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English Heritage
English Heritage exists to protect and promote England's spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood. It has over 400 historic properties to visit including abbeys, castles, ruins, stately homes and palaces. Information on each property includes directions, a map, opening times, and admission charges.

The Megalithic Portal
"Over the years," according to website creator Andy Burnham, "the project has become a major team effort with input from scores of photographers, archaeologists, locals and visitors...An overriding reason to do this is that many of these ancient sites are not protected in any way, and many have disappeared over the last 50 years or so under development and intensive agriculture. Even sites that are scheduled have limited real protection, so our mission is to document, publicise and protect these remaining sites."

An archive of over 5000 photos of stone circles and other megalithic monuments in the British Isles, Ireland, and Europe. Portal Dolmens, Recumbent Stone Circles, Cup and Ring Carvings, Long Barrows, Cairns, Passage Graves, Wedge Tombs, etc. Most sites have full spherical VR panoramas and infrared photography, plus ten figure map references measured on site with a GPS unit.

Stone Pages
Stone circles, dolmens, ancient standing stones, cairns, barrows, hillforts and archaeology of megalithic Europe with special pages on Scotland, England, Ireland, and Wales, among others. Created in 1996 by Paola Arosio & Diego Meozzi, the site has grown to over 4,000 pages. The authors live in Trevignano Romano, north of Rome, Italy.

Wikipedia -- from wiki (a type of collaborative website) and encyclopedia -- is a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia project written collaboratively by volunteers that currently ranks among the top ten most-visited websites worldwide.The vast majority of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet. Contains several hundred useful pages on specific saints, holy sites, churches, monasteries, abbeys, among others, which are most useful to this website.

Print Resources (Alphabetical by Author)

Derry Brabbs
Hadrian's Wall
London: Francis Lincoln, 2008

Set within the spectacular scenery of northern England, Hadrian’s Wall was once the most heavily fortified border of the Roman Empire. Featuring stunning color photographs, this book covers not only the full length of Hadrian's Wall from the Solway Firth to Wallsend-on-Tyneside, it also presents other places of historical, natural, or architectural merit to the north and south of the Wall itself.

Guy De La Bedoyere
Roman Britain: A New History
New York: Thames & Hudson, 2006

A new account of Britain as a Roman province, Guy de la Bédoyère, author of numerous books on Roman Britain, puts the Roman conquest and occupation of the island within the larger context of Romano-British society and how it functioned. Following introductory chapters outlining events from the Iron Age period to the emperor Honorius' advice to the Britons in 410 to fend for themselves, the author tackles the issues facing Britons after the absorption of their culture by an invading army, including the role of government and the military in the province, religion, commerce, technology, and day-to-day life both in towns and in the countryside. This work contains dramatic aerial views of the remains of Roman forts such as Housesteads and Vindolanda along Hadrian's Wall.

Dave Hamilton
Mysterious Britain
Bath: Wild Things Publishing, 2020

Wild ruins B.C. reveals Britain’s extraordinary ancient history, from 10,000 years ago to the birth of Christ. Exploring Britain’s finest wild sites, discover the lost remains and mysterious stones that lie hidden in some of the most beautiful landscapes of Britain. From sacred tombs and caves, to awe-inspiring stone circles and earthworks, Bronze Age brochs to dramatic Iron Age hillforts. Most valuable for the visitor are his elaborate instructions on how to get to the sites

The Old Stones: A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland.
London: Watkins Publishing, 2018

The most comprehensive and thought-provoking field guide gives unparalleled insight into where to find over 1,000 of British and Irish prehistoric places in England, Scotland, and Wales and how to understand them, by drawing on the knowledge, expertise and passion of the archaeologists, theorists, photographers and stones aficionados who contribute to the world's biggest megalithic website - the Megalithic Portal. It was judged the Current Archaeology Book of the Year in 2019. A very valuable resource.

Andrew McCloy and Andrew Midgley
Exploring Roman Britain
London: New Holland Publishers, 2006

Author Andrew McCloy selects 15 walks designed to encompass some of Britain's most distinctive Roman landscapes. With photographs by Andrew Midgley, this work offers insights into Roman culture and innovations and celebrates the enduring legacy of the Roman Empire in England, Wales, and Scotland. Sections include Roman Roads, Roman Towns, Roman Buildings, and Roman Fortifiucations and Military Bases.

