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Dun Aengus

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 11:11

A possible link between Atlantic Megaliths and Crane Animism, a new book by Irish Naturalist Lorcán Ó Tuathail, who suggests Dún Aonghasa, in the Aran Islands, may have been deliberately constructed under the migratory path of cranes. More details in the comments on our page. This is the most famous of the stone forts on the Aran Islands in Galway Bay (boats avaialble from Galway town). Although over-restored, it is a magnificent structure perched on top of a sheer 60-metre cliff, with two rows of semicircular defences and a very fine “chevaux-de-frise” of thousands of sharp pieces of limestone set upright to impede access.

Dun Aengus

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 11:11

A possible link between Atlantic Megaliths and Crane Animism, a new book by Irish Naturalist Lorcán Ó Tuathail, who suggests Dún Aonghasa, in the Aran Islands, may have been deliberately constructed under the migratory path of cranes. More details in the comments on our page. This is the most famous of the stone forts on the Aran Islands in Galway Bay (boats avaialble from Galway town). Although over-restored, it is a magnificent structure perched on top of a sheer 60-metre cliff, with two rows of semicircular defences and a very fine “chevaux-de-frise” of thousands of sharp pieces of limestone set upright to impede access.

Carrowmore

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 10:43

Talk: The Arrangement of Space in the Irish Passage Tomb Tradition: Monuments in the West and East by Lynda McCormack, Friday Feb 23rd in Sligo. A large collection of Passage Graves and other sites in Co. Sligo. Although concentrated in the townland of Carrowmore, there are also passage-tombs in other neighbouring townlands – most of them ruined and looking like portal-tombs.

Carrowmore

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 10:43

Talk: The Arrangement of Space in the Irish Passage Tomb Tradition: Monuments in the West and East by Lynda McCormack, Friday Feb 23rd in Sligo. A large collection of Passage Graves and other sites in Co. Sligo. Although concentrated in the townland of Carrowmore, there are also passage-tombs in other neighbouring townlands – most of them ruined and looking like portal-tombs.

Black Loch of Myrton Settlement

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 10:25

Black Loch of Myrton Talk at Edinburgh University, 6th February, and videos online about the excavations - details in the comments on our page. Excavations at Black Loch of Myrton in Dumfries and Galloway in 2015, 2016 and 2017 have yielded stunning new information about life in the Iron Age. The work has focussed on very well preserved early Iron Age settlement which was located on the fringes of a boggy loch, long since drained.

Lincoln Greetwell Henge/disc barrow

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:12

Lots more news from the Lincolnshire Bypass (or prehistoric landscape to give it a better name) - Cremation Urn, Axe head, human skeletons, Bronze earring, more in the comments on our page and follow the links for excellent reporting from Lincolnshire Live. ...lots of barrows, but is there a henge too?. Barrow Cemetery and 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

Muyil

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 17:33

Ancient Village or Settlement in Quintana Roo The archaeological site of Muyil is located near the lagoon of the same name. The earliest traces of habitation here come from Pre-Classic period, but the religious centre started to develop in the Classic period (200 - 800 CE).

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

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:54

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.