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merrivale prehistoric landscape. dartmoor.

merrivale complex. this complex of stone rows, cist or kistvean, circle cairns, a stone circle and standing stones make up one of the most intriguing monumental megalithic structures to be found on dartmoor. various theories about its purpose prevail :

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merrivale prehistoric landscape. dartmoor.

merrivale complex. this complex of stone rows, cist or kistvean, circle cairns, a stone circle and standing stones make up one of the most intriguing monumental megalithic structures to be found on dartmoor. various theories about its purpose prevail :

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trencrom hill tor enclosure.

a view across to st michael’s mount, this along side carn kenidjack and carn galva make up one the four tor enclosure so far identified in west penwith. seen here is the impressive giant bolder that announces the entrance to

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trencrom hill tor enclosure.

a view across to st michael’s mount, this along side carn kenidjack and carn galva make up one the four tor enclosure so far identified in west penwith. seen here is the impressive giant bolder that announces the entrance to

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trencrom hill tor enclosure.

the tors were first used in the early neolithic around 3800 BCE, and were later enclosed with stone-and-earth banks built between granite boulders and outcrops on the hill sides. such banks were not necessarily built to defend the special places found

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trencrom hill tor enclosure.

the tors were first used in the early neolithic around 3800 BCE, and were later enclosed with stone-and-earth banks built between granite boulders and outcrops on the hill sides. such banks were not necessarily built to defend the special places found

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catching-the-morning-sun. the giants stone. 50.19894,-5.49509.

the giants stone. 50.19894,-5.49509. detail. bitumen housepaint mica. 1200×1200 . new light on an old friend. a very large natural sculptural feature at carn stabba halsetown.

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catching-the-morning-sun. the giants stone. 50.19894,-5.49509.

the giants stone. 50.19894,-5.49509. detail. bitumen housepaint mica. 1200×1200 . new light on an old friend. a very large natural sculptural feature at carn stabba halsetown.

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boscawen-un stone circle 50.223456,-5.123456. constructed image.

one of the five stone circles left standing in west penwith cornwall. although many more existed but have been lost over the last two centuries. the merry maidens circle is intervisible with it and can be seen just below the

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boscawen-un stone circle 50.223456,-5.123456. constructed image.

one of the five stone circles left standing in west penwith cornwall. although many more existed but have been lost over the last two centuries. the merry maidens circle is intervisible with it and can be seen just below the

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avebury henge and stone circles. domestic house origins.

avebury henge and stone circles. the henge 420m across contains the largest extant stone circles in europe being 330m in diameter a massive monument created during the 3rd millennium bc. recent geophysical and GPR explorations suggest its origins lie in

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avebury henge and stone circles. domestic house origins.

avebury henge and stone circles. the henge 420m across contains the largest extant stone circles in europe being 330m in diameter a massive monument created during the 3rd millennium bc. recent geophysical and GPR explorations suggest its origins lie in

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early jackson pollock? transparency, simultaneity. abstraction.

early jackson pollack? transparency and simultaneity. abstraction . a mindful reality. stimulated by the visual world but not bounded by it. not simple representation but artful abstracting. jackson pollack ? could be a disciption of his ‘modernist’ proseedure . no. a drawing, an over drawing an over and over drawing on a ceiling in a cave shelter in the dordogne valley 17-12000 year BP. a careful examination will reveal many outlines of animals overdrawn many times perhaps from the desire to make them move…

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early jackson pollock? transparency, simultaneity. abstraction.

early jackson pollack? transparency and simultaneity. abstraction . a mindful reality. stimulated by the visual world but not bounded by it. not simple representation but artful abstracting. jackson pollack ? could be a disciption of his ‘modernist’ proseedure . no. a drawing, an over drawing an over and over drawing on a ceiling in a cave shelter in the dordogne valley 17-12000 year BP. a careful examination will reveal many outlines of animals overdrawn many times perhaps from the desire to make them move…

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tabletop quoit. dolmen. cromlech.

tabletop quoit. dolmen. cromlech. amongst the earliest megalithic monuments to appear in britain, dolmen or cromlech become part of prehistoric landscape. possible dates are between 5800-6300BP. portable versions available from pebble beaches near you

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tabletop quoit. dolmen. cromlech.

tabletop quoit. dolmen. cromlech. amongst the earliest megalithic monuments to appear in britain, dolmen or cromlech become part of prehistoric landscape. possible dates are between 5800-6300BP. portable versions available from pebble beaches near you

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solutions basin. treryn dinas

just been reading AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF SUPERNATURAL PLACES:THE CASE OF WEST PENWITH by CHRISTOPHER TILLEY & WAYNE BENNETT and came across this stone today built into the ringed embankment at treryn dinas promontory fort at treen. it is natural stone of the sort discussed in the article with its solutions basin – ‘ water from the gods’ and the part these might have played in prehistory as part of processional and ceremonial activity. situated very close to the supposed neolithic stone circle also incorporated into the embankment-natural

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solutions basin. treryn dinas

just been reading AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF SUPERNATURAL PLACES:THE CASE OF WEST PENWITH by CHRISTOPHER TILLEY & WAYNE BENNETT and came across this stone today built into the ringed embankment at treryn dinas promontory fort at treen. it is natural stone of the sort discussed in the article with its solutions basin – ‘ water from the gods’ and the part these might have played in prehistory as part of processional and ceremonial activity. situated very close to the supposed neolithic stone circle also incorporated into the embankment-natural

