Neolithic marathon you say?

Well yes we do! Its time for the annual Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon which are money raising events for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. This is a smashing event with something for everyone.

There are a number of categories including a full and half marathon, walks and now bike rides. It is a family friendly event and buggies are welcome, so don’t let that be a barrier! As with more famous events around the globe all those who complete will get a medal, and a great experience. This is an opportunity to see some of the landscape  which surrounds much of the World Heritage Sites which are not usually open to the public.

Places are, as with many things, limited – so, get on down the the Trust’s website and enter as soon as you can!

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Bad weather reveals new Neolithic site in Galway

Bad weather isn’t always bad news, and in Co. Galway the recent storms have revealed what may well be a Neolithic settlement. Local archaeologist Michael Gibbons believes the site which has been exposed in section on the island of Omey may well be over 6,000 years old.


The full story can be seen here:

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How and why did Britain become Neolithic?

On January 8th the Royal Archaeological Institute are holding a debate between of the leading lights in British Neolithic archaeology.

Dr Alison SheridanProfessor Julian Thomas and Professor Alasdair Whittle have been invited to  debate that most thorny of issues “How and why did Britain become Neolithic?

Of course, members of such groups as the Neolithic Studies Group (NSG) will be aware of the issues and questions raised by the subject of the debate. With a fundamental change of lifestyles and settlement, the Neolithic sees perhaps some of the most important transformations to have occurred in the history of these islands. For example, hunting and gathering played an decreasingly significant part in food procurement as farming was adopted, pottery was introduced and the lithics technologies changed. Were these changes brought to these islands by incoming farmers from the Continent, where farming had been already been practised for many centuries, or did the indigenous communities spontaneously decide to take up a new way of life?

These issues will be debated by three of the leading specialists of this period will air their views at the Royal Archaeological Institute in the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. The event begins at 4.30 with tea and this is followed by the main event at 5 p.m.

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Stonehenge Grand Tour Souvenir

Following his year long residency at Stonehenge, Mark Anstee has made a souvenir for fellow grand tourists. ‘Stonehenge Portal’ – is a limited edition print from his silverpoint drawing of an accidental trilithon. The drawing was made at Stonehenge between March and July 2013 and took 132 hours to complete. The edition comes ready mounted and wrapped in a protective cardboard shell.

Title: Stonehenge Portal
Limited edition 150 (+15 artist proofs)
Print size 190mm x 190mm
Mount size 305mm x 305mm
Box size 335mm x 335mm
Digital print on 310gsm Hahnemühle German Etching
Paper with light-fast archival quality inks.
A certificate of authenticity issued by the printer is
included. The edition is strictly limited to just 150 prints.
The mount is a 2.6mm conservation mount board in
antique white.
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist, and the
artist’s personal monogram is stamped on the print and
its accompaniments.
Price – £115.00 (+ p&p)
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Possible excarnation site found in Sussex

Word reaches us that Archaeology South-East have, as part of a larger multi-period excavation, found what could be evidence of a mortuary structure used for excarnation. The dig near Horsham has pushed back the dates of human occupation of the Weald to at least the Mesolithic, but the most interesting feature for us is the small enclosure some 3m square defined by a shallow gully – not unlike the structures found at Durrington Walls. Although there are as yet no definitive dates, this does look promising.

The story can be seen here:

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Exciting exhibition . . . . in Germany!

We here a are a cosmopolitan lot, unafraid to dip our toes into the world of Neolithic Europe should the need arise; and it has. Word reaches us from Prof Tim Darvill of an exciting exhibition in State Museum of Prehistory in Halle. Entitled 3300BC  the exhibition according to Prof Darvill is “is based around the spectacular finds from the region. The centrepiece is a reconstructed late megalithic grave set under a shower of arrows raining down. There is also a length of Neolithic enclosure ditch represented by photographs of the excavation below which are the finds from the ditch set out in spatial arrangement as found. And to top it off an excellent catalogue.”

Sounds good to us and if you want to visit it is on until May 2014. Further details from the link:


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Forthcoming book

There is an interesting new book coming soon, written by Prof Colin Richards of the University of Manchester and published by Windgather Press.

In Building the Great Stone Circles of the North Prof Richards investigates the stone circles from Orkney to the Outer Hebrides with a particular emphasis on their construction and cultural significance. The scope of the book includes the resources required, both physical and materiel, to construct these monuments and their relationship with other monuments of the period.

Available for pre-publication order at Oxbow Books and further details can be found here:

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Neolithic burnt mound at the Bradford Kaims yields very interesting finds.

There are interesting developments over at the Bamburgh Research Project. It seems that the team have found a paddle and a brushwood platform which is thought to date to the Early Neolithic.

Full report here:

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Antiquity award for Stonehenge paper!

Among this years Antiquity awards is the Ben Cullen prize and this years the winners are Tim Darvill, Peter Marshall, Mike Parker Pearson and Geoff Wainwright for their paper “Stonehenge Remodelled”. The paper traces the history of the archaeological interpretation of the monument and a number of the recent revisions which in part have been the result of both significant technological advances and analytical techniques.

The authors conclude that over a period of around 1,500 years Stonehenge underwent a number of structural changes of varying size and impact. They are also certain that this is not the end of our attempts to understand Stonehenge, just the latest episode in a long-running story that fascinates most us.

The paper can be downloaded as a pdf document in full here:

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News reaches us of the successful, if that’s the right word, conclusion of one man’s struggle with the powers that be in his bid to ‘re-create’ a Neolithic long barrow. The project is set to begin next spring, and we here at will certainly be making strenuous efforts to get down and see how it goes.

More details on the story here:

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