Saints Home Stones

Each issue of the Saints and Stones Homepage features a journey to take to explore the Saints and Stones of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. This special Summer homepage features a one-day visit to The Cairns, an excavation in progress located on the isle of South Ronaldsay in Orkney.

Books: Scenes from Prehistoric Life: From the Ice Age to the Coming of the Romans by Francis Pryor. An invigorating journey through Britain's rapidly evolving prehistoric landscape, and an insight into the lives of its inhabitants, in fifteen scenes. In Scenes from Prehistoric Life, the distinguished archaeologist Francis Pryor paints a vivid picture of Britain's prehistory, from the Old Stone Age (about one million years ago) to the arrival of the Romans in AD 43, in a sequence of fifteen chronologically arranged portraits of specific ancient British landscapes. Through his archeological expertise, Pryor is able to bring the people of prehistory to the fore: their beliefs, the way they lived their lives and earned their living. Whether writing about the early human family who trod the estuarine muds of Happisburgh in Norfolk circa 900,000 BC, the Mesolithic inhabitants of Starr Carr in North Yorkshire who worked red deer and elk antlers into jewellery, the Bronze Age farmers of the fertile soils of Flag Fen, or the Iron Age denizens of Britain's first towns, Pryor brings the ancient past to life: revealing the daily routines of our ancient ancestors, and how they coped with both simple practical problems and more existential challenges.

Publications: Orkney Archaeological Review 2022. An annual publication of the Orkney Archaeological Society (OAS), the Review provides reports on the work done in Orkney over the previous year. While the publication may be purchased from OAS, it is free to members of the Society, so instead of buying it now, why not join this great organization today and have it sent in your membership pack? Details of OAS Membership.

Websites and Blogs: Dig It! A listing of archeaological digs in 2022 from volunteering opportunities such as The Book of Deer dig in Aberdeenshire to in-person visits to digs such as the Ness of Brodgar on Orkney, it will be updated as the dig season progresses. Since 2019, Dig It! has been part of real and virtual excavations, organised three national campaigns, commissioned creatives, helped crowdfund a tabletop roleplaying game, and more.The team is now excited to announce that Historic Environment Scotland has granted the project another year of funding to continue its work as a hub for Scottish archaeology. In addition to advertising over 800 free or low-cost events for members of the public and publishing nearly 150 articles on the website (many available in Gaelic and/or Scots) written by experts from across the sector, the team has engaged in a number of projects and initiatives over the past three years. Dig It! is coordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and primarily funded by Historic Environment Scotland.

Podcasts: A Place I Love-the British Isles. In this the 101st episode of the podcast Neil Oliver's Love Letter to the British Isles, which began in May of 2020, he unties his walking boots and starts drawing the strands of history that run through the British Isles together. This episode is a celebration of the incomers and blow-ins, the folk who have come to these islands and woven a rich tapestry. Sacred places, formidable fortresses, and landscapes of breath-taking beauty it's a set of islands that have had an influence on the whole world. A place with a rich, complicated, and compelling history, a place Oliver loves. In the 102nd episode, listeners from all over the world share their thoughts and ask Oliver pertinent and diverse questions such as love, life, whisky, history, and the human story. It is the last podcast in this series. Oliver has announced that his next project is Season Two: Neil Oliver's Love Letter to the World as he takes us on remarkable adventure, telling the history of the World in 100 pivotal moments.

Organizations: Gwynedd Archaeological Trust. Gwynedd Archaeological Trust (GAT) is one of four Welsh Archaeological Trusts providing advice on the historic environment across Wales and aims to conserve and promote the historic environment in Northwest Wales. The Trust is tasked with maintaining and providing access to the Historic Environment Record as well as providing advice on the archaeological implications of development proposals to the planning departments of unitary authorities and private developers. There are four archaeological trusts in Wales. Established in the mid-1970s to respond to rescue archaeology, they are independent charitable trusts which together provide a uniform regional archaeology service across Wales, working closely with Welsh Government and local authorities and forming a 'tripod' of archaeology and cultural heritage institutions with Cadw and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. The four trusts are: the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, the Dyfed Archaeological Trust, the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, and, of course, the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust.

Art/Photography/3-D Imaging: A Century of England from the Air. In March of this year, Historic England launched a new map revealing a century of England from the air. It allows users to search and explore an online map showing aerial photographs of England over the past 100 years. New imagery available online includes: the remains of ancient archaeology such as a Neolithic long barrow near Broughton, Hampshire, as well as remains of Iron Age forts such as Pilsdon Pen in Dorset and medieval villages such as Old Sulby in Northamptonshire. It also allows users to search for other categories such as WWII installations, 20th century industrial sites, and famous buildings. Using the Aerial Photo Explorer, the user can explore over 400,000 digitised photos taken from aerial photo collections of over 6 million photographs preserved in the Historic England Archive.

Videos: British Museum Stonehenge Exhibition Overview. Towering above the Wiltshire countryside, Stonehenge is perhaps the world's most awe-inspiring ancient stone circle. Shrouded in layers of speculation and folklore, this iconic British monument has spurred myths and legends that persist today. In this special exhibition, the British Museum will reveal the secrets of Stonehenge, shining a light on its purpose, cultural power and the people that created it. Following the story of Britain and Europe from 4000 to 1000 BC, you'll learn about the restless and highly connected age of Stonehenge - a period of immense transformation and radical ideas that changed society forever. For those of us who cannot visit the exhibition, there are many videos on YouTube and other websites that highlight this exhibition. One of the best is the Curators' Introduction to The World of Stonehenge, which features curators Dr Neil Wilkin and Dr Jennifer Wexler for an introduction to exhibition. In connection with the exhibit, the British Museum will display what it says is the world's oldest surviving map of the stars (see the image to the right) in a major upcoming exhibition on the Stonehenge stone circle. The 3,600-year-old Nebra Sky Disc, first discovered in Germany in 1999, is one of the oldest surviving representations of the cosmos in the world and has never before been displayed in the U.K. The 30 centimeter (12 inch) bronze disc features a blue-green patina and is decorated with inlaid gold symbols thought to represent the sun, the moon, and constellations.

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