Category Archive: Bronze Age

Oct 01

Yorkshire’s “Sacred Vale” – The Dawn of Brigantia

The “Sacred” Vale of Mowbray – Brigantia’s Neolithic Capital? More than 2,000 years before the discovery and widespread use of Iron an unprecedented bout of monument building in the centre of Brigantia created the Britain’s largest religious monument complex, a place that has been suggested as being Britain’s religious capital during the Neolithic Period. Whatever …

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Oct 01

Cleave Dyke Defensive System, North Yorkshire

Cleave Dyke System The Cleave dyke system is several Dykes which combine to create a boundary of between 9 and 18 kilometres running north south to the west of Thirsk. To date excavations have found minimal dating evidence, but a pre roman date has been given which means if not built by Venutius the Dyke …

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Oct 01

Uffington White Horse, Oxfordshire

Uffington White Horse – Uffington, Oxfordshire. The white horse at Uffington dates to around 1000BC and sits amongst lofty company, close to Uffington Castle Iron Age Hill Fort and also to Waylands Smithy, a Bronze Age passage grave. The horse was dated to between 1400 – 600 BC by the Oxford University Reasearch Unit in …

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Sep 27

Thornborough Henges, North Yorkshire

Thornborough Ancient Monument Complex – North Yorkshire Page Under Development – come back for more info! A site that spans several thousands of years from the Stone Age to at least the Iron Age, the ancient people of the area built one of Britain’s largest ancient sites in Yorkshire, in what was to become the …

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Sep 27

Pickhill Mound, North Yorkshire

Pickhill, North Yorkshire. The hill is called Picts Hill. The vilage – Pickhill takes it’s name from this hill. Pickhill is in the Domesday book. On the 1st edition OS there is a long mound and a short mound marked in the field next door, as well as some “mound foundations” and an earthwork. None …

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Sep 27

Kirklington Tumulus, North Yorkshire

Kirklington Tumulus “Prehistoric vessels dug out of the mound at Stapely Hill, Kirklington, in 1903. Fragments of several pottery urns of the Bronze Age, C. 1,000 B.C., one containing cremated human bones” Description and photo’s from Kirklington Church. “SE 326828 S. White reports that a polished flint axe was found by Mrs J. Fothergill in …

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Sep 27

Kirkhaugh, Cumbria

Kirkhaugh – Cumbria Barrow (NY 704494) 2 miles NNW of Alston. Finds in Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle. “This mound is 22ft. in diam. and about 3ft high. It has been built upon a natural knoll which makes the barrow look larger than it is. Excavation showed that the mound has an earthy core with a …

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Sep 27

Boltby Scar, North Yorkshire

Boltby Fort 1850’s OS map entry and the modern OS map for the area (right). “Willmot’s excavation of Boltby Fort yielded a large flat rimmed coarse sherd which Challis and Harding suggest can be dated to the first half of the first millenium B.C., by comparison with a similar sherd from Mam Tor, Derbyshire” The …

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Sep 27

Devil’s Arrows, North Yorkshire

The Devil’s Arrows – BoroughBridge Introduction This Bronze Age site comprises of three large standing stones, it is thought originally there were as many as five stones in this alignment. Being Bronze Age little is known about the origin of the Devil’s Arrows, the name reflecting a more recent myth. The monument is strongly linked …

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Sep 27

Knockfarrel, Ross and Cromarty

Knockfarrel Knockfarrel (Gaelic, cnoc, hill; faire, watch, or guard) Ross & Cromarty 2 1/2 miles west of Dingwall NH 505585 Vitrified Fort This had substantial ramparts made of stones with a timber frame, enclosing a large area and making good use of the natural defences of the hill-top.. At some time, the timber of the …

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