Category Archives: Ancient Sites

Watering Well or Ritual Shaft?

The discovery of the Wilsford Shaft, a 30m (100ft) deep pit, underneath what was thought to be a pond barrow (Wilsford 33a), during excavations in 1960-62 led to disagreement between the excavators, Paul Ashbee and Edwina Proudfoot, on the purpose … Continue reading

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Aubrey Burl on Callanish

It was announced recently that British archaeologist Aubrey Burl had passed away at the age of 93. Harry Aubrey Woodruff Burl, Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries, did not appreciate many of the weird and wacky theories that megalthic sites … Continue reading

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The Bridestones

The Bridestones is a prehistoric chambered burial cairn, near Congleton, on the Staffordshire-Cheshire border, constructed around five thousand years ago. Debate goes on as the origin of the name of this ancient tomb; one story claims it was named after … Continue reading

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The Great Orme Copper Mines

Situated on a prominent Carboniferous limestone headland on the north Wales coast above Llandudno, The Great Orme is one of Britain’s most important archaeological sites. The ancient copper mines here have been dated to The Bronze Age, between 1860 BC … Continue reading

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Old Oswestry Hillfort SOS

Old Oswestry Hillfort Facebook page reports: Last chance to save the landscape of Old Oswestry hillfort, one of Britain’s most important Iron Age sites, from infill with housing that could go elsewhere. A new consultation is underway on the planning … Continue reading

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King Arthur’s Hall

Near the village of St Breward on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, is an obscure rectangular stone enclosure known as King Arthur’s Hall. Many suggestions have been put forward to the origin and function of the Scheduled Ancient Monument, ranging from a … Continue reading

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The Old Stones – A Talk by Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham from the Megalithic Portal takes his illustrated talk based on the book The Old Stones to Llangollen Museum on Sunday 23 June, 7:30pm – 9:00pm. This event is hosted by Llangollen Museum which is a charity entirely run … Continue reading

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