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Respond to: Sun 25th July, Megalithic Portal Festival of British Archaeology Ancient Site Hunt in Kent
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from Newton Abbot, Devon
| New Message Posted!2010-07-24 15:58  |
That is bad news, Andy. Poor Ruth... I do hope she will soon be well again.
(I was just about to add 'Good Luck for the Kent Fest' too!)
from Surrey, UK
| New Message Posted!2010-07-23 15:17  |
Unfortunately my wife is still stuck in hospital trying to recover from a recent illness. She is getting better but I will have to give this Sunday's event in Kent a miss in order to concentrate on being able to run our event in Wales next Saturday.
Please carry on without me as this is an activity you can do in any spare time you have with the information we have available on our web site.
from Surrey, UK
| New Message Posted!2010-07-15 10:04  |
The gist of it is to use our extensive site database to find interesting locations to visit. We're trying to focus on ones that no one has sent photos or descriptions for and there are loads of these in North Kent.
Choose a broad area and put the postcode or OS map reference into our search box (press Enter) Town and village names are also worth trying.
Or you can go to our main page for Kent and browse from there.
(You'll need to go to the bottom of the page and press Next Matches to
step through all the sites.) You can also narrow the search down by
choosing types of site you're interested in.
A few promising looking areas in Kent are in the nearby sites to these pages
Click on one of the green or red icons on the map, then click on the little link that pops up. That will take you to the page for the site
('site page' as we call it)
Once there you will see what information we already have, an OS map and nearby sites in the area that you can navigate in the same way.
On the site page there are lots of coloured square icons, these all lead to maps, aerial photos and other information. As well as the well known Streetmap and Multimap, it's worth looking at the "Magic Map" which has large scale maps with lots of detail and "Old Maps" may have useful information too.
Once you are logged in to the Portal, click on 'Your Own Page' in the left menu, then Select Theme, then choose 'Mobile' theme. This gets rid of the side bars so is better for printing pages and viewing on mobile devices. Of course if you have one of these then you can take the Portal with you. The alternative is to print the most promising looking pages, which gets you the list of Nearby sites too.
On the ground a GPS is useful (even cheap car sat navs can be programmed to location by longitude and latitude so it's worth making a note of some of these).
If you're really geared up in the GPS department you can visit our data download page here
and download all the sites in each county in a KML or CSV (Excel Spreadsheet) file. There are online tools to convert these formats to Waypoint files for use with all manner of satnavs.
See what you can find on the ground and most of all, take some photos.
If you're sure you have the right location, photos are useful even if there's nothing prehistoric to see.
I haven't visted these sites so I can't really guide you other than to help you find them yourself.
If you're after an organised day, try
Discover Bigbury: an Iron Age Hillfort on your Doorstep
We also have the 'classic' Medway Megaliths listed eg
but we have plenty of photos of these!
I'm not sure which sites I'm going to visit on the day at the moment but for a group meet up we could meet at lunchtime, or an early evening get together at a pub somewhere and compare notes as to how we got on, I'm open to suggestions!
Make a note of my mobile number 07910 900298 as I'll have that on the day and let me know yours if you like (perhaps send a text)
| New Message Posted!2010-06-20 20:40  |
Best of luck.
Sorry I can't be there but here's two sites that might be interesting to visit.
Shoulder of Mutton Wood Bowl Barrow
I know someone who has visited this barrow and they did say although not impressive it is still visible.
Have visited this site. The earthwork defences are still visible. When I went there the site was covered in trees but there are numerous footpaths across it. There is a campste right next to the hillfort.
All the best with your hunt.
from Surrey, UK
| New Message Posted!2010-05-26 20:51  |
We have some confirmed attendees for this event, so it's definitely going ahead.
I don't have a very clear plan for it at the moment, other than to split into groups, depending on how many of us there are and try and find some obscure sites rather than the 'usual' Kent megaliths that everyone knows about.
Please do share ideas below as to where we could go. Don't forget you can now change the page theme to 'Mobile' at http://www.megalithic.co.uk/user.php to help with printing out pages of sites to visit.
from Surrey, UK
| New Message Posted!2010-05-14 17:12  |
I will be sending this out in the news but here is a thread to help plan the day. Can you join us for a day out in Kent? Exact locations TBD
Megalithic Portal Ancient Site Hunt in Kent
Part of the Festival of British Archaeology
Date Sun 25th July 2010
Use the Megalithic Portal web resource to discover prehistoric sites near you. On the day we will be exploring fascinating and little-known ancient sites in North and East Kent. Full itinerary to be posted nearer the time.
We want to encourage individuals and families to visit, appreciate and photograph many of the sites we have listed but that are missing images or other details.
There will be teams of us exploring the area on the day - full itinerary to be posted nearer the time. If you cannot get to join us you can still get involved by going online and checking your own local sites by postcode or grid reference.
Contact: Andy Burnham, e-mail: email@example.com
Text and Tel: (including on the day) 07910 900298
[ This message was edited by: Andy B on 2010-05-19 12:09 ]