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Bateman’s Scars

Arbor Low is a Neolithic stone circle and henge in the Peak District. The henge is the bank and ditch arrangement with the bank on the outside and is probably the oldest part of the monument. The current estimate is that it was built around 2500 BC. That’s a...

Stonehenge Decoded?

I saw it and it was like the Curate’s Egg, good in parts. The big idea is something Mike Parker Pearson has been pushing for a long while. Stonehenge is a place for the dead, and important in funerary rites. I’ve been wary of this. An astronomer thought it...

The Drawings on the Wall

The image is an example of the sort of shape they’re talking about. You can see it bigger at Flickr. Well yes that may be true, but it’s not just Palaeolithic men who’d want to venerate them. Slightly more seriously art is ambiguous. The Minoans are...

Nine Stones Close

I visited Nine Stones Close on Harthill Moor this past weekend to experiment with my camera. I was surprised how successful some of the photos were. Initially I used the Aperture Priority setting on the camera, because I wanted plenty of depth of field. The camera was...

Newgrange and the Astronomy of the Dead

Entrance to Newgrange passage tomb. Photo (cc) Sophie Robson. One of the problems with archaeoastronomy is that it’s quite hard to find an archaeological site where you can be certain astronomy was important. Even Stonehenge is problematic. A lot of people think...