Saints Home Stones

Each month (with the exception of the combined Summer months of July and August), this website features two journeys to take to explore the Saints and Stones of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The October 2021 homepage features a one-day visit to several of the Glenelg Brochs Sites, and a one-day visit to three Southern Scotland Abbeys Sites.

Books: Temples of Stone: Exploring the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland by Carleton Jones. Dolmens and burial chambers, known as megalithic tombs, dot the Irish countryside and fascinate all who encounter them. Although these ancient structures are shrouded in mystery and beyond explanation, fresh archaeological interpretations provide new ways of understanding them. Jones features not only the most famous - e.g. Poulnabrone and Knowth - but also lesser known such as Fourknocks and Creevykeel. A big beautiful book with many great photos and illustrations.

Publications: The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) managed by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland was introduced to these pages last month. One of its many publications is the ScARF Summary Neolithic Report edited by Kenny Brophy & Alison Sheridan. At 195 pages, it is a thorough look at this crucial period of Scotland's history.

Websites and Blogs: The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia "proposes to give its readers full and authoritative information." It is a valuable resource for all, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, interested in the well-known and not-so-well-known saints and monasteries of the countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Examples: St. Aidan of Lindisfarne and St. Finnian of Movilla.

Podcasts: Our podcast for this month, Everything You Want to Know About England's Monasteries, is an English Heritage presentation. Two experts discuss these remarkable religious buildings, centers for incredible wealth and power throughout much of England's history, and describe what life was like for the monks and nuns who lived, worked, and worshipped at them, how they amassed such wealth, what happened to the monks and nuns after they were closed, and much more.

Organizations: The Yarrows Heritage Trust is "dedicated to the promotion and research into the built and natural environment of the Yarrows area" in the Caithness region in northern Scotland. Founded in 2002, the Trust has undertaken a number of projects, beginning with the Oliclett Mesolithic site, dating from up to 10,000 years ago. The organization's latest project is the Iron Age Swartigill Burn Dig, which concluded its work for 2021 last month.

Art-Photography: The Archaeological Kite Aerial Photography of Hamish Fenton is the Art/Photography site featured this month. Fenton photographs various archeological sites from the air, giving the viewer a different persopective on the megalithic structures usually only viewed from the ground. Fenton is also a frequent contributor to the Megalithic Portal website.

Videos: Dr. Emma Wells takes us on a journey along the famous St. Cuthbert's Way, a 62 mile (100 km) long-distance trail. Dr. Wells begins at the site of Old Melrose (Old Mailros) and finishes on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Dr. Janina Ramirez is also featured in this twenty-minute presenation.

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