Tag Archives: Neolithic

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 street with a view: the Caiy Stane

It is a sunny September afternoon and I am on a bus travelling through Edinburgh, on my way to view an archaeological monument in the south of the city. Not for the first time, I question the wisdom of my … Continue reading

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Moving among the monuments

Moving among the monuments. Passage directed, guided Constrained And ordered Entrance guarded As with knowledge. An ordered landscape In past as in present Feet directed To the important places Gaze averted From the spaces in-between. Ancient and modern Intertwined Touching … Continue reading

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Ancient monument this way: an encounter with Doon Hill

The arrow on the road sign pointed in the direction of the ‘ancient monument’. I was almost there. Turning right I stopped in the gateway and inspected the track along which the road sign directed me. Deciding it was too … Continue reading

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Glimpsing the past in the trees

In December last year I, along with a group of family and friends, went for a walk in Pollok Park in Glasgow. Walking in the woodland gardens above Pollok House, we came across the Pollok beech. Oddly shaped, old and … Continue reading

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Starlight

Stars. I don’t usually notice them. A city dweller all my life, the night sky just isn’t something I usually consider. But one evening recently I looked upwards and there they were. Not many. Just a few twinkling lights visible … Continue reading

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