Chris Scarre
The Megalithic Monuments of Britain and Ireland
London: Thames & Hudson, 2007

From a Professor of Prehistory at the University of Durham and a specialist in the prehistory of Western Europe, this work offers an examination of some of the most varied megalithic monuments in Europe that are found in the Britain and Ireland organized by geographical area. From the Neolithic Age and the arrival of pottery and farming some 6,000 years ago to the beginning of the Bronze Age, people used megaliths, earth, and wood to build grandiose monuments. The number and sheer diversity of these structures is astonishing, from massive stone rows and circles to barrows, chambered tombs, and earthwork enclosures. Henges and cursus monuments, which often lacked stone elements, also belong to the same general category of monumental prehistoric architecture.

Rupert Soskin
Standing with Stones:
A Photographic Journey through Megalithic Britain and Ireland
New York: Thames & Hudson, 2009

From the southernmost tip of Cornwall to the far Scottish isles, a wonderful variety of ancient stone monuments still exists in Britain and Ireland, and this book guides the reader to over one hundred of them. Some megalithic sites, like Stonhenge and Newgrange, are well researched and often visited, while others, such as Fernworthy and Bleasdale, are barely known. From stone circles and henges to long barrows and cairns, our distant ancestors adapted and shaped their monuments to all environments, leaving us the tantalizing signs of their long-forgotten lives.

Homer Sykes
Celtic Britain
London: Cassell Paperbacks, 2001

Journey into mysterious Celtic landscapes, and view the fascinating artifacts they bequeathed us. Over 120 photographs take you from Cornwall, through England and Wales, and up to Scotland. Visit little-known locations from pre-Celtic times, ruined cells where holy men performed Christian ceremonies during the Dark Ages, and enigmatic sites such as Stonehenge, Avebury, and places shrouded in Arthurian legend. A powerful narrative reveals the historical and archeological evidence surrounding Celtic myths, folktales, saints, and more.

Homer Sykes
Mysterious Britain
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1995

Throughout Britain's length and breadth, ancient tribes, druids, Celtic saints, medieval knights, and 18th-century landowners have bestowed upon future generations a wealth of astonishing sights, structures, and landmarks. These awesome sights appear in evocative color photographs, richly enhanced with the history, legends, and folktales that surround them.

Other Resources: DVDs

Standing with Stones

There are about 1,000 stone circles in the U.K. and Ireland. If you include other megalithic monuments such as stone rows, long barrows, cairns, cists, standing stones and others, the number runs to tens of thousands. Yet most people can only name one. This DVD is an exploration beyond Stonehenge, a discovery of the wealth that is Megalithic Britain. More than two years in the making, this film, written and presented by explorer and naturalist Rupert Soskin and produced and directed by Michael Bott, takes you from the tip of Cornwall to Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and Scotland as far as the Outer Hebrides and Orkney on an unforgettable journey through the landscape of the ancient past.

A History of Ancient Britain

Historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver travels the British Isles to tell the story of the very beginnings of the land and its people. The series traces the development of Britain, from the glacial wasteland of 12,000 BC, through the glories of the Stone Age to the magnificence of international Bronze Age society – following the growth of farming and trade; the establishment of homes and hamlets and the sophisticated spiritual life of the country, including the incredible creation of the monument at Stonehenge. The four parts are: Episode 1: Age of Ice; Episode 2: Age of Ancestors; Episode 3: Age of Cosmology; Episode 4: Age of Bronze. Originally broadcast on BBC in 2011.

A History of Celtic Britain

Historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver travels the British Isles to tell the story of the very beginnings of the land and its people. In the second part of this series, Neil Oliver tells the story of Britain before and during the Roman occupation. The series traces the development of Britain from 1000 BC to 400 AD. It shows how a thriving Iron Age Britain became part of the Roman Empire, heralding an era of luxury for some and harsh subjugation for many; it reveals how Celtic communities survived north of Hadrian’s Wall and around the fringes of the island and examines how a new Romano-British culture emerged. The four parts are: Episode 1: Age of Iron; Episode 2: Age of Warriors; Episode 3: Age of Invasion; Episode 4: Age of Romans. Originally broadcast on BBC in 2011.

Digging for Britain

Great Britain might be a small country but it has a huge history. Everywhere you stand, there are worlds beneath your feet - and every year hundreds of excavations bring lost treasures to the surface. These amazing historical excavations are the subject of Seies 1 of Digging For Britain. Presented by Dr. Alice Roberts, Digging For Britain documents historically important archaeological finds around the country. These programs explore both new sites and those that are already well established as national treasure troves. Series 1, originally broadcast on BBC in 2010 has four episides (Episode 1: The Romans; Episode 2: Prehistory; Episode 3: Anglo Saxons; and Episode 4: The Tudors). Series 2, originally broadcast on BBC in 2011, also has four episodes (Episode 1: Britannia; Episode 2: Invaders; Episode 3: Age of Bronze and Iron; Episode 4: Ice and Stone). Dr. Alice Roberts, Presenter.

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