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Archaeological Resources

There are thousands of archaeological sites in the Net.
This is a fairly comprehensive list that could be useful to learn more about megalithic sites in Italy and the rest of Europe.

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  Directories & databases

  • Ancient World Web - A compendium of Internet sites discussing the Ancient World. Recently revised and enlarged.
  • ArchNet - Virtual Library for Archaeology; this website provides access to archaeological resources available on the Internet. Information is categorized by geographic region and subject.
  • ArchSearch Catalogue - Developed by the Archaeology Data Service. This catalogue allows fast searching of records such as the National Excavation Index for England (contributed by RCHME); the Fife, Shetland, and Strathclyde sections of the National Monuments Record of Scotland (contributed by RCAHMS); and the Microfilm Index for England (contributed by RCHME).
  • Archaeology Links - Extensive collection of archeology-related links. Includes African, British Isles, Egyptian, list of publications, reference sources.
  • Archaeology at The Mining Co - The Mining Company's archaeology site "takes back the Net" providing a sane, user-friendly outlet for archaeologists to communicate with the general public, and a resource base for the working archaeologist.
  • Archaeological Resource Guide for Europe (ARGE) - Clear and extensive guide for European archaeology contains the most comprehensive set of resources for this region. Links can be accessed by country, by subject, by period, or by a database search.
  • Archäologie im Internet - Beautiful collection of archaeology links, with excellent graphics and photographic images. Maintained by the Freiburg University (in German). Links ordered by geographic area and chronologically.
  • Archdata - Extensive collection of archaeology links (in French).
  • An exhaustive listing of just about any archival and library resource on the Web for just about any historical research need.
  • BIAB - These web pages contain everything you ever wanted to know about bibliographic data for Britain and Ireland. This includes information on the scope, aims, background and history of the BIAB project, along with extensive details of archaeological serial publications, and contact details of archaeology publishers and/or editors. You can also search a database which allows you to search for references to material published from 1695 to 1991.
  • British Archaeology on the Internet, maintained at the University of Durham.
  • BUBL - An extremely complete classification of useful archaeological Internet sites, by the Strathclyde University.
  • CBA guide to UK archaeology online - A new directory of sources on British archaeology by the Council for British Archaeology.
  • EARP - European Archaeological Research Project - An online database for excavation opportunities aiming to contact directly the universities and the European institutions, which organise excavation campaigns. In English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
  • Glossary of archaeological terms.
  • the WWW version of the Internet Resource Guide to Heritage Conservation, Historic Preservation, and Archaeology
  • Irish Archaeology Home Page, with an extensive list of links.
  • The Megalithic Map - A very detailed map-based interface to every stone circle in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
  • Monument Class Descriptions - These data have been produced over a number of years by the Monuments Protection Program (English Heritage) to support an evaluation procedure which was designed as the starting point for defining national importance.
  • MDA Archaeological Objects Thesaurus - Database of archaeological objects, by the Museum Documentation Association.
  • National Monuments Record at the RCHME - These records include 2.5 million air photographs providing complete coverage of England and data on most archaeological sites, excavations and archives in England.
  • The Prehistoric Web Index - Rich and useful database that takes you straight to images and info on megalithic and prehistoric sites in the Web

  Libraries, Bookstores & Publishers Top of the page 

  • Books - The most complete Internet bookshop: over 2.5 millions of titles. Exceptional search engine, interesting discount prices (20-40%), readers' reviews and search service for rare and out of print books.
  • Blackwell's Bookshop - Internet shopping with searchable index of hundreds of books on Archaeology.
  • B T Batsford - Publishers of specialist books on Archaeology, currently only have the English Heritage and Historic Series.
  • Castle Bookshop has a huge stock of Archaeology, Architecture and History volumes, and a mail-order service.
  • COPAC - Online Public Access Catalogue, based at the University of Manchester, COPAC provides searchers to the online catalogues of some of the largest university research libraries in UK and Ireland. Searching is possible using title words, author and organization names, subject words, date and language.
  • Fred Hanna's Bookstore - Internet bookshop based in Dublin, Ireland, with many archaeological titles and a searchable index.
  • Oxbow Books - Specialists in books on Archaeology and History from early Man to the Middle Ages, including Prehistory across Europe and the Near East. Also covered is the Archaeology of the Americas, Africa and Asia.
  • Routledge - Publisher with many Archaeology titles and a searchable catalogue online.
  • SAR Press - SAR Press publishes an excellent series of books dealing with archaeology of the American Southwest.
  • The Stationery Office Virtual Bookstore - Suppliers of official publications, including some RCHME titles.
  • Waterstone's - Internet site of one of the most famous bookshops in the world: online catalogue, chat, critics guide, best sellers and a good selection of Archaeology books.

