Ok, so as the saying goes: “Once is an accident, twice is a habit, three times is a tradition”. So with no further ado, we present our now traditional (!) Review of the Heritage Journal Year.

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January

2014 started much the way the previous year had finished, with stories of potential environmental and heritage  landscape damage due to development. We introduced our Events Diary, a new page listing various walks, talks and other events that catch our eye (don’t forget, if you have an event you’d like listed, drop us a line to bring it to our attention!) And as holiday planning is a traditional January activity, we pointed out some Top 10 lists for ‘staycationers’ to consider.

We have been quite scathing toward Cadw (and will continue to be) for their handling of the Myndd Y Betws affair, but in fairness we have to point out the good side of their work too, in this case teaching schoolchildren about what may have gone on at our ancient sites.

The Oswestry Hillfort story continued with a Protest Meeting at the end of the month, we tried to clear some of the fog surrounding the Stonehenge road saga and our continuing general campaign against depletion of the archaeological resource provided a handy infographic for other countries considering setting up a PAS-like scheme.

February

This month was dominated by news from the Hands Off Old Oswestry Hillfort campaign, with several stories devoted to the inconsistencies in the arguments for the development proposals.

There was good news on the teaching of Prehistory in schools and the English Heritage commissioners expressed some concerns about the forthcoming split/reorganisation into two separate bodies.

At Stonehenge, there was still no word on which tunnel English Heritage were supporting so while we waited, we gave you five musical tributes to the stones to listen to. Which was your favourite?

Oh yes, and we faced down some critics of our stance towards the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

March

We featured another five (lesser known) Stonehenge songs at the start of the month, and started a new occasional series, a Prehistoric A-Z, with a look at the Apron Full of Stones.

Our (now infamous) Artefact Erosion Counter clicked over 5 million recordable finds since the start of the PAS (which had recorded just shy of 1 million objects in the same period). By an unhappy coincidence, our story about the Medway Finders Club dig which unearthed Anglo-Saxon artefacts was, by a long chalk, our most read story of the year.

Following the damage caused at Mynydd Y Betws following the construction of a wind turbine, Dr Sandy Gerrard provided a solid case over five days for a prehistoric interpretation of the Bancbryn stone alignment.

We provided a full  report  of the Current  Archaeology Live conference, which we hope to attend once again in 2015, and gave an update on the restoration works at Carwynnen Quoit, where the first upright had been re-erected.

The Nine Ladies circle at Stanton Moor  was subjected to a paint attack, and we reported on a potential threat to a portion of Offa’s Dyke at Trefonen.

April

We started the Spring month with a look at essentials for a heritage trip ‘go-bag’,  with some good additional suggestions in the comments. We followed up with some suggestions for organising photos from your trips. Fully prepared, we grabbed our bag and took a drive around Early Hertfordshire.

Sadly, April marks the start of the silly season for some, and this year it was the turn of the Alton Barnes white horse to suffer from the April Fools. Elsewehere, illegal off-roader activity caused damage in the Mendips.  Meanwhile at Stonehenge, the debate rumbled on and we made some predictions.  We also provided a timely reminder that “Heritage ONLY survives because “someone” has stopped its destruction”.

The Prehistoric A-Z continued with a look at Arbor Low and we looked at the possibilities afforded by local Heritage Trails.

Tune in tomorrow for more nostalgic links in the second part of our 2014 review!