Soulton Hall Long Barrow

Yesterday I was at Soulton Hall Long Barrow in Shropshire. Never heard of it? That's because it's brand new. In fact, it hasn't been finished yet. Nevertheless, great to be here and to meet Tim Ashton, whose parents own Soulton Hall and who farms the land, and @Toby Angel, whose company Sacred Stones Ltd is responsible for creating these barrows/burial chambers as alternative funerary/interment sites. I also met builder/heritage stonemason Martin Fildes and it was hugely informative to be able to be present here, in 2018, discussing the same problems of barrow building that our 5,000 year old ancestors did. A great privilege.

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I just thought I'd say a few words on my way up to the monument that will be the first of the studies: Belas Knap.
Some may have noticed that the perks and rewards of some of the patron benefit tiers have changed very slightly. I have added in mention of 'Megalithic Portraits' (don't know if that name will stick!). They will be 2-3 minute, high definition videos that provide beautiful moving image portraits of our ancient monuments, set against music (I may produce versions with narrative later), designed simply to be a visual feast. All patrons will get early access to standard HD YouTube versions of the movies, but supporters at the Nine Ladies ($9 a month) and above will have exclusive access to special full 4K cinematic versions of them on Vimeo.

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SWS-002 – Bloodsports | The Ness of Brodgar

Hi Folks, and welcome to the second Standing With Stones megalithic podcast.

This month we are announcing that from May 2018 we will be doing a regular mid-month Facebook Live broadcast, where you can log on and listen, send in questions and messages, or even call in and join the discussion. These will take place on the second Wednesday of each month, Starting at 8.00pm UK time. We are also introducing a new regular item called Pushing Back The Boundaries: In last month’s podcast we mentioned the discovery of the human jawbone in northern Israel, which pushed our out-of-Africa timeline back by around 50,000 years. Well, with increasing regularity, archaeologists around the world are making discoveries which push human history further and further back in time. So we decided to introduce this new section, to bring you our favourite boundary-breaker for the month.

SWS-002 Content References:

Pushing back the boundaries:

The Shigir Idol

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6571-180425-russia-shigir-idol https://www.livescience.com/62404-shigir-idol-age-and-new-face.html https://phys.org/news/2018-04-wooden-shigir-idol-egyptian-pyramids.html

Newsdesk

5,000 year old shoe discovered at the bottom of a Swiss lake

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/archaeological-find-_divers-discover-5-000-year-old-shoe-in-swiss-lake--/44003700

Stunning crystal weapons discovered in Spanish burial

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/amazing-crystal-weapons-discovered-within-5000-year-old-megalithic-tomb-021297 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283897457_The_allure_of_rock_crystal_in_Copper_Age_southern_Iberia_Technical_skill_and_distinguished_objects_from_Valencina_de_la_Concepcion_Seville_Spain

Bloodsports

Revisiting one of the more contentious theories from the making of Standing With Stones: Were the henges arenas for bloodsports?  

The Ness of Brodgar:

Over the last ten years or so, arguably the most significant archaeological excavation in the world has been turning British prehistory on its head. The discoveries on the Ness of Brodgar pre-date all the monument building throughout the rest of Britain. http://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/ https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/news/new-scientific-dating-unravels-story-of-life-in-prehistoric-orkney

Stonehead of the Month:

The May Stonehead is Mo Keohan from Hertfordshire. Mo has recently discovered the wonder of Dartmoor after visiting a number of its megalithic treasures and has already scheduled her next solo backpacking trip in the summer. That is keen in itself, but more came back from her trip with loads of photographs, and not a single selfie amongst them - praiseworthy indeed!

Whimsy

Aubrey Hole 7: Well there’s a bag of bones…

The Stonehenge Riverside Project involved some extensive excavations throughout the Wiltshire complex. The work on Aubrey Hole 7 shows just how easily confused things could become, without the necessary rigour and attention to detail. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/history/research/ Click the following link to download an excellent pdf about Stonehenge, including information on the Aubrey hole in question. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=10&ved=0ahUKEwia3eyppOTaAhVLkRQKHQ0WBnwQFghKMAk&url=https%3A%2F%2Fdialnet.unirioja.es%2Fdescarga%2Farticulo%2F3807802.pdf&usg=AOvVaw1GOccoALMaLIKhoPqqO3-h

Congratulations to Tracy Emmin and her errrmmmm, husband?

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/mar/22/tracey-emin-married-rock-love-intimacy

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Patreon EXTRA #1 | Was Durrington Walls a Farm? (video)

Hello - Michael here. Rupert and I will probably discuss this rather speculative notion in an upcoming podcast, but in the meantime, here's me thinking out loud (complete with interruptions from the dog!) to camera on the reasons and process that is leading me to think in terms of animal husbandry as a reason for some of the unexplained structures at our ancient sites. This is the first of the 'Patreon EXTRAS' that are either released to our Patreon supporters either early or exclusively. The embargo on this video has now passed and it can be released publicly. If you would like to have exclusive access to our content besides the regular podcast, please visit https://www.patreon.com/standingwithstones and choose a support level that suits you - we've many great perks and rewards to offer in return.

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SWS-001 – The Pillar in Bryn Celli Ddu | Catching up with Stonehenge

Hi Folks, and welcome to the first ever Standing With Stones podcast. Thank you for being here and taking the time! We really hope you enjoy it.

As you'll hear, we've come up with a format for the show that we hope works, and wiill remain for future episodes. Regular sections will be: Part 1 - a news section where we will take you through our favourite discoveries and updates. Part 2 - The main section in which we will discuss one or two main themes in greater depth. Part 3 - Question time, where listeners can ask us anything archaeology related which we’ll do our best to answer. And a monthly accolade called Stonehead of the Month, where we give a shout out to a passionate megalith-lover who has come to our attention. Do feel free to nominate someone and send us a photo if you have one, or even sing your own praises if you dare! Part 4 - Wrapping up the show with a bit of humour. One or two of the funnier items that have caught our eyes in recent weeks. You will also find links to further reading if you wish to find out more about anything that has been discussed in each show. So, in this, our first ever podcast:

Part 1 - News:

8,000 year old heads on spikes:

An enthralling find in Sweden, where placing heads on spikes seems to have been an act of reverence rather than a gruesome warning to enemies. https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/demolition-workers-uncover-8000-year-old-ritual-skulls-in-sweden/ https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/human-skulls-mounted-on-stakes-river-mystery-mesolithic-sweden-spd/

Sacred Stones, Modern Longbarrows

Sacred Stones are a company who are creating modern longbarrows as alternative burial sites with niches to hold the ashes of departed loved ones. It seems to be a wonderfully respectful send off to anyone with a love of prehistory and no particular religious affiliations. http://www.sacredstones.co.uk/

Interior of Willow Row Barrow, Cambridgeshire

8,000 year old settlement at Akhashen in Armenia

There are alternative spellings for this site, but Akhashen or Aknashen seem to be the most common. It’s always exciting when a new discovery sits within the gaps of our historical knowledge. This site in western Armenia dates to 8,000 years ago and is definitely worth checking out. http://allinnet.info/archeology/8000-year-old-settlement-excavated-at-akhashen/

Oldest known modern human fossil

Driving further into the past: A jaw bone excavated from the Misliya Cave at Mount Carmal in northern Israel has pushed the human movement from Africa back by 40 to 50 thousand years. http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/oldest-known-human-fossil-outside-of-africa-discovered

Section 2 - Bryn Celli Ddu and Stonehenge

Bryn Celli Ddu:

Probably the most contentious thing in the whole of Standing With Stones was the possible fossilised tree trunk in the chamber at Bryn Celli Ddu. We have received more emails about this single item than everything else put together. So was it a petrified tree trunk? No, but neither was it the ‘carefully dressed pillar of stone’ that was recorded in every other book on the subject. It took a while, but back in 2015 a geologist finally identified it as Blue Schist. Rupert’s blog entry about it can be seen here: https://www.rupertsoskin.com/news-1380

Stonehenge: What has been happening there in recent years?

The Bluestones

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151207-stonehenge-bluestone-discovery-archaeology/

New longbarrow at Cat’s Brain

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancestors-stonehenge-people-uncovered-house.html https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/11/5000-year-old-house-dead-discovered-stonehenge-avebury/

The Riverside Project and the Wiltshire complex

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170713-why-stonehenge-was-built https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/rethinking-durrington-walls-a-long-lost-monument-revealed.htm

Have we found the architects?

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/02/archaeologists-architects-camp-stonehenge-larkhill

Animals from as far afield as Scotland

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/history/food-feasting/ https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/19/stonehenge-builders-feasted-animals-scotland-feast-exhibition

Part 3:

Question Time: Patterns in stones. A question from Mo Keohan in Hertfordshire Stonehead of the month: Congratulations to our first ever STONEHEAD OF THE MONTH, Lee Price in Devon. An avid stone hunter and fan of Standing With Stones, Lee’s instagram page is at https://www.instagram.com/price37/

Part 4: Whimsy

James Mellaart: bad man https://www.livescience.com/61989-famed-archaeologist-created-fakes.html?utm_source=lsa-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20180312-lsa Pat Shannon: Good man Archaeology isn’t always about the ancient things… https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/12/man-solves-mystery-of-1930s-sports-car-buried-on-salisbury-plain https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/24/first-world-war-training-tunnels-and-trenches-discovered-in-wiltshire

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