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:
- a news section where we will take you through our favourite discoveries and updates.
- The main section in which we will discuss one or two main themes in greater depth.
- 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!
- 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.
Sacred Stones, Modern Longbarrows
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.
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.
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.
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?
New longbarrow at Cat’s Brain
The Riverside Project and the Wiltshire complex
Have we found the architects?
Animals from as far afield as Scotland
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
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
Pat Shannon: Good man
Archaeology isn’t always about the ancient things…