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Tractor lines ploughing through the Trippet Stones Circle in Cornwall
Close on the heels of the damage created by horses and tractors at Trethevy Quoit (see Trethevy Quoit put at risk) the stone circle known as the Trippet Stones on Manor Common, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall has now come under attack by an inconsiderate (tractor) driver. On a recent visit to the Stones, Trust members were appalled to see tractor lines going right through the circle. Rather than simply avoid the circle altogether the driver drove through its centre from two different directions and in doing so destroyed archaeology by churning up the ground immediately over some missing stone holes. It beggars belief that in this informed day and age there are still people about who don’t care a fig for our heritage.
Tractor lines ploughing through the Trippet Stones
This seemingly ever increasing couldn’t-care-a-less attitude by some farmers/farmhands/contactors is very worrying and unless some seriously severe fines or custodial sentences are handed out it’s difficult to see how they will be stopped other than by securely fencing these areas off from vehicle access. I have reported the damage to English Heritage who will hopefully follow it up.
Archaeologist Dr Steve Sherlock talks about his discoveries at Street House with Kirkleatham Museum curator Alan Pearce (above) ahead of the major exhibition at the museum that will display the ‘Princess Treasure’.
Ian Constantinides, a leading figure in architectural conservation
17 September 1955 – 15 April 2013
Clay head discovered in the Xishanpo Buddhist temple ruins of the Liao Dynasty’s Imperial City. The city was the capital of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region from 916-1125ce
Full article here.
The Staffordshire hoard makes a dramatic front cover for the new British Archaeology, which features the first extensive look at the continuing research into the thousands of pieces of jewelled gold and silver found four years ago. They hope to finish cleaning it all by the end of this year, and then move on to stage two: reconstruction and scientific analysis. We are beginning to see just how remarkable this hoard is.
Other stories include Britain’s oldest early medieval helmet, conserved at the British Museum; a mesolithic flint axe from the North Sea; springs around Silbury Hill; neolithic house reconstructions under trial for the new Stonehenge visitor centre; and a military analysis of early medieval earthworks in Cambridgeshire.
I interviewed Jeremy Deller and Museum of London curator Caroline McDonald, for a feature about Deller’s work for the Venice Biennale, just before they left for Italy. (And elsewhere, Deller asked…
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