Some of the ideas discussed in this blog are published in my new book called "The Stonehenge Bluestones" -- available by post and through good bookshops everywhere. Bad bookshops might not have it....
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Monday, 10 May 2021
Here are some fabulous images of the fjord landscape of Vestfirdir, which I first visited in 1960 and where we had a big project in the 1970's. Flat-lying basalts have been sculpted during a succession of intensive glacial episodes, and the west-facing fjord troughs are truly spectacular.
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
This is one of the most striking satellite images I have ever seen -- it's from Apple Maps, and shows Iceland as it appears with a sprinkling of snow in the high mountains and on upland plateaux in the north. The ice caps in the south are very clearly shown, and when you zoom in all sorts of landscape features are shown with remarkable clarity, enhanced by the subtle colourings.
Friday, 30 April 2021
There has been more recent coverage of the discoveries of log boats in the mudbanks of the River Boyne near Drogheda. Of course, Newgrange is not far away -- so the temptation is to say that the log boats are somehow connected, and that they must be Neolithic in age. Maybe they were used for the transport of stones?https://mythicalireland.com/MI/blog/news/spotted-by-drone-an-ancient-logboat-in-the-river-boyne-at-drogheda/
Monday, 26 April 2021
The previously described Banc Llwydlos passage grave, seen from the closed end -- which is probably where the burial chamber was located. This is about 450m away from the Banc Llwydlos "village", to the NW. About 40m away from this passage grave is the strange "ruined cromlech" with the massive dolerite slab resting on a small boulder and another cantilevered slab........
Grid reference: SN 08746 33223.
Of greater interest is a rather indistinct feature to the west of the "circle" made of two more or less parallel embankments about 50 - 60 cm high and obviously cored by boulders and stones. Each bank is about 1m wide, and the elongated hollow between the two banks is about 1m wide. The southern end is closed off, and at the northern end, about 8m away, there is an area of irregular mounds and hollows which may be made of material taken from an entrance portal or maybe from a mound that existed at one time. My instinct is to classify this feature with the other three passage graves already known from this area of moorland. It's not as spectacular, but in scale and orientation (opening to the north) it looks as if it might be part of a family.......... Grid ref: SN 09285 33102.
Friday, 23 April 2021
This looks interesting -- at long last, the results of the survey work undertaken by Cotswold Archaeology along the rote of the gas pipeline installed in 2005-2007 between Milford Haven and Tirley in Gloucestershire. I'm most interested in the Pembrokeshire bit of the 317 km route. The book (in which Tim Darvill is the lead author) is published by Oxbow at £20. From the published summary of the book: