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England (Country)

Ancient Craft

Ancient craft is dedicated to the archaeology of primitive crafts and technologies that encompass the three prehistoric ages: STONE; BRONZE and IRON. This includes working with materials such as stone (also known as "flintknapping"), wood, bone, horn, leather, metals and cloth (plant fibres, and wools).

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Churn Knob (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Birinus and Royal Berkshire History

Birinus on Wikipedia

Birstall enclosure settlement (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Iron Age life in Birstall

Earl Shilton Barrows (Round Barrow(s))

University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Earl Shilton barrows and boundaries


University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Leicestershire and Rutland in the First Millennium BC by Patrick Clay

Temple Grange Rothley (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

University of Leicester Archaeological Services

A Late Neolithic Circular Structure Discovered in Rothley, Leicestershire

University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Later Neolithic glimpses at Rothley, Leicestershire: Goings on with Grooved Ware

The Moody Bush Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Syston Town News

Many Systonians have probably heard of the Moody Bush Stone but have never seen it, as it is tucked away in a farmer‘s field off a Bronze age track now known as The Ridgemere, on the road from Syston towards South Croxton. This stone is thought to mark the spot where the Danish and Norman Court of ‘The Goscote Hundreds court’ met twice a year, where not only minor crimes but also disputes between tenants were tried and justice handed out, from Anglo Saxon times until the Middle Ages.
According to legend, it gave Syston its name (Sitestone in the Doomsday Book of 1086) but it is now thought that Syston is named after sixth century Angle Saxon called Sigehae and that ‘ton or tun’ was his homestead. It stands about 115cm or 45 inches above ground and 145cm or 57 inches around it. On one of the faces is carved ‘Moody Bush’ indicating that it was a meeting place. Moot is the old Danish word for meeting.

A curious custom was upheld before a trial at the Manorial Court of Sir John Danvers of Mountsorrel could commence. The Lord of the manor and his steward had to cut a piece of turf from the site and carry it to the court, as though the ground itself bestowed authority. This custom was carried out up to the beginning of the nineteenth century.

Husbands Bosworth Causewayed Enclosure

University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Living on the Edge - The Environs of a Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure

Cossington Barrows (Round Barrow(s))

University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Cossington Barrows: Monuments, memories and myths

Switzerland (Country)


Unusual Places in Switerland

Lutry Menhirs (Standing Stones)

Lieux - Insolites page of Lutry

French website with page on Lutry showing plans and details of stones

Avebury & the Marlborough Downs (Region)

UFO'S over Wiltshire Avebury, England July 26, 2010 by shivadamour

Wayland's Smithy (Long Barrow)

The Antiquaries journal, Volume 1 1921 page 183

Walands Smithy Berkshire

By C. R. Peers, Secretary, and Reginald A. Smith, F.S.A.

[Read i6th December 1920]

England (Country)

Portable Antiquities Scheme Database

"The Scheme's database holds records of artefacts and coins found by the public, whilst pursuing a wide range of activities (the majority from metal detecting). We do not record details of objects found by archaeologists, and these data can be found within the local Historic Environment Office."

"The half a million objects recorded mark was reached on March 21st 2010."

Dolaucothi Gold Mines (Ancient Mine / Quarry)

Dolaucothi Gold Mines - The National Trust

Details of the Dolaucothi Gold Mines and surrounding area from the National Trust. Site includes admission prices and opening times, for both the mines and the campsite.

Dyfed Archaeological Trust Website

Details of the Dolaucothi Gold Mines and surrounding area from the Dyfed Archaeological Trust

Weather Hill (Henge)

Details of site on Pastscape

Although this site was discovered by O G S Crawford, in the same way and at the same time as Woodhenge, it was not explored untill the late 1990's.

A sub circular enclosure is visible as a slight earthwork, though it was originally noted on air photographs. It comprises a slight bank with internal ditch, possibly interrupted by two entrances or causeways to the southeast and northwest. The diameter is circa 65 metres to 72 metres. The site has been interpreted as a possible henge, though alternatives cannot be ruled out.

A circular mark 60 paces in diameter, 193 in circumference, visible on APs 4276 and 9122. (1)
SU 20645260: A henge, slightly oval on plan and much reduced by ploughing, measuring some 45.0m in diameter internally. A probable entrance is visible in the SW and there is the suggestion of another in the NE. Surveyed at 1:2500. (2)
A probable Class II henge, oval in plan 72m NW-SE, 65m NE-SW. The ditch 0.6m deep with an inner bank 0.2m high. A causewayed enclosure is present on the southwest, with another, ill-defined on the north east. (3)
Sub-circular enclosure, visible as a slight earthwork, defined by a bank and internal ditch and possibly broken by two entrances. Possible henge. (4)

( 1) Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) - OS 6" in Devizes Museum (O G S Crawford)
( 2) Field Investigators Comments - F1 ANK 21-MAR-72
( 3) Council for British Archaeology Group 12: Newsletter 7, 1972 Page(s)16
( 4) by A F Harding ; with G E Lee 1987 Henge monuments and related sites of Great Britain : air photographic evidence and catalogue - BAR British series1 (1974) - Site 193 175 Page(s)292

Oliver's Castle (Hillfort)

Room 101

Room 101 from the movie 1984 showing Oliver's Castle and the Roundway landscape
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Chance was born in Ratae in the year of the Rat, and grew up in the territory of the Corieltauvi. Now living days walk west of Wale-dich (Avebury), on the border between the Atrebates, the Durotriges and the Dobunni.

Practical experience of excavation on Neolithic, Bronze-age, Roman sites.
Enjoys exploring on bicycle, with wild camp provisions along Roman roads and ancient Celtic tracks. Interested in the various tribes, how they divided their land, their agricultural calendar, their common beliefs and ritual systems. Often attends the tribal meetings held at Avebury and Stonehenge.

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