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 on: August 15, 2007, 06:35:08 PM 
Started by Rep - Last post by Rep
Hi all Smiley

Please dont laugh but ive been told that a prehistoric day was shorter than it is now? Is it true? If so the world must of been spinning much faster than it is now?

thanks in advance of any info Smiley

 on: June 23, 2007, 10:23:09 AM 
Started by fastcar183 - Last post by fastcar183
“Get Ready to Get Wasted”
A group of American teens comes Ireland to visit an Irish school friend who takes them on a camping trip in search of the local, fabled magic mushrooms. When the hallucinations start taking hold, the panicked friends are attacked by ghostly creatures; never able to determine if they are experiencing gruesome reality or startling delirium. When one teenager unknowingly eats the dangerous Death's Head mushroom, the group's nightmare takes a deeply sinister turn... For more info just visit and visit this site for the cast picture and information

Release date NOVEMBER 9, 2023 in all UK cinemas...

 on: May 01, 2007, 01:08:45 PM 
Started by PeteG - Last post by PeteG
"Hooray! Hooray! the first of May,
the Silbury dig began today!

News and photos will be added here


 on: April 05, 2007, 12:29:17 AM 
Started by PeteG - Last post by chris
Many thanks for posting the update Pete! It was such a good day last year that I'm certainly going to be heading down for one of the open days this year. I hope to have the chance to see you before that though!  Smiley

And again, not sure why the forum blocked your posting as spam  Sorry about that. I'll just have to keep an eye on it.

 on: April 04, 2007, 02:20:21 AM 
Started by PeteG - Last post by PeteG
Plans for fieldwork in 2007

The main excavation season is planned for 19 August-15 September, although two survey and preparation tasks are planned for earlier in the year.

* Scrub clearance outside the west entrance to Durrington Walls by conservation volunteers (co-ordinated by Richard Osgood, MoD archaeologist for Salisbury Plain).
* Geophysical survey of part of the Stonehenge Cursus (by Neil Linford’s English Heritage team).

The August and September fieldwork proposal includes the following excavations:

* Durrington Walls Neolithic village. We will be back there to excavate three of its houses and to find out just how large this village was. It was lived in around 2500 BC, at the end of the New Stone Age which is called the Neolithic.
* Durrington Walls’ south entrance. Next to Durrington Walls is Woodhenge, a timber circle surrounded by a bank and ditch (‘henges’ are actually the enclosures within the bank and ditch rather than the timber or stone circles sometimes found within them). To have two henges next to each other is very unusual and we hope to find out how it was linked to Durrington Walls. Geophysical survey has revealed that there may have been a special pathway, formerly lined with wooden posts, between the two henges. For some reason, this path seems to have been blocked off around the beginning of the Bronze Age c. 2200 BC.
* The Cuckoo Stone. West of Woodhenge, there is a large sarsen stone lying in a field, called the Cuckoo Stone. This is the same type of sarsen stone as the large uprights and lintels of Stonehenge, and the Cuckoo Stone is thought to have once been a standing stone. We will be excavating around it to find out if it was once part of a group of standing stones.
* South of Woodhenge. We will be looking for more prehistoric buildings to the south of Woodhenge. In 1928, archaeologists discovered that Neolithic remains survived beneath the remains of Bronze Age burial mounds. The burials have all gone but the remains of Neolithic houses and rubbish pits should still survive.
* The Stonehenge Cursus. Durrington Walls is separated from Stonehenge by a huge prehistoric enclosure known as the Stonehenge Cursus. It is a bank and ditch enclosing a strip of land over a mile long, east to west, and over 100 metres wide. Nobody knows what it was for or just when it was built. Early archaeologists thought it was a chariot-racing track which is why they gave it the Latin name ‘cursus’. Today most of it is visible only as a very slight earthwork in the fields to the north of Stonehenge. We plan to excavate sections of its west end, near the pine forest of Fargo plantation about 15 minutes walk from the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. A piece of Stonehenge ‘bluestone’ was found in the cursus ditch in 1946 and we hope to find out why it was dropped here.

Visitors welcome

The excavations will be open to the public between 19 August and 12 September 2023 with special Open Days on 27-29 August and 8-9 September. Visits by local schools will be arranged on Monday-Tuesday 10-11 September. There will be a visitor meeting point at Woodhenge car park (off the A345 a mile north of the A303 Amesbury roundabout) and information about the project will be available from the Stonehenge Visitor Centre.

 on: March 26, 2007, 12:15:23 AM 
Started by chris - Last post by chris
Thanks for the info Pete, and good to see you again. I'm painfully aware that I have some emails from you to catch up on! Will do so soon!

Not sure why your post was marked as spam - will have to keep an eye on that. Looks like the filtering was being a little too secure Smiley

I'll be back in touch with you soon - just been a busy few weeks, and admittedly not all of that busy has been 'bad busy' - been some 'fun busy' too Smiley Just need to catch up with my email a bit *cough*

 on: March 25, 2007, 10:57:18 PM 
Started by chris - Last post by PeteG
I asked that same question when Falkners circle was being excavated.
Mark Gillings said he doubted it as the stone was so red it showed that it had been buried for a long time before being cleared from the field.
All the hedgerows around Falkners have field clearance stones (known localy as Pibbles)
Glad to see the forum up and running again

 on: March 25, 2007, 10:45:07 PM 
Started by chris - Last post by chris
I thought I'd get the ball rolling with one from my archives. This sarsen stone was spotted in the hedgerow as I walked down towards the site of Falkner's Circle from the Kennet Avenue near Avebury back in June 2005. Seeing a fairly well sized chunk of sarsen here made me wonder whether it might just have once been part of the nearby circle.

You can just make out stones of the Kennet Avenue in the background.

 on: March 25, 2007, 10:22:31 PM 
Started by megalithic - Last post by chris
Thanks for the information - great prizes 

Time to see if I can head out somewhere in time to enter....

 on: March 25, 2007, 10:10:24 PM 
Started by megalithic - Last post by megalithic
Now that Spring is well on its way, it’s time to get out there with your
camera and capture its fleeting beauty. Like last year, the Spring
Photographic Competition has two categories:
* A * Best photo with a Megalithic or Prehistoric subject
* B * Best photo with an Historic or Landscape subject

The first prize for each Category is a ticket for the Megalithomania
Weekend in May in Glastonbury, worth £80 each. See our page here for
this year's dates, venue and programme for Megalithomania.

Each category has runners up prizes of a £30 and £20 voucher to spend in
our online shop. That's a total of £260 worth of prizes!

Closing date: 22nd of April 2007, voting will carry on until the 29th,
and the winners will be announced on the 30th of April. Voting starts as
soon as photos are up on the site so early birds have a real advantage
in getting their photos up to collect more votes.
More details on how to enter are here:

Best Wishes,
The Megalithic Portal Team
The Megalithic Portal "worth a visit" - British Archaeology Magazine
"excellent site" - Archaeology in Europe
"All I can say is 'wow'...amazing" - Why Don't You Blog

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