Author Archives: Landscape and Monumentality

The Lia Fáil, the Stone of Destiny, vandalised

Ireland’s Stone of Destiny – The Lia Fáil – located at the sacred Hill of Tara, has been desecrated yet again in an act described as a ‘mindless act of vandalism’. The stone was subject to a hammer attack in … Continue reading

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Thornborugh Henges Saved for the Nation

Historic England and English Heritage have secured the future of two massive henge monuments and their surrounding landscape, part of a Neolithic complex in North Yorkshire hailed as “the Stonehenge of the North”. Two construction firms Tarmac and Lightwater Holdings, … Continue reading

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The Mythical Rings of Waun Mawn

Many thanks to Tim Dawson on his excellent blog for drawing our attention to a recent article published in the journal “Antiquity” in which Professor Tim Darvill, Bournemouth University, challenges the proposition by Mike Parker Pearson and his team … Continue reading

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Waun Mawn and Stone 62 at Stonehenge

There has been much coverage in the media recently about the identification of the source of the bluestones at Waun Mawn that we hardly need another post on the matter. However, as Waun Mawn as the source of some of … Continue reading

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Arthur’s Stone: Digging up the King

Legends claim that this monument is either the tomb of the legendary King Arthur himself, his son or a giant that he killed. Indentations on one stone are said to be the marks of the giant’s elbows when he fell … Continue reading

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St Lythans Burial Chamber

Megalithic Kennels  Several chambered tombs in Wales bear the “filiast” name, such as Twlc y Filiast, Gwal y Filiast (St Lythans) and Lletty’r y Filiast (Great Orme), meaning “Lair of the Grey Hound Bitch” but no satisfactory explanation for this … Continue reading

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Stonehenge: The Latest Theories

Giant glacial erratic hailed as ’missing piece’ of Bluestone puzzle A giant bluestone erratic discovered earlier this year near Mumbles, on the south Gower coast, South Wales, has been hailed as one of the most important glacial discoveries of the … Continue reading

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Tracking the Beltane Sunrise

In the late 1960’s John Michell “rediscovered” the St Michael Line. Michell noted that Burrow Mump was 11 miles from Glastonbury Tor, both orientated at 27 degrees north of east, to the Beltane sunrise on 1st May. Extending this line … Continue reading

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Waun Mawn: The bluestone circle that never was

After all the hype that the Stones of Stonehenge Project had identified a bluestone circle in Preseli, south-west Wales, that was dismantled in the Neolithic period and the monoliths transported to Salisbury Plain to be used in the first stone … Continue reading

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Lindow Man: The Last of the Bog Bodies?

Part I Pools of Violence On 13 May 1983 two men working on commercial peat extraction at Lindow Moss, near Wilmslow, Cheshire, noticed a round object about 20cm diameter on the conveyor belt of the elevator. It was their responsibility … Continue reading

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