Archive for January 10th, 2015

Behind the Scenes at the Avebury Museum

Behind the Scenes at the Museum.


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The Junior Archaeologist

What is a Henge?

A Henge is a late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age roughly circular enclosure. They date to around the 3rd millenium BC.

Cairnpapple Hill ©Dr John Wells   Cairnpapple Hill
©Dr John Wells

Henges are surrounded by a ditch and sometimes a bank also. The sites were not defensive and they can be placed into three different classes

Class I – Site with a single entrance

Class II – Site with opposite entrances

Class III – Site with four entrances

Ring of Brodgar © Paddy Patterson Ring of Brodgar
© Paddy Patterson

Internally pits, burials, postholes from previous structures and stone circles have been identified within henges. They are thought to have been part of ritual landscapes and some also had the addition of a curcus near to them. Pottery associated with them is identified as Grooved Ware, Impressed Ware and Beakers.

Avebury ©Blake Patterson   Avebury
©Blake Patterson

The best known examples of henges in the UK are the Ring of Brodgar, Avebury, Knowlton…

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King Arthur’s Hall: The dowsers’ perspective

The Heritage Trust

Text and images © Roy Goutté

King Arthur’s Hall, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

After many previous visits to King Arthur’s Hall on King Arthur’s Down to the North-West of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall and a few Heritage Trust articles later, I thought a further visit, but this time with a Cornish group of dowsers, would be of interest to readers.

A very well-known group are the West Cornwall Dowsers led by Bart O’Farrell, a well respected and experienced Cornish dowser, so I knew if they accepted my invitation to make a site visit a thorough and enlightening investigation would take place. This was something I was really looking forward to with relish. Alternative views are something one should always take into account, or most certainly be prepared to consider at least on sites of particular interest and intrigue as one can get very set and focused in their ways and see…

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