  Magazines Top of the page 

  • 3rd Stone Magazine - An interesting quarterly journal of archaeology, folklore and mythology.
  • Ancient Ireland - A new monthly history magazine on the Net about Ireland. From the Iron Age to the Renaissance.
  • Antiquity - Website of the famous archaeological journal.
  • Archaeology - An official publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, Archaeology Magazine Online features its current issue's TOC, abstracts and selected articles partnered with listings of archaeology events / museum shows, selected back issues and staff choices for best archaeological sites on the Web.
  • Archaeology Computing Newsletter - Under development at Glasgow University.
  • Arqueología - Spanish online magazine about archaeology: meetings, museums, digs, rock art.
  • The Assemblage - An e-zine on Archaeology providing fun and facts.
  • British Archaeology - The WWW incarnation of the excellent CBA Newsletter.
  • Current Archaeology - If you have an interest in anything to do with British Archaeology, this is the place to find out about digs, discoveries, latest news, societies, events, or just other people who share your interests.
  • Discover Archaeology - A recent bimonthly magazine covering archaeology around the globe.
  • Environmental Archaeology - The journal of human palaeoecology. By the Department of Archaeology and Prehistory of the University of Sheffield.
  • European Journal of Archaeology - A new magazine, published three times a year by SAGE Publications in association with the European Association of Archaeologists.
  • HW Wilson Art Abstracts - This database is now hosted by EDINA (Edinburgh Data and Information Access). It provides both abstracts and bibliographic references for a wide variety of archaeological journals, including: American Journal of Archaeology, American Antiquity, Antiquity, Archaeologischer Anzeiger, Archaeologia, Archaeological Journal, Archaeology, Journal of Field Archaeology, Museum News, Revue Archeologique.
  • Internet Archaeology
  • The Ley Hunter Journal - The journal of geomancy and earth mysteries, ancient wisdom, landscapes and sacred sites.
  • Mediterranean Prehistory Online - This journal publishes a wide range of high quality applied archaeological articles, focusing on theoretical, empirical and methodological discussions about the Mediterranean Basin, which deal with current scientific topics and debates.
  • On-line Archaeology - Experimental journal of archaeological theory at Southampton University.
  • Siftings - A mixture of news, announcements and documents from many archaeological organizations.

