We continue our look back at some of the stories that we’ve highlighted during 2012.


We kicked off the month with an article about the Young Archaeologists Club and their appeal for funds. Sadly, with the ongoing cuts more branches than ever are in danger (Southampton Archaeology Unit has recently been identified as a victim of government cuts) so please give them your support where you can!

We highlighted the Tangible Benefits of Time Team style community archaeology and raised a question about the possibilities for a ‘Heritage Crime’ app for smartphones.  Despite some useful comments, we’ve seen no tangible results of that discussion as yet. Has anyone got something they would like to tell us on that front?

We wrote about the newly restored Devil’s Quoits at Stanton Harcourt, looked at some often overlooked sites that are Hidden in Plain Sight and continued our Olympic Campaign to get the Torch to stop at Silbury Hill.

We held our first Competition and wrote about visits to Carwynnen Quoit, the Falmouth Log Boat construction and Bosiliack Settlement,  all in Cornwall.


Once again, Mynydd Y Betws  returned to the spotlight and we looked at further deterioration at Thornborough Henges.

Heritage Crime was covered with the announcement of a series of talks on the ARCH initiative, a hammer attack on the Lia Fail standing stone at Tara in Ireland and we advised on How to Report Dumped Rubbish or Damage.

The Courtyard Houses of West Penwith and the Harlow Temple were visited during the month.

Meanwhile, Stonehenge was in the news with the announcement of another new theory of its origins, and the start of work on the new Visitor  Centre there.


July is always a month of meetings and get togethers, many as part of the CBA’s Festival of Archaeology.  There was our very own Megameet, held every year in Avebury and well attended again this year, the Megalithic Portal event in the Peak District with one of our own leading a guided walk up to Gardom’s Edge, and a talk at the Thornborough Henges.

We also reported on the Welwyn Archaeological Society conference  and a potentially damaging  TV Series, Britain’s Secret Treasures.


We featured articles this month about Heritage Crime, developer damage and insensitivity.

In outings we visited Flag Fen and the Norton Henge.

Suggestions for new ways to use Stonehenge was a popular mini-series throughout the month, and we suggested Six Newsfeeds you shouldn’t miss.

In addition to the above highlights, as ever we also continued our usual coverage of news items about archaeological heritage and crime, metal detecting and planning inconsistencies.

…to be concluded in Part 3. See Part 1 here