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PRAWR 150 (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Mains of Moyness (Ring Cairn) — Images

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Embo (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Gebla ta' Sansuna (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — News

Gebla ta' Sansuna scheduled


From Stonepages

Maltese prehistoric site scheduled to stand

The MEPA (Malta Environment & Planning Authority) board confirmed the scheduling of a prehistoric site and turned down appeals to have the scheduling reconsidered.
In the area around Ħagra ta' Sansuna in Xagħra lie the remains of a prehistoric temple. A man who owns nearby land said that the buffer zone negatively affected the value of his land, while another compared the scheduling to expropriation, and cited antiquity scholars John Evans and David Trump who expressed doubts about the site.
But the Heritage Planning Unit representative pointed out that land value was not a consideration when sites were scheduled, and pointed out that Evans and Trump doubted what the site was, (i.e. whether it is the remains of a Neolithic temple or a Bronze Age menhir/dolmen), but not its archaeological value. It should also be pointed out that in the 1968 National Ordinance Survey Maps, the site is indicated as a Neolithic Monument.
HPU also said the objector is incorrect in stating that there are no associated finds. During the widening of Triq Ġnien Imrik in 1946, a stone mortar used for corn grinding together with a number of prehistoric sherds were discovered and hastily re-buried. The MEPA board subsequently unanimously voted to keep the scheduling as is.

Central London — News

7,000-year-old timbers found beneath MI6 Thames headquarters


Archaeologists hail oldest wooden structure ever found on river, despite security services' armed response to researchers.

When MI6 set up home on the banks of the Thames one secret escaped its watchful eyes. The oldest wooden structure ever found on the river, timbers almost 7,000 years old, have been discovered buried in the silt below the windows of the security services' ziggurat headquarters at Vauxhall, south London.

The archaeologists who uncovered the six hefty timber piles had to explain to the security services what they were up to when armed police turned up after they were spotted pottering about on a foggy day in the mud, armed only with tripods, cameras and measuring equipment – not, as one spectator had apparently reported, shoulder-mounted rocket launchers.

"They accepted there wasn't much damage we could do with a tripod," said Gustave Milne, the archaeologist who leads the Thames Discovery programme that has been surveying the entire prehistoric foreshore, uncovering centuries of ancient wharves, fish traps, jetties and ship timbers.

The timbers, partly scoured bare by erosion of the river bed, the largest up to a third of a metre in diameter, were discovered in work during exceptionally low tides last February, but carbon dating work – revealed in the new edition of London Archaeologist journal – has only recently been completed, proving that the trees were felled between 4790 BC and 4490 BC.

Full story in The Guardian

Anta da Comenda Grande (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Formby (Ancient Trackway) — News

5000 year old footprints found on Formby beach


More prehistoric human footprints have been found along a 4 km strip of coast between Formby and Ainsdale that date back some 5,000 years.

Archaeologists today dubbed the discovery 'sensational', claiming it is one of the most significant historic footprint finds the country has seen.

Full article in Champion

Trefael (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — News

Standing stone may have guided the ancients through 'sacred landscape'


A solitary stone in a windswept Welsh field has helped shed light on how our neolithic ancestors came together in worship thousands of years ago.

A recent excavation programme at a standing stone known as Trefael, near Newport in Pembrokeshire, has revealed at least two unique episodes in its early history.

Archaeologists say as well as being a portal dolmen (a tomb made of giant stones) the standing stone was probably used as a ritual marker to guide communities through a sacred landscape.

Bristol University lecturer Dr George Nash, archaeologist and specialist in prehistoric and contemporary art, said the stones acted to create a precinct of sacred ground in the county.

The idea was that our neolithic ancestors could follow an organised pattern of worship, similar to that of church-goers in modern times.

What we have got is human communities who were very similar to ourselves. The neolithic communities had designated landscapes that were special and sacred, said Mr Nash.

Read More at WalesOnline

Cromeleque do Xarez (Stone Circle) — Images

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Menir da Meada (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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Cantraybruich (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Not much left to see here, just an arc of stones which probably formed part of the western side of the kerb of a cairn, with a pile of stones nearby.

Cantraybruich (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Culnakirk (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

Back in 1887, five cup marks were seen on this stone; by 1997 only two were visible. When I visited in 2010 none could be seen as most of the stone was covered in grass.

Culnakirk (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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Clachmhor (Cup Marked Stone) — Fieldnotes

I drove down the lane to Culnakirk steading in search of this panel and encountered a fairly new house named 'Clachmhor' on my left. The owner was pottering about in his yard so I asked him about the whereabouts of the stone. He amiably pointed over a fieldgate leading from his driveway to a large block just a few yards away.

Anta do Estanque (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Chapel Anta do San Brissos (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Cromeleque dos Almendres (Standing Stones) — Images

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Menir dos Almendres (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Anta de Pavia (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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