Trevelgue Head

Submitted by AngieLake on Saturday, 22 June 2024   (31648 reads)

Trevelgue Head

Iron Age and Later PrehistoryAn outstanding headland to the north of Newquay in Cornwall with still impressive Iron Age ramparts. The site is most dramatic when a heavy sea attacks the cliffs. This site must have been of special importance in prehistoric times because it protected a harbour probably used by those trading the local tin. Indeed evidence has been found here of bronze-smelting during the Bronze Age. Look out for the round barrows in various locations on the headland.
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Leskernick Quoit

Submitted by TheCaptain on Friday, 21 June 2024   (2153 reads)

Leskernick Quoit

Natural PlacesNear to the top of Leskernick Hill is a propped stone, which is thought to be a manmade site of ancient provenance - once thought to be a sort of dolmen, or quoit in Cornwall hence its name. It consists of a deltoid rock slab propped up on the main surface of a smooth rock platform, which looks possibly natural, but all I have read suggests that it has been put there with human hands.
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The solstice sunset from last night, thanks Sara!
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Wet Withens

Submitted by Andy B on Thursday, 20 June 2024   (37922 reads)

Wet Withens

Neolithic and Bronze AgeWet Withens, sometimes known as Wet Withers (Old English for ‘the wet land where willows grew’), is the largest embanked stone circle in Derbyshire. Located on a slight slope, just above the 335m contour, to the west of an extensive cairnfield, the ten or eleven millstone grit uprights are placed at the inner edge of a continuous bank. The bank is approximately 31m by 29.5m internally in diameter, between 2m and 3m wide and 1m high and most unusually it has no entrances. In addition, a small cairn lies to the south-east of the centre.
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Have a lovely summer solstice everyone and let the only orange colour be in the sky. Send us a photo if you visit an ancient site at the summer solstice, share plans and let us know how you get on in our forum. Top photo here is from 2021, with more from previous years on our page.
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Navajo Nat. Mon. - Betatakin

Submitted by bat400 on Wednesday, 19 June 2024   (6997 reads)

Navajo Nat. Mon. - Betatakin

Pre-ColumbianKayenta Ancestral Puebloan Ruin in Navajo County, Arizona. The village was built around 1250 AD and was occupied for about 50 years. It had 135 rooms, many of them granaries, and one kiva. The stone buildings are sited in a south east facing "cave" shelter in the Tsegi Canyon. Many of the rooms are reduced to the lowest runs of masonry. Others are relatively intact, with wood beams and supports in place.
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Torr A'chlachain, Mull

Submitted by Andy B on Tuesday, 18 June 2024   (3060 reads)

Torr A'chlachain, Mull

Iron Age and Later PrehistoryThis fort is an irregular oval on plan, 49m by 26m within a single wall which has been between 3m and 4.3m in thickness. Along the NE and SW sides the wall has almost vanished down the steep rocky flanks of the ridge and, where still visible, is now represented only by several outer facing-stones.
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Steinkiste Teufelssee Nord

Submitted by weldersdog- on Tuesday, 18 June 2024   (105 reads)

Steinkiste Teufelssee Nord

Date UncertainThis site is believed to be modern, set up in the 18th or 19th century when many ancient sites where robbed of stones for street or house building. Marks from stone cutters are all over the site. Many large rocks show drill marks or other sings from stone cutting. 10m in diameter with a cist in the middle of a circle of large stones. The capstone is 2.4m long and 1.5m wide - a flat limestone plate.
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Fruita Petroglyphs

Submitted by DrewParsons on Monday, 17 June 2024   (605 reads)

Fruita Petroglyphs

Rock ArtThese vertical sandstone cliff faces have numerous engravings created by the Fremont Culture peoples who settled the area between 600 and 1300 CE. However this European American archaeologist name is rejected by the Hopi, Paiute and Peublo of Zuni tribes who prefer the name Hisatsinom peoples whose history is interlaced with their origin myths and oral traditions.
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Callanish I

Submitted by TheCaptain on Thursday, 13 June 2024   (16829 reads)

Callanish I

Neolithic and Bronze AgeThe main Calanais site is rather cheesily known as "The Stonehenge of the North". The site forms a sort of Celtic Cross shape. Check the nearby sites list on our page for more details on each of the surrounding Callanish sites.
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Megalithic Portal Site Visit logs and blogs with images and maps

Submitted by Andy B on Wednesday, 12 June 2024   (5532 reads)

Megalithic Portal Site Visit logs and blogs with images and maps

PhotographyThe Megalithic Portal has had the facility to log sites that you have visited for some time, and our dedicated contributors have now logged almost 50,000 visits to ancient sites on our pages! We also have another way to show off all these visits, in your own 'blog' format with images and customised maps. It's really easy to get started with so please do have a go.
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This is worth a re-run as a reminder - you can also use our logs to highlight sites you'd like to visit in future...
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Lagatjar alignements

Submitted by TheCaptain on Tuesday, 11 June 2024   (20189 reads)

Lagatjar alignements

Neolithic and Bronze AgeThe Lagatjar alignements are an intriguing arrangement of stones, mostly consisting of large white quartz blocks on open common land, just to the west of the fishing town of Camaret, in the far west of the Crozon Peninsula, Finistere, Brittany. There are probably over a hundred stones, mostly aligned into three lines, but there are some outliers as well.
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Response to review of Gough and Harris’ book: A New Dimension to Ancient Measures

Submitted by Andy B on Friday, 07 June 2024   (310 reads)

Resources In 2021 Peter Harris and Thomas Gough published a book: A New Dimension to Ancient Measures based on theirs and the late Norman Stockdate's hypothesis that a unit of length, the Harris and Stockdale Megalithic Foot, (HSMF), of 1.1785 feet was known and used in prehistoric Britain. You can read a further summary of the book on our page here. Ancient metrology is a controversial subject but not unheard of in modern archaeology.  However in February 2023 Liz Henty published a book review in the Journal of Skyscape Archaeology rubbishing their work.
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Three Rivers Petroglyphs

Submitted by RBE on Thursday, 06 June 2024   (5354 reads)

Three Rivers Petroglyphs

Rock ArtThe Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is one of the few locations in the Southwest set aside solely because of its rock art. It is also one of the few sites giving visitors such direct access to petroglyphs. More than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs are scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico's northern Chihuahuan Desert.
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Woodhenge (Wiltshire)

Submitted by sem on Wednesday, 05 June 2024   (62659 reads)

Woodhenge (Wiltshire)

StonehengeWoodhenge is a Neolithic Class I henge and timber circle monument located to the North of Amesbury in Wiltshire, England - it is closer to Amesbury than is Stonehenge. Before seeing Woodhenge, visitors sometimes anticipate it might partly resemble Stonehenge. But there is little of the original structure easily apparent.
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New Woodhenge dating aligns it chronologically with Stonehenge, see the comment on our page for more
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Dun Aisgain

Submitted by Tomb on Wednesday, 05 June 2024   (4515 reads)

Dun Aisgain

Multi-periodA fine example of a galleried dun in a conspicuous position on the summit of a low rocky knoll some 600m SSW of Burg farm-house, Isle of Mull. It is almost exactly circular on plan, measuring 10.4m in diameter within a stone wall which measures 2.3m in average thickness.
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