Thursday, 17 April 2014

Beyond Barrows

A free e-book which extensively examines the subject, and reminds me it isn't all about Wessex.

Beyond Barrows. Current research on the structuration and perception of the prehistoric landscape through monuments
by David Fontijn

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Free Access to Bevins and Ixer Stonehenge Bluestone Paper

From Dr Rob Ixer and Dr Richard Bevins comes this chance to download and read one of their articles.

Quoted text:

Elsevier are delighted to be present at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) annual meeting.
And are offering FREE access to some articles.

Read articles selected for you by the editors of some of our archaeology journals to match the themes of SAA.  These papers are free to read online until October 2014:
For more information visit our Archaeology subject page

Many thanks for passing this opportunity on.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Pembrokeshire Bluestone News

Click to enlarge and read - from 
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Spring 2014 Newsletter

Craig Rhosyfelin Visitor Management Proposal

Craig Rhosyfelin Visitor Management Proposal; December 2013,

The rock outcrop at Craig Rhosyfelin has recently been confirmed as one of the sources of the inner circle of bluestones at Stonehenge. The archaeological advice we have received has confirmed that this site is now of international importance and is highly likely to generate a great deal of public interest and a steady stream of visitors to the site, especially given the proximity of Pentre Ifan cromlech, another heritage attraction dating from the same Neolithic period. Cadw, who manage Pentre Ifan have a concealed visitor counter which records an average of 25,000 visitors a year. Craig Rhosyfelin is fully expected to generate significant visitor numbers in its own right as well as spin off visits from the nearby Pentre Ifan. In anticipation of the rise in popularity of the site and the inevitable influx of visitors ¡n the short term there ¡s a need to manage the additional traffic that will be generated.

As you will be aware although Craig Rhosyfelin is only less than a mile from the B4329, it is comparatively difficult to gain access to due to the approach roads being steep, twisting and narrow with few passing places and a deep ford. Due to the potential for traffic congestion and vehicles being parked in gateways we have been in discussion With the highway authority, Pembrokeshire County Council to consider a range of traffic management options. In order to be able to respond positively and responsibly to the public’s desire to visit this site, we feel it is necessary to identify a suitable parking area as close to the site as possible.

The site is best approached from the west to avoid the narrowest section of road and ford so we have identified a suitable parking area approximately 300 metres along the road from Craig Rhosyfelin where there is sufficient width of carriageway and verge to accommodate roadside parking. The location of the Parking area is shown on the attached plan (missing). The stretch of verge is to be found on the northern side of the road and is approximately 40 metres in length. The roadside parking would therefore be very similar to that at Pentre Ifan.

We propose to undertake work in the new year so that the parking area Will be available for the main visitor season. In the short term it would still be our intention to keep the site as low key as possible and not actively promote it. Our strategy is to be able to respond positively and esponsibly to visitors’ requests by providing information in terms of how best to access the site, where to park and not to obstruct farm and field gateways. We will also be improving the public footpath that runs past the rock outcrop and gives access to the site.

(Copy of public notice posted at site).

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Craig Rhos-y-Felin

As I was passing it would have been unforgivable not to take a few photos of Craig Rhos-y-Felin a source of some Rhyolite "Bluestones" for Stonehenge.

Mike Parker Pearson has left his "abandoned" monolith shrouded ready for further investigation.

And the council is preparing for visitors. (See  for details)

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Stoneholes 17-20 Parchmarks - 50 years ago

Back in July I noticed some parchmarks at Stonehenge which were the first indications that there are stoneholes for the missing stones 17 and 18 and also showed the stoneholes for stones  19 and 20  - see this post for more details.

I bought a postcard today which dates from the early 1960s which also shows these parchmarks, I think they have often shown up and they were never recognized for what they are. Last year they had been there for some time before the penny dropped with me.

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Friday, 4 April 2014

A Mystery Depression at Stonehenge

STONEHENGE: PLANS, DESCRIPTION, AND THEORIES by W M Flinder Petrie with an update by Gerald S Hawkins.

A fascinating book with this excellent map produced in 1966.

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Hawkins is intrigued by the semi-circular depression  just to the east  of  the North Barrow.

It shows up in this photograph from the early sixties as a dark mark. He assures the reader it isn't a Fairy Ring and wonders what it is? I do as well, as I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere else.