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Arderawinny (Portal Tomb) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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21st July 2014ce

Templebryan (Stone Circle) — Images

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21st July 2014ce

Foel Dduarth (west) (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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21st July 2014ce

Foel Dduarth (Enclosure) — Images

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21st July 2014ce

Carnedd y Saeson (Cairn(s)) — Images

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D1 Steenbergen (Hunebed) — Images

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21st July 2014ce

D1 Steenbergen (Hunebed) — Fieldnotes

Visited: July 11, 2014

This hunebed, the northernmost in Drenthe, lies just south of the village of Roden and close to the hamlet that gives it its name: Steenbergen. Hunebed D1 Steenbergen is a sizeable hunebed, and particularly impressive because it has not suffered stone-robbing over the millennia like so many of the others. The full complement of 12 sidestones with six capstones in place, two endstones and a fine entrance portal are all plain to see.
Standing diagonally on a low sand hill, D1 is located in an attractive, woodland tourist area about 150 metres from a car park adjacent to the main road (Hoofdweg) leading north from the hamlet of Steenbergen.

When originally surveyed by A E van Giffen in 1918, this hunebed was in ruinous condition. All the capstones had fallen from their supports and one was broken into five pieces. In a 1953 restoration project, the broken stone was repaired, partly fallen sidestones were re-erected, and all the capstones were reinstated on their supports. Several times since, the portal capstone has had to be replaced after being pushed from its supports by vandals.

In March 1997, the dolmen was severely damaged by arson, which resulted in capstone No 2 being split into a considerable number of fragments. The damage was repaired as well as possible by means of steel pins and epoxy resin, and the stone was replaced on the hunebed on July 21, 1997.



If visiting D1 Steenbergen by car, head north from the centre of the hamlet of Steenbergen along Hoofdweg for about 400 metres until you enter woodland. About 50 metres farther on you will encounter the 'car park' sign (red route). A short walk to the northwest, along a sandy road, brings you to the hunebed (blue marker).

If travelling by bus, take the No 83 from Assen (or Groningen) and alight at the 'Alteveer, Markeweg' halt. In the corner of the field at this junction you will see a small 'modern hunebed', a farmer's inventive way of disposing of unwanted boulders. Walk westwards along Markeweg for just under a kilometre, till it bends to the right, and look out for a waymarked path through the woods. After about 300 metres you come out on Hoofdweg, beside the aforementioned car-park (yellow route).

This link leads to a short YouTube video about Hunebed D1 Steenbergen, in particular pointing out the repairs to the damaged capstone.
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21st July 2014ce

Adam's Grave (Long Barrow) — Images

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20th July 2014ce

Giant's Grave (Martinsell) (Promontory Fort) — Images

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20th July 2014ce

Meuryn Isaf (Kerbed Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Now this one, ive been waiting a really long time to get round to seeing. The weather had dissuaded us from going anywhere too high up, also, seeing as the furthest ive walked since my back operation is down the road to Sainsburys, and with hindsight and extremely achy legs, i'm kind of glad we didn't go too high.
But, like Blossom found, it is a long and winding up hill road to the kerb cairn. We dithered a bit at the start trying to find the right route up, inadvertently following the same route up as Blossom.
It was very warm, we were waterproofed against the drizzle, but in summer you either stay cool or you stay dry, not both. It wasn't long until we entered the clouds and the outside world disappeared.
The map clearly shows the cairn on the east side of a forestry track junction, but I could see stones on the west side, closer inspection proved the map to be wrong. The cairn is indeed on the west side of the T junction.

The kerb cairn even three years ago was losing a battle against the surrounding heather, but it's a little worse now, three more years and you'll struggle to find anything at all. What I'd like, would be to take me bike up and stay there all afternoon trimming and pruning. The ride back down would be eye opening to say the least. It would benefit hugely from a tidy, how exactly i'm not sure, but i'd definitely like to see it better. Maybe someone else would.
Up to fifteen stones stand in a circle, some here some there, lots of gaps though. Some stones are contiguous, some are isolated. Some are over a foot tall, and some had to be teased out of hiding.
An off center hole in the cairn is,probably the site of the cist, only one long stone remains now, cist cover or one of the side stones we couldn't tell. The shape of the stone at one end looked like the wear you'd expect from a standing stone, but it could just be the shape of the stone.

I really liked this kerb cairn, but it was a long walk and almost hidden by the heather, the ordnance survey and the low clouds. I'll be back.
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20th July 2014ce

Foel Dduarth (west) (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Links

Coflein


Prehistoric settlement on Coflein
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20th July 2014ce

Meuryn Isaf (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

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20th July 2014ce

Garreg Fawr (Cup Marked Stone) — Fieldnotes

It's been a few years since Blossom helpfully highlighted the existence of this cup marked outcrop, and ive been dying to come here ever since. Unlike Bloss though we parked at the very pretty Nant y Coed nature reserve, below Dinas settlement, north east of the cups . It is much closer.
It was about a twenty minute walk, but the way wasn't immediately obvious, there is much going on with the map, but with much persevering we soon came across some worn out hut circles that showed we were on the right path and close to the cup marked start to the day.
The weather, it has to be said, was not exactly conducive to teary eyed views of the countryside, the clouds were low and we were in them, there was light drizzle, we were waterproofed but badly overheating. Visibility was down to twenty yards maybe.

So I was fairly amazed that we actually managed to find the cup marked outcrop. Alken remarked upon the number of cups we could see, about thirty maybe at a guess. I didn't realise there was so many, naughty Blossom never said how many there were. Some are shallow, but most are perfect examples, some could be tricks of the light, all had water in them, some had poo in them. The out doors is soooo dirty.

Blossom mentions that there are supposed to be other stones with art carved upon them, we couldn't find anything either. Then we find out about an Arrow stone in the next field and I wonder if that is it.

Shame about the weather, good site though.
postman Posted by postman
20th July 2014ce

Athgreany Rath — Fieldnotes

I approached this site from the bottom of the cliff in Hollywood glen at N934024. There is a small waterfall on the east side of the road that runs through the glen and just beside this is a pumping house of some sort. Directly opposite this you can see a track up towards the cliff-top. It is extremely steep and arduous.

This is called a rath here but I'd say promontory fort would better describe it. It's D-shaped, with the straight line of the D to the east and the maw of the cliff. It's maybe 40 metres north-south, but the ditch, where it can be seen below the vegetation, is impressive. There are some earthfast boulders peeping out of the structure of the defences but it's hard to say what the bank is made from. Allowing for silting over time, I'd say possibly 3 metres in places from bottom of ditch to top of bank.

There are no traces of any structure inside the small area of the fort, which has space for one homestead. Did the people who lived here, if this was a habitation site, build the stone circle below? The views west down to the N81, where traffic blasts noisily by, and across the Kildare plain are great. North-north-east the cairn of Slievecorragh is visible.
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20th July 2014ce

Garreg Fawr (Cup Marked Stone) — Images

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20th July 2014ce
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