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redhouse standings stones.

redhouse standings stones. found out these should probably be referred to as the redhouse standing stones. from the local farmhouse and not to the kerris stones as there the is another triangular stone by the last name. these two very nice stones are not in the official monument record although they have been recorded by both mitchell and barnet in the 60’s. many of the close by have given up many finds spanning both the mesolithic and the neolithic so they are in good company. a feature of the fields in which they stand is the large number of stones set in the boundary ‘hedges’. one such can be seen just to the right of the stone. and at the far left of the photo along the boundary edge

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redhouse standings stones.

redhouse standings stones. found out these should probably be referred to as the redhouse standing stones. from the local farmhouse and not to the kerris stones as there the is another triangular stone by the last name. these two very nice stones are not in the official monument record although they have been recorded by both mitchell and barnet in the 60’s. many of the close by have given up many finds spanning both the mesolithic and the neolithic so they are in good company. a feature of the fields in which they stand is the large number of stones set in the boundary ‘hedges’. one such can be seen just to the right of the stone. and at the far left of the photo along the boundary edge

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a hole in four (or maybe five) holed stone row. botallack common. west penwith

a hole in four (or maybe five) holed stone row botallack common.
a line of holed stones on moorland at botallack common lie at approximately 168m above od. four holed stones were noted and sketched in 1842 by the reverend buller. a further fifth stone was recognised by blight in 1908 although this remains in question. four large roughly cut regular granite slabs, partly recumbent, are set in an alignment orientated wsw-ene. they have bevelled perforations, with an average 7.5cm to 9cm in diameter. only half of one stone still survives with the fracture across the perforation. the fifth outlying stone which unlike the others is not in alignment, not bevelled but with a straight sided hole. the function of the monument is unknown; possibly part of a short stone row and should perhaps be considered as part of other ceremonial activities, close to the tregaseal circle and barrows (the term ‘ordnance datum’ OD, refers to the height of mean sea-level, taken from a reference point at newlyn in cornwall. this is basis of the national height system for the whole of britain
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a hole in four (or maybe five) holed stone row. botallack common. west penwith

a hole in four (or maybe five) holed stone row botallack common.
a line of holed stones on moorland at botallack common lie at approximately 168m above od. four holed stones were noted and sketched in 1842 by the reverend buller. a further fifth stone was recognised by blight in 1908 although this remains in question. four large roughly cut regular granite slabs, partly recumbent, are set in an alignment orientated wsw-ene. they have bevelled perforations, with an average 7.5cm to 9cm in diameter. only half of one stone still survives with the fracture across the perforation. the fifth outlying stone which unlike the others is not in alignment, not bevelled but with a straight sided hole. the function of the monument is unknown; possibly part of a short stone row and should perhaps be considered as part of other ceremonial activities, close to the tregaseal circle and barrows (the term ‘ordnance datum’ OD, refers to the height of mean sea-level, taken from a reference point at newlyn in cornwall. this is basis of the national height system for the whole of britain
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recent discoveries at bryn celli ddu.

recent discoveries at bryn celli ddu.
a geophysical survey was conducted, recently, around the bryn celli ddu chambered tomb exposing evidence of a cairn cemetery. the 5,000-year-old tomb, a complex dating from the neolithic through to early bronze age, was also found to include the at least four burial cairns and a cluster of prehistoric pits with pottery deposits, worked flint, and tools. its relationship to the summer equinox was tested confirming that the main passage focuses the light along its length and illuminating the entire polygonal stone chamber.

in addition 8 new cupmarked rock art on associated outcrops have been identified, using 3d scanning techniques. a dumbbell motif surrounded by singular cup-marks, cup-marks in close formation, possibly in the form of a rosette and one with a large cup-mark

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recent discoveries at bryn celli ddu.

recent discoveries at bryn celli ddu.
a geophysical survey was conducted, recently, around the bryn celli ddu chambered tomb exposing evidence of a cairn cemetery. the 5,000-year-old tomb, a complex dating from the neolithic through to early bronze age, was also found to include the at least four burial cairns and a cluster of prehistoric pits with pottery deposits, worked flint, and tools. its relationship to the summer equinox was tested confirming that the main passage focuses the light along its length and illuminating the entire polygonal stone chamber.

in addition 8 new cupmarked rock art on associated outcrops have been identified, using 3d scanning techniques. a dumbbell motif surrounded by singular cup-marks, cup-marks in close formation, possibly in the form of a rosette and one with a large cup-mark

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prehistoric paint job. painted stone wall at the ness of brodgar.

prehistoric paint job. painted stone wall at the ness of brodgar. evidence now exists of the walls within this ceremonial site were painted in a red ochre and opens up the possibility of other monument having been treated in the same way. most monuments have been exposed to the elements and removed this evidence

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prehistoric paint job. painted stone wall at the ness of brodgar.

prehistoric paint job. painted stone wall at the ness of brodgar. evidence now exists of the walls within this ceremonial site were painted in a red ochre and opens up the possibility of other monument having been treated in the same way. most monuments have been exposed to the elements and removed this evidence

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