences, their third Conference takes on a period-focused theme. There are multiple simmering and raging current controversies regarding the uses and abuses of the Early Middle Ages ('Dark Ages') in the heritage sector, popular culture and politics.

The Cochno Stone

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 10:22

Video Talk: Revealing the Cochno Stone - Dr Brophy speaks about last year's excavations . Kenny Brophy / The Urban Prehistorian writes: In 2015 we opened up a trial trench to examine a prehistoric site, on the fringe of Glasgow, that was buried 51 years ago beneath a 1m layer of soil and turf. The site is called the Cochno Stone and it is one of the most spectacular and extensive panels of prehistoric rock-art in Britain. In 2016 the Cochno Stone was uncovered for a few days and received some well deserved media attention.

Trethevy Quoit

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 09:30

Trethevy Quoit put on Heritage at Risk Register 2017 due to past erosion by livestock and fencing damage. Now owned by Cornwall Heritage Trust and Historic England actively monitoring the stability of the site, more details in the comments on our page.. An ancient Neolithic burial chamber, standing nine feet high and consisting of five stones surmounted by a huge capstone. One of the uprights seems to have fallen inwards and the capstone has a terrific slope.

Mithras Temple (London)

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:04

Reconstructed Roman Temple of Mithras opens to the public in London. Situated on the site of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters, this new cultural hub showcases the ancient temple, a selection of the remarkable Roman artefacts found during the recent excavations, and a series of contemporary art commissions responding to one of the UK’s most significant archaeological sites.

Mycenaean Palace of Nestor

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 18:42

Archaeologists unearth 'masterpiece' sealstone just 1.4 inches (35mm) across in Greek 'tomb of the Griffin Warrior' - see the comments on our page for more. Ancient Palace in the Peloponnese Peninsula, Greece. The ruins are very similar to those in Crete or at Mycenae and there are several beehive tombs. The site was first excavated in 1939, which unearthed thousands of Linear B tablets.

The best sites to visit in New York for an ancient sites enthusiast

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:28

It’s that time of year where thoughts are leading towards Christmas and already our TVs are filled with picturesque winter wonderland scenes in New York, happy shoppers laden with boxes and Americanised Jolly Santas by the hundred in their red suits ho-ho-ho-ing and ringing their Bells of Good Cheer. But this is the Megalithic Portal I hear Andy B in the background(*) - we can't be talking about such things - we must remain at least vaguely relevant to our subject! So coming out of my daydream I wondered what there might be in NY to lure an ancient site enthusiast to visit, once the desire for materialistic things has subsided.

Bransdale Ridge (Low Cornfield House)

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 22:00

See our nearby sites list for lots more new sites from the North York Moors. A round barrow situated in a prominent position on the southern end of Bransdale Ridge. The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 0.9m high. It is round in shape and 9m in diameter. This mound was surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide which has become filled-in over the years and is no longer visible as an earthwork.

King Arthur's Down NW

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:54

Report on the clearance of these twin stone circles carried out in August - with lots of photos, a new plans and new questions - details in the comment on our page.. The remains of a pair of stone circles on King Arthur's Downs, northwestern Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. This NW circle, is more complete, and has a diameter of about 23 metres - see our nearby sites list for details of the SE circle nearby. There are a couple of nice shaped upright stones at the northern edge, one an upward pointing triangular stone, the other more rectangular but with a sloping top.

Lincoln Greetwell Henge/disc barrow

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 07:50

Possible Henge in Lincolnshire. This is a very recently excavated site by Network Archeology on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass site. They have reported in the local press that this is an exciting new find - a 55m diameter ring (section of it only in picture ) with bank and ditch on the outside (unusually). It is reportedly either a Neolithic henge monument or a Bronze Age disc barrow (ref. Lincolnshire LIve 10.10.17).


Sat, 10/28/2017 - 14:24

The Gezelinquelle is a well in Leverkusen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany). It is believed that the well was venerated as far back as prehistoric times. Today many people still think the water has healing powers.

Recording Archaeology talks and lectures - our guide to the best online

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 13:11

Many archaeology talks and conferences are now recorded for the benefit of those who can't make it in person for whatever reason. This has hugely opened up opportunities for amateur study and research. Here is our guide to some of the best online videos, with links to more resources and advice on recording lectures for yourself.


Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:53

Burren-Marlbank - A Prehistoric Monumental Landscape by Gaby Burns and Jim Nolan - an important new ebook which sheds light on a little known aspect of megalithic architecture and its association with nearby rock art and boulder monuments. Details and free download in the comments on our page and more to come soon as we look to add more of these enigmatic sites to the Megalithic Portal.. Wedge Tomb in Co. Cavan. Approached from a track running S from Tullygobban Lough into dreary conifer plantation, this tomb is a fine, large and well-preserved example with a gallery over 7 metres long, divided by a high septal slab into a long portico and a large main chamber.

Birkas fornborg

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 16:18

Researchers in Sweden claim to have found Arabic characters, including 'Allah' woven into burial costumes from Viking boat graves. The discovery raises new questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia, more details in the comment on our page. According to archaeological excavations in 1996-97 this hillfort was built in connection with the foundation of the town of Birka, around 790 AD, and was in use until the beginning of the 11th century, probably even after Birka was abandoned. The wooden palisade with parapet for guards crowned the rampart.

Arnbathie Fort

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 17:27

Hillfort in Perth and Kinross. An Iron Age contour fort of 154 x 90m dimensions is located on the summit of Law Hill. The easiest access to the fort is from the north, where it is defended by three lines of ramparts. The fort has four entrances, its complex plan indicates several phases of construction. On the South-Eastern slope of the hill there are two hut circles.

Maiden Castle (Dorset)

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:44

Sara Perry from the University of York has found archive evidence of the world’s first English-language archaeology TV shows - broadcast by the BBC in 1937 (yes that's 1937!) - more details in the comment on our page. Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure and Iron Age Hillfort in Dorset. The most spectacular hillfort in southern England.

Jægerspris Marker Jættestue

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:44

A very interesting paper on Monumental Time and Cultural Memory - Towards a Chronology of Monuments by Cornelius Holtorf, including how the site on this page came to symbolise the Danish national past through its re-use. . Jættestue (Passage Grave) in Frederiksborg. The impressive French-inspired redesign of Julianehøj at Jægerspris Castle. In 1776, the site was excavated by Prince Frederik and his Cabinet Secretary, Ove Høegh-Guldberg. They decided to reconstruct the hill as a national monument, as it was thought that it was an ancient king's grave.

Ballyhoneen Wedge Tomb

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:44

New discovery that the equinox sun sets directly into a 'V' shaped valley on the distant mountain range, illuminating the wedge tomb with a shaft of light, more details in the comments on our page. Wedge Tomb in Co. Kerry. Three of the stones in the chamber of this wedge tomb contain rock art.

Granny Kempock Standing Stone

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:43

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

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:43

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