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The Five Knolls (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Myth and Geology

I've always loved the idea of the fossil sea urchins at this site.
Here's an article about the subject in general, in a whole book about Myth and Geology.
It's by Kenneth McNamara, and called 'Shepherds' Crowns, Fairy Loaves and Thunderstones: the mythology of fossil echinoids in England.'

West Kennett Avenue (Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue)

Internet Archive

Excavation by A.D. Passmore in 1922 of a stone by the main road, east of West Kennett village. In the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine.

The Rollright Stones (Stone Circle)


A striking comic strip of the legend.

The Sanctuary (Timber Circle)

Internet Archive

An article by Mike Pitts on 'Excavating the Sanctuary', from WANHM 94 (2001).

Uley Bury Camp (Hillfort)


Nearby West Hill (between Uley Bury and Hetty Peglar's Tump) was the site of an Iron Age shrine, and after it, a Roman temple. It's even possible that there was a Neolithic monument beneath these. You can download EH's Archaeological Monograph about the excavations of "The Uley Shrines" by Woodward and Leach (1993) from the ADS website.

England (Country)


You can download EH's Archaeological Monograph on 'The Neolithic Flint Mines of England' (1999) by Topping, Barger and Field, from the ADS website.



You can now download Peter Clark's EH Archaeological Monograph about the Dover Bronze Age Boat (2004) from the ADS website.

Stonehenge (Stone Circle)


You can download the EH Archaeological Monograph 'Stonehenge in its Landscape' by Montague, Cleal and Walker (1999) from the ADS website.

Hazleton Long Barrows


The EH Archaeological Monograph 'Hazleton North: the excavation of a Neolithic long cairn of the Cotswold-Severn group' by Alan Saville (1990) can now be downloaded from the ADS site.

Cadbury Castle (South Cadbury) (Hillfort)


You can download Barrett,Freeman and Woodward's (2000) EH monograph about the hillfort from the ADS website, which goes into great detail about the excavations. I particularly like the finds of beads and ammonites, and armlets of Kimmeridge Shale.

Brean Down (Round Barrow(s))


You can download the EH monograph 'Brean Down: Excavations 1983-1987' by Martin Bell from the ADS website. He calls the site "the best preserved Bronze Age settlement sequence in Southern Britain", with five prehistoric occupation phases amidst 5m of blown sand and eroded soil.

Trowie Knowe (Chambered Cairn)


From the Proceedings of the Antiquaries Society of Scotland v39 - John Abercromby reports how he 'attacked the cairn' on the 2nd of June 1904, which was honest and enthusiastic at least. I hoped there might be a bit of a story about the 'Trowie' (or troll) but there isn't.

Hanging Bank, Ecton Hill (Round Barrow(s))

Peak District Mines Historical Society

You might like this link, Stubob - it's an article by John Barnatt and Garth Thomas about the evidence pointing to copper mining at Ecton Hill in prehistoric times. It's from 'Mining History' - there are lots of other editions on the website
It must have been a significant place.

Whitley Church (Enclosure)

Stocksbridge and District History Society

This page has photos of Wharncliffe Crags, a recent sculpture of the dragon, and the dark gap in the looming crags that was the dragon's den.

Ty Illtyd (Chambered Tomb)

Google Books

A page from the RCAHMS's Inventory of Ancient Monuments in Brecknock, showing a diagram of the various incised marks on one of the stones.

Auchenlaich Cairn (Chambered Cairn)


'Claish, Stirling: an early Neolithic structure in its context', in Proc. Soc. Antiq. Scot. v132 (2002).

Page 114 of the article has a section by S M Foster and J B Stevenson on the "extraordinary monument" of the cairn.

Giant's Grave (Holcombe) (Long Barrow)

Internet Archive

'Records by Spade and Terrier' by the Rev. J.D.C. Whickham. You can read about the excavations of the Giant's Ground in 1909.

Spetisbury Rings (Hillfort)

British Museum

The bronze cauldron in colour.

Old Oswestry (Hillfort)

Past Horizons

George Nash talks about the 'Pegasus Stone', found in 2008 near the currently beleaguered fort. It's a raised carving of a horse and could be from the Iron Age / Romano-British era...

(tipped off from the Heritage Journal's mention of a seminar in Oswestry on the 22nd February)

The Hole Stone (Holed Stone)

Out and About with Joe Graham

Mr Graham standing with the stone on its rocky mound.
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This hill, it has a meaning that is very important for me, but it's not rational. It's beautiful, but when you look, there's nothing there. But I'd be a fool if I didn't listen to it.

-- Alan Garner.

...I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn...

-- William Wordsworth.

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