Thursday, 13 June 2019

Artificial islands older than Stonehenge stump scientists

A study of crannogs in Scotland's Outer Hebrides reveals some were built more than 3,000 years earlier than previously thought. But what purpose did they serve?


When it comes to studying Neolithic Britain (4,000-2,500 B.C.), a bit of archaeological mystery is to be expected. Since Neolithic farmers existed long before written language made its way to the British Isles, the only records of their lives are the things they left behind. And while they did leave us a lot of monuments that took, well, monumental effort to build—think Stonehenge or the stone circles of Orkney—the cultural practices and deeper intentions behind these sites are largely unknown.

Now it looks like there may potentially be a whole new type of Neolithic monument for archaeologists to scratch their heads over: crannogs.

Read more from the article at National Geographic here.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Co-Fhad-Thràth an Earraich



'S e co-fhad-thràth an earraich a th' ann an-diugh.  Today is Spring Equinox, and this is how to say it in Scottish Gaelic.

Pronunciation: bit.ly/2osbnUG

Sunday, 10 February 2019

2019

The new start I had hoped would occur in 2018 didn't happen. 

I am stuck where I have been these past decades. 

I need to move on.

I need to appeal to the gods, and the powers that be to assist in this shift.

I need to end this blog's hiatus.

Thursday, 20 December 2018

2000-year-old figurine of a horned Celtic fertility god found in Roman settlement

The two inch metal charm, dating from the second century AD, depicts a faceless individual, holding a ‘torc’ or neck ring, and is thought to represent ‘Cernunnos’, the Celtic god of nature, life and the underworld.

It was found by archaeologists in farmland at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate in a field which is to be turned into a car park.

Click here to read more.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Housebuilder uncovers Iron Age chamber on Lewis

Housebuilder uncovers Iron Age chamber on Lewis


A 2,000-year-old underground chamber has been uncovered during work to build a house on the Isle of Lewis.

The Iron Age soutterrain was revealed during the digging of the foundations for the property in Ness.
Local archaeologists, husband and wife team Chris and Rachel Barrowman, are recording the soutterrain.

Mr Barrowman said theories on the purpose of the stone-lined, flat stone-roofed structures included storing food.

Read the full story, and see pictures here.

 


Monday, 5 February 2018

An Update for 2018

I have been away from here for quite some time. There is the possibility of an even longer absence from this blog, as I won't have the same access to the internet that I currently enjoy.

I have been living my life - working, studying, tending to family matters - and doing so as a polytheist. Perhaps I spend less time focussing on my polytheistic path than I have in the past, but it's never far from my mind.

This year will herald big changes: changes that will have an impact on my personal practices, and see a significant shift in focus. 

I am taking a leap of faith into the unknown, but trusting that all will be well.

Wish me luck if you are disposed to do so.