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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rabbits Threatening Iron Age Mound on Small Hebridean Island



From The Telegraph:

 

A Hebridean Island which spent £600,000 getting rid of rats has now become over-run with rabbits


"We don't want the rats back - but the rabbits have become a major problem. They are threatening our archaeology which goes back 8000 years here. An Iron Age mound is a particularly target for them. It is a scheduled monument but it is being burrowed into by the rabbits and being eroded.

"Stone Age huts and dykes from the Clearances are having their foundations destroyed. They are in people's gardens - and being so far away from the mainland we rely a lot on growing our own vegetables.
"The only thing that are happy are the sea eagles. They have been having a real feast but obviously nowhere near keeping up with the rabbit population."

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Bob Geldof's Land Being Surveyed for Iron Age Remains



The former pop star and anti-poverty campaigner, Sir Bob Geldof, has allowed local Kent archaeologists to survey his land for Iron Age and Medieval remains.

Lynette Eyb (Heritage-Key.com) has written a post about the project, which can be found here.

There is also an article by Kent News here





Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Chariot find is a victory for Scots



From the Guardian:


The centuries-long tussle for prestige between England and Scotland may be about to end in victory for the clans, with new archaeological evidence suggesting that the first national leader of the British Isles was a Scot.

The remains of a mysterious figure found in an Iron Age chariot burial under the A1M motorway was of "exceptional significance" according to academics, who have also unearthed the leftovers of one of Britain's biggest feasts at his funeral site in Yorkshire.

Decorated with jewellery and finely wrought harness and chariot gear, the 2,400-year-old grave is thought to have been a rallying-point for Britain's tribes 500 years later when the Romans moved north. Some 300 young cattle from all over the country were brought to Ferrybridge to feed an assembly running into thousands not far from where a Little Chef now stands.



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