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Boheh (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Megalithic rock-scribing found near Croagh Patrick

A rare sample of megalithic engraving or “rock-scribing” has been found on an ancient pilgrimage route to Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo.

The prehistoric ornamentation resembles that found in Lough Crew, Co Meath, and is one of just of two rock art samples of its type to be identified west of the Shannon, according to archaeologist Michael Gibbons.

The panel had been concealed behind the outcropping at the Boheh townland known as St Patrick’s chair, which has some 250 petroglyphs or carvings on its surface. The carvings are believed to have been inspired by the “rolling sun” phenomenon, where the setting sun appears to glide down the flank of Croagh Patrick during the months of April and August.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
28th February 2015ce

Great Orme and its Environs

"Blodwen" comes home!

The 5,000 yr old skeleton found on the Little Orme by quarrymen 123 yrs ago finally comes home to Llandudno and will be the centre of a major exhibition in April.
Posted by JohnAko
17th February 2015ce
Edited 18th February 2015ce


What is the brocken spectre?

A spooky weather effect, which in the past was thought to be a supernatural creature, has been photographed in Glen Coe. But what is the story behind it?

The myth describes him as a Scottish Big Foot, said to loom large in shifting grey cloud on the UK's second highest mountain.

The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdui first came to prominence in the 1920s during a dinner speech at an annual gathering of the Cairngorm Club in Aberdeen. etc .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
17th February 2015ce


Ancient grave found in Orkney

Archaeologists have been excavating the site of a child's grave on an Orkney island.

The grave - which it is believed could be up to 4,000 years old - was uncovered on Sanday's shoreline by winter storms and high tides.

It is thought the skeleton could be that of a child aged between 10 and 12.

The find was made by Carrie Brown, of See Orkney tours, who called in local archaeologists.

Historic Scotland was alerted, and experts were sent to Sanday on Saturday.

The skeleton will be analysed by an osteoarchaeology team in more suitable climatic conditions.

The remains were found on 3 February.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
15th February 2015ce

Shire Ditch (Dyke)

Malvern Hills Cable Car Proposal

The Malvern Hills Conservators, the charity which owns and protects the Hills and Commons of Malvern, is meeting this week to discuss proposals for a cable car on the Malvern Hills.

The Shire Ditch, one of four Scheduled Ancient Monuments on the Malvern Hills, lies immediately under the site currently proposed for the terminal, gift shop, café and visitor centre close to the summit of the Worcestershire Beacon:

PRESS RELEASE: Conservators to meet to discuss cable car proposal

The Malvern Hills Conservators, the charity which owns and protects the Hills and Commons of Malvern, is meeting this week to discuss proposals for a cable car on the Hills.

The cable car has been put forward by a group calling itself Malvern for All. The group are currently proposing that the car would operate from land to the south of Rose Bank Gardens - to a point just below the summit of the Worcestershire Beacon. Their current plans include a building close to the top of the Beacon which would house a gift shop, visitor centre, café and toilets. The system would require a base terminal building with coach parking and at least three pylons on the Hills, along with overhead cables. All this building would be on land owned by the Malvern Hills Conservators and so cannot proceed without the consent of the Conservators.

Helen Stace, Chairman of the Board of Conservators, said ‘The Conservators were established by Parliament to preserve the natural beauty of the Hills and keep them free of buildings and encroachment. This development would clearly have a significant impact on this iconic landscape, which would appear to be entirely at odds to the core purpose of our Acts. However, the idea has attracted a lot of interest, in the press, within the local community and from regular visitors to the Hills, so we felt the time was right for the Board to debate and vote on this proposal.’

As well as being protected under the Malvern Hills Acts, the Hills have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to their national importance for wildlife and geology. They form a major part of the Malvern Hills ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ – a designation intended to give protection to landscapes ‘whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation’s interest to protect them’.

A special meeting of the Board will take place at 7.00pm on Thursday 12th February at the Council Chamber, Avenue Road, Malvern. The public are welcome to attend. Public questions for the meeting must be received in writing by the Conservators by noon on Tuesday 10th February.

Special Board meeting February 2015 Agenda

Special Board meeting February 2015 Paper

Special Board meeting February 2015 Appendix 5 (Open Spaces Society Letter)
Posted by credashill
9th February 2015ce
Edited 10th February 2015ce

Highland (Mainland)

Bronze Age "bowman" found in Drumnadrochit cist

A bit more exciting than Nessie!

"DRUMNADROCHIT'S earliest-known resident, who lived around 4500 years ago, wore a stone guard on his wrist when using a bow and arrow and favoured geometric designs on his kitchenware.

Following the discovery last month of an early Bronze Age burial cist in the village, archaeologists have found shards of pottery and a wrist guard on the same site."

Continues here:
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
4th February 2015ce

Anglesey (County)

Standing Stones of Anglesey

A photographic exhibition of the standing stones of Anglesey at Llandudno museum which may be interesting and a good coffee stop when returning from said stones. On until 28 Feb 2015.
Posted by JohnAko
2nd February 2015ce
Edited 3rd February 2015ce

Blessington Demesne 1 (Round Barrow(s))

Ex-Garda ‘likely to have disturbed human remains’ at protected monument

RETIRED GARDA is likely to have “removed and disturbed human remains” when he damaged a Bronze Age burial mound in County Wicklow, a court has heard.
Tony (also known as Thomas) Hand, aged 69, had denied interfering with the national monument at Carrig, Blessington by taking stones from the protected site on the night of 4 May, 2011.
However following a week-long trial at Bray Circuit Court, he was convicted yesterday of criminal damage to the prehistoric stone circle.


There are two sites of this name, Desmene 1 and 2, so it could be either....
moss Posted by moss
30th January 2015ce

Carwynnen Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

More than a pile of stones: The archaeological quest at a burial chamber in Neolithic Cornwall

Jacky Nowakowski, the Lead Archaeologist with the Cornwall Archaeological Unit, on the amazing restoration of the Carwynnen Quoit megalith.

The chamber belongs to a class of portal dolmens
"When the three granite uprights and the massive capstone collapsed in the 1960s earth tremor, they created a heap of stones which protected the ground beneath.

During the ensuing 50 years of land clearance, more large stones were heaped up onto the pile. These continued to ensure that the original area of the monument chamber was protected from later damage by ploughing.

The floor of the monument, an intact stone pavement, is made up of a narrow strip of compacted small stones which formed a hard-standing surface arranged in a doughnut-like circuit.

This embraced the central part, made up of slightly larger stones pressed firmly into the soil beneath.

More than 2,000 finds were made in our 2012 test pits and Big Dig trench, covering a wide variety of objects dating to all ages.

The main discovery was the partial survival of a remarkable stone pavement on the footprint of the original Neolithic monument, made up of small stones mainly of granite with some quartz pieces covering an area of approximately 5.5m² under topsoil.......

And there is much more on this community spirited archaeological excavation.....

Article by Ben Miller.
moss Posted by moss
14th January 2015ce

Moncreiffe Hill (Hillfort)

Archaeologists Hoping To Scrape Their Way To Moncreiffe Hill's Ancient Secrets

Painstaking excavations of one of Tayside's greatest Iron Age seats of power have been carried on Moncreiffe Hill.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
8th January 2015ce
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