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The Ancient Monuments web site  “aims to list every scheduled monument in the British Isles.”

It’s a bold aim, and hopes to ‘crowdsource’ information on the sites including photos and notes, and the overview map shows just what a large task this is.

What makes this site different is that it has no boundaries as to timescale, unlike eg The Modern Antiquarian (link on menu at left, mainly pre-Roman) or The Megalithic Portal (link on menu at left, includes Dark Ages sites) websites. If a monument is Scheduled, then it’s included, regardless of age. This of course makes the map very busy and difficult to navigate if you’re searching for a particular period. Search is limited to a text string, or a Postcode, but monuments are also listed by area, so it’s possible to narrow the focus in that way.

Information is currently quite sparse on most of the megalithic monuments I checked, mainly giving location information via OS Grid Reference, Lat/Long and Postcode, with unitary authority information; County/District/Parish etc also given. The source of the data is also shown, and there is a facility for users to add their own notes and photos to any site. It is not made clear if this is subject to moderator’s control.

It’s not entirely clear as to what this site provides that others such as PastScape cannot, though the ability to upload information is an obvious bonus. There are two companion websites also available: British Listed Buildings,  – which is largely outside the prehistoric remit of Heritage Action but which is of a similar design and concept to the Ancient Monuments site, and a Heritage Forum which is a talking shop for the other two websites’ users to discuss issues. The forum categories show the main focus of the sites is on built heritage

All in all, a potentially useful addition to the megalithic researcher’s toolkit. With time and user contributions, this could develop into a very useful resource.


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