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The Red Lion, Avebury. Image credit Willow

It’s that time of the year again when we look forward to sun and summer, and our annual (this year being our fifth) picnic at Avebury. As the weather has not been too good for the last two years the picnic on the grass has normally ended up in the Red Lion, with people scattered amongst its many rooms. Fingers crossed for fine weather this year but, if not, the Red Lion in Avebury will again be our venue. Otherwise, the picnic will take place by the recumbent stone  in the south-east quadrant of the Avebury Henge from noon onwards on Saturday, 21 August 2010. All are welcome. Bring your own food and drink, or eat at one of several pubs around Avebury.

Watch this space for further updates.

Update 1.    If the weather’s poor, head for the large front room at the Red Lion (on the left as you enter from the front) and look out for people wearing a Megameet T-shirt. The sign below will also be on one of the tables (or by the recumbent stone above if we meet outside). People will start meeting from noon onwards so just come over and introduce yourself.

“Items from the 1969 excavation of Marden Henge have recently been made available on-line.

“Another 3,500 records of items in the collections of Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes have been uploaded to their website, including the records of artefacts found during the 1969 excavation of Marden Henge.

“The prehistoric site at Marden is 8 miles south east of Devizes and halfway between Avebury and Stonehenge and is currently being re-investigated by English Heritage. Marden Henge is the largest henge monument in Britain, enclosing an area of around 14 hectares with its enormous bank and ditch. New and important discoveries have been made, including the floor of a prehistoric rectangular building, estimated to be some 4500 years old!”

More here –

The PDF file on the summer news has some interesting tidbits. 

There is a new  ‘mimic’ design Iron Age roundhouse ‘remains’ at the viewpoint of Bwlch Pen Barras.

Talk of a newly discovered fort or defended enclosure, the site is located to the north-east of Caer Drewyn (a spectacular stone built hillfort in Corwen).

Plus successful restoration work is being carried out on the damaged heathland on the Llantysilio Mountains caused by motorbikes.  “The illegal circuit on on the edge of Moel y Gaer hillfort and the damage alongside the Moel y faen quarry has been repaired by a contractor, Tim Faire.  Tim has harrowed a native grass seed mix and suitable fertiliser into the damaged area and spread a total of 50 large rounds of heather bales.” 

Heather and Hillforts PDF file


August 2010

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