Tag Archives: archaeology

The rocky shore

A rocky shore, under Blue skies of a summer’s day. Bird song and seal sneezes, A sweet scent in the air. It is a warm summer’s day and I am standing on a familiar rocky shore. The air is quiet, … Continue reading

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Inscribed

It is a warm autumn day. The sun is shining and I am warm in my thick winter coat. I stand on the damp sand of a Dumfriesshire beach. Close by my 9-year-old niece is crouched, stick in hand, drawing … Continue reading

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Listening to the stones

It is an old friend, the stone. A friend to whom I infrequently pay my respects. This year, sand martins are flitting, wheeling and turning overhead as I make my short respectful pilgrimage. Admiring the acrobatics of the birds above, … Continue reading

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In praise of cropmarks

Cropmarks have been making the news recently (see for example https://rcahmw.gov.uk/wales-wide-drought-reveals-further-lost-archaeological-monuments/, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-44812713 and https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/science/newgrange-henge-ireland-drone-nyt.html ). The recent spell of hot weather has revealed a wide range of archaeological sites as cropmarks and archaeologists are getting very excited about them. As … Continue reading

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The long cairn

The long cairn is in a wide clearing within the forest, surrounded first by rank vegetation and then by the tall fir trees of the plantation. Wrapped, cocooned and protected. A grey mass of stones within a sea of green. … Continue reading

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Buzzards and rock art: The Binn part 2

See A village in hiding: The Binn part 1 for the beginning of this Adventure. A buzzard soars slowly above me, calling. It wheels, turns and returns again and again, calling all the while. Another bird, lower down among the … Continue reading

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A village in hiding: The Binn part 1

It is a grey, overcast summer morning. And I am going on an Adventure. Everyone must have an adventure from time to time, I believe, and so I have made today my Adventure Day. I will venture out into the … Continue reading

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