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Timothy Daw
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I live on the edge of the Marlborough Downs and work part time at Stonehenge. This blog represents only my own opinions and thoughts, not that of any current or past employer or co-worker.
I live on the edge of the Marlborough Downs and work part time at Stonehenge. This blog represents only my own opinions and thoughts, not that of any current or past employer or co-worker.

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Stonehenge: Glacial Transport of Bluestones Now Defunct
Thanks to Dr Brian John for the link to the new BRITICE Glacial Map, version 2 . During the last glaciation, most of the British Isles and the surrounding continental shelf were covered by the BIIS (for overviews see Chiverrell & Thomas 2010; Clark et al. 2...

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Vinča symbols, Cat's Brain and Cissbury Ring
Jim Leary has written a preliminary article on the findings from Cats Brain -  http://www.sarsen.org/2017/11/6000-year-old-monument-offers-glimpse.htm l - and the engraved chalk plaques are intriguing. They are very similar to ones found at Cissbury Ring Th...

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6,000-year-old monument offers a glimpse of Britain's neolithic Game of Thrones
Cat’s Brain long barrow is near the more famous Stonehenge (pictured) but predates it by hundreds of years. Shutterstock Jim Leary , University of Reading This summer, the University of Reading Archaeology Field School excavated one of the most extraordinar...

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Cunnington on "The Geology of the Stones of Stonehenge" 1865 - where's the paper?
Wiltshire archaeological and natural history magazine  No. XXVIII. JULY, 1866. Vol. X. Account of the Eleventh General Meeting, at Salisbury, 13th, 14th and 15th September, 1865 https://archive.org/details/wiltshirearchaeo10arc Mr. Cunnington F.G.S. next re...

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The Geological Character of the Stonehenge Stones. By William Long, Esq 1876
The Geological Character of the Stonehenge Stones. By William Long, Esq Dr.Stukeley appears to have been the first to notice the difference between the character of the stones composing the inner and outer circles and ellipses at Stonehenge. He says of the ...

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An explanation of the word "Sarsen"
In the Addenda and Notes to " Abury Illustrated," the following is given as an explanation of the word "Sarsen": " The term Sarsen, or Saresyn, was applied by the Anglo-Saxons, simply in the sense of Pagan, to the stones which they found scattered about the...

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A303 Boreholes Show The Planned Route
The excellent BGS webpage Geology of Britain has links to borehole reports as well as to the underlying geology. http://mapapps.bgs.ac.uk/geologyofbritain/home.html Or in 3D - http://mapapps.bgs.ac.uk/geologyofbritain3d/index.html If you click on the new bo...

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Did Marden Henge go South of the River?
From The Ancient History of Wiltshire, Volume 2 Sir Richard Colt Hoare .. the sudden disappearance of the bank and ditch at D, has caused much debate and inquiry amongst us. Mr. Cunnington was of opinion that the bank did not cross the brook, but proceeded ...

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Swallowhead Spring, Hoare's Different Position
From The Ancient History of Wiltshire, Volume 2 Sir Richard Colt Hoare (Click to enlarge) Probably just an error but I found it interesting that he marks Swallowhead Spring in  a different position to where even the earliest Ordnance Survey map places it, o...

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Stonehenge Visitor Centre Water Supply - The Results
As detailed in a previous post   http://www.sarsen.org/2017/02/the-water-supply-at-stonehenge-visitor.html  I have been trying to understand rumours of unsatisfactory water test results at the New Visitor Centre near Stonehenge operated by English Heritage....
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