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Images of Cornwall 2 – Boscawen-Un

by Alan S. For our second video tour of some of the sites of West Cornwall we revisit the Boscawen Un stone circle, near St Buryan. If there’s a specific site you’d like to see covered in this series, please leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

Images of Cornwall 1 – The Men an Tol

by Alan S. For some time now, I’ve been wanting to commit some of my site visits to video. Since moving to Cornwall earlier this year I’ve had limited time to get out and about, but am slowly putting together short films of some of the sites I’ve had the opportunity to visit. So without […]

Cornwall: West Penwith Wanderings (Part 1)

If you ever find yourself in West Penwith (Cornwall) with 3 hours or so to spare, this walk should satisfy the Megalithic cravings of most people as it takes in half a dozen or more sites of different types. The walk will take a minimum of 2.5 hours, much longer if you dally at the […]

Bad Archaeology

As we’ve said many times, and as the attendees at our megameets prove time and time again, we are (largely) a collection of ‘Ordinary people, caring for Extraordinary places‘. Very nice people, it has to be said, but in the main we’re not showered with professional archaeology qualifications. Luckily, we have access to several ‘tame’ […]

The Journal’s Top Ten: No 1 – “Reclaiming Prehistory”

Concluding our review of the most popular Journal articles. Number 1 was written by our member Tombo in 2004. Reclaiming Prehistory A heartfelt plea from our member Tombo for “the myth of barbarism” to be lifted from our prehistory and for our ancient places to be given the care they deserve. ************************************************ Introduction The stone circle […]

Damage to scheduled monuments: please don’t keep quiet. Here’s why:

Here are a couple of before and after images of Boslow Inscribed Stone, St Just, Cornwall. Fortunately the Boslow site is being monitored by CASPN (Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network) in conjunction with Cornwall Council’s Historic Environment Service Officer who has already spoken to the farmer. However, there are many thousands of ancient sites elsewhere […]

Christmas Competition: the answers

Back in September the Environment Agency released a massive amount of open source LIDAR data for England and Wales. It is a bit patchy but we found LIDAR for ten well known (and not so well known) prehistoric sites. Your task over the Christmas break was simply to identify each of the sites. So how did you […]

Sharpitor NW stone alignments

We continue our series looking at Dr Sandy Gerrard’s research into stone row monuments of the South West. This time we are looking at one of a pair of alignments north west of Sharpitor on Dartmoor and next time we shall examine its neighbour. The two stone alignments are situated close to each other on […]

Inside the Mind of… Steve Hartgroves

Another instalment of our ‘Inside the Mind‘ series brings responses to our now familiar questions from Steve Hartgroves. Brief Bio After an initially unsuccessful time at college, followed by a short career with British European Airways (BEA) operating their fledgling computerised reservations system, Steve set off for the almost obligatory ‘trip to India’, which was abandoned before completion due to […]

A plea for “the myth of barbarism” to be lifted from our prehistory

English Heritage’s “Heritage Cycle”, published in their Research Strategy for Prehistory, neatly illustrates how awareness of heritage leads to care for heritage…. In the same document they quote the words of the All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group that noted that prehistory doesn’t feature in the English school national curriculum and that “the UK is the […]