  Megalithic/prehistoric sites - Great Britain (general) Top of the page 

  • The Ancient Sites Directory - Enjoyable and frequently updated guide to prehistoric monuments around Great Britain. Details of how to find them and a useful glossary. By Chris Tweed.
  • Ancient sites in Britain: the "Old Ghosts" - About 30 prehistoric and megalithic sites of the British Isles with short descriptions and many photographic images.
  • Ancient Ways - Graphically pleasing guide to the main megalithic areas of Britain (Avebury, Callanish, Land's End, Stonehenge, Uffington, Orkney and Peak District). Many great b/w photographs and extensive descriptions. By Jerry Wellard.
  • Images of sites in the British Isles - Clive Ruggles' on-line image resource for archaeoastronomy.
  • Megalithic Pages - Picture database covering megalithic sites all around the world: Great Britain, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Russia, America, Africa and Asia. By Jan Bily.
  • Megalithia - Stone Search - Very interesting website with a database of over 1200 megalithic sites. Search them by name, area. Latitude and longitude values are also given for UK sites, for GPS users and archaeo-astronomers. Complete details of grid reference and some description and images of the main British megalithic sites.
  • MegaLithic! Prehistoric Ritual Monuments within the British Isles (250 images currently available).
  • Megalithic Mysteries - From Orkney to Cornwall, over 100 photographs and descriptions of the most interesting and picturesque British standing stones, stone circles and stone rows. By Andy Burnham.
  • Megalithic Structures - Stone circles appear to have been constructed with astronomical considerations in mind. Over the past 9 years, Tom Bullock has visited, photographed and made measurements of over 300 stone circles. A short description and photograph of several of them is included, along with an enjoyable travel diary.
  • Megaliths in Western Europe - Some of the best megalithic sites from Brittany to Greece, including Barnenez, Skara Brae, Tyrins, Malta and the Nuraghi in Sardinia.
  • Myths and Megaliths - This site's images represent only a small degree of the many Neolithic/Bronze Age megalithic monuments that are spread across the length and breadth of the British Isles. By Jim Dyson.
  • Prehistoric standing stones - A site including some good photos of the Callanish sites (Scotland) and also stones, rows and circles in the northern part of Ireland.
  • Richard's Ancient Site & Curiosities Page - Pictures and info about an assorted collection of ancient sites in England, Scotland and Wales. Many pages still under construction.
  • Alastair's stone circle pages - An informal guide to circles in northern England and Wales, concentrating on high quality pictures and text detailed enough for the enthusiast. Derbyshire in particular is covered thoroughly.
  • Alastair's other stone circle pages - These pages cover a selection of about 35 megalithic sites across England, Scotland and Wales. The emphasis is to bring to the web images and texts about the more obscure circles and standing stones which few people have heard of.
  • Stone Circles of Britain - Observations on British stone circles, with good descriptions and a selection of photographic images.
  • Stones and Stone Circles - Info and photos of 27 megalithic sites in England (Cumbria, Devon and Derbyshire) and on Angelsey. By Tim and Helen Prevett.
  • UK Stone Circles and Antiquities - Stone circles, standing stones, henges and Iron Age hillforts are displayed on these pages, along with images and brief descriptions.

  Megalithic/Prehistoric sites - England Top of the page 

  • Archaeology around the Astons - A page maintained by the Astons' Local History Group. The whole area of high chalk lands from Maidenhead in the east to Avebury and further in the west is scattered with the evidence of man's habitation in the region from prehistoric times. There are numerous sites from Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age; on these pages there are descriptions of the Iron Age hill fort on Blewburton Hill and the Bell barrow.
  • Billown Neolithic Landscape Project - This project began in 1995 following the discovery of pits, postholes and gulleys containing early and middle Neolithic pottery and flintwork within an area of land identified for stone quarrying. The rationale of the project involves a rescue excavation of an extensive site prior to its destruction by quarrying and a research into the evolution of a tract of land during the later Mesolithic through to the later Bronze Age.
  • Britannia. Earth mysteries - Info and links on some English megalithic sites, ley lines and other earth mysteries.
  • British Stone Circles - B/w images of stone circles in Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Lancashire and Wiltshire. By Stephen Dean.
  • A Bronze Age Burnt mound at Watermead Country Park - Complete description of the excavations undertaken in 1996 at Birstall (England).
  • Caradon Archaeology Group - The Caradon District covers an area of East Cornwall (England) that is exceptionally rich in archaeological remains. It includes an area of Bodmin Moor known as the Minions Area Heritage Project which has stone circles hill top enclosures and numerous burial mounds in a very small area. Basic descriptions and a few photos.
  • Cissbury Ring Hillfort - The historic village of Findon, West Sussex. What to see, including the Cissbury Ring hillfort. Where to stay. Local pubs. Local shops & businesses.
  • The Cotswolds - Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age sites with descriptions and some photographs.
  • Cranborne Chase - A summary of sites discovered via aerial photography in North Dorset: Whitey Top Farm, Pentridge (geophysical survey over a probable Neolithic mortuary enclosure and long barrow), the Handley Down enclosure, Sixpenny Handley (geophysical, contour surveys and excavation over a probable early Neolithic enclosure), Goldfields Farm, Sixpenny Handley (geophysical survey over a Bronze Age to Romano-British settlement) and Down Farm, Gussage St Michael (geophysical survey over an enclosure noted on aerial photographs of 1955).
  • Cumbria: Circles and Cairns - From Banniside to White Hag, a large number of Cumbrian stone circles and cairns.
  • Cumbria History - Info and photographs of some well-known megalithic sites of Cumbria, including Mayburgh henge, Castlerigg and Long Meg stone circles.
  • The Cumbria Stone Circles Site - Some well-known Cumbrian megalithic sites as Grey Croft, Swinside and Long Meg stone circles. By Justin Grammer.
  • Dorset Aerial Pictures - Aerial pictures including the Cerne Abbas Giant, Maiden Castle, Badbury Rings (ancient hillfort), Chalbury Hillfort (local history from prehistoric period), Eggardon Hill (Iron Age hillfort near Bridport) and Poundbury Hillfort (Iron Age monument).
  • Gardom's Edge Archaeology Project - The site is based around a long term landscape and excavation project at Gardom's Edge, near Baslow in the Peak District. So far the website contains background info, previous year's research, an upto date site diary from this year's excavations, and some Quicktime VR panoramas of the landcsape and excavations.
  • Earth Mysteries: Megalithic Sites and Mounds - Interesting pages on megalithic sites in England. By Chris Whitcombe.
  • Hill figure site - Scattered throughout southern England are currently some 38 hill figures cut into the abundant chalk downlands, the most famous of these is the White Horse of Uffington on the Berkshire downs. On this website you can find good images and extensive info on all these sites.
  • Historical Wiltshire - Info on the many beauties of Wiltshire, including Stonehenge, Avebury and a thoroughful description of White horses and barrows.
  • James Lewis - Photography - Evocative black and white images of some well-known British megalithic monuments: Merrivale, Avebury, Lanyon Quoit.
  • Research at the Knowlton Henge complex - Over the past three years Bournemouth University has carried out a program of field survey and excavation at Knowlton Circles in North Dorset. The purpose of this web page is to provide an introduction to the monument complex at Knowlton, and to provide an outline of the results so far obtained.
  • Petroglyph - Exploring Yorkshire's Bronze Age Rock Carvings - A website exploring Neolithic and Bronze Age rock carvings (often referred to as cup-and-ring marks) in Yorkshire (England). These pages have been created to highlight some 13 sites in the North Yorkshire moors region.
  • Prehistoric Circles & Rows (a dowser's perspective) - The site provides photographs of 26 ancient stone monuments in Cornwall (England) and what was discovered by dowsing them and the surrounding area. With diagrams.
  • The Friends of the Rollright Stones - Fact, fable and fantasy about the only stone circle in the Cotswolds.
  • Shinewater Bronze Age site - The large Bronze Age site at the Eastbourne Park on Shinewater Marsh was discovered in 1995. The site is over 2500 years old and dates to the late Bronze Age. The waterlogged ground has preserved wooden remains that would normally have rotted away. This allows archaeologists more opportunity to find out about the past. Info and images on objects found and the dig.
  • Standing Stones of Dartmoor - In the Moondragon website, a section is devoted to the beautiful stone monuments on Dartmoor. 
  • Stanton Drew Primary School - This is Stanton Drew Primary School's website which provides information about the village and the stone circles. It is written by the staff and children.
  • Steve & Co's Pages - Family web presence with photographic record of ancient sites visited: 36 English monuments and 12 Scottish sites. Interesting APS wide photos.
  • Stone circles of England - Written by M. Turford and an exclusive to Mystical World Wide Web. Detailing all the stone circle sites in England with basic info.
  • Stoned - Website of the Seriously Retro - A few pictures and text concerned with prehistoric monuments of Yorkshire.
  • Stonehenge VR- Virtual Reality model (PC/Windows only) of Stonehenge and its environment to illustrate English Heritage plans to create the greatest prehistoric monumental park in the world.
  • The Complete Stonehenge - While not a very extensive site compared to some, this site has proved helpful to a growing number of people, and does offer some nice graphics and links. Unusual features: the 'Why I'm obsessed' page, as well as the page of poetry about Stonehenge.
  • Trackways - Two trackways located on the Humber foreshore south of Melton in East Yorkshire (England) are now on line as part of the Humber Wetlands Project. The site includes information about the discovery, the recent excavations and the interpretations of the two trackways and contains a number of photographs of them under excavation.
  • Virtual Fieldtrip to Salisbury Plain - Complete map linked to dozens of text-only descriptions of archaeological sites, by the University of Southampton Department of Archaeology.
  • The Wicker Screen - History Home Page - A review of some of Wessex ancient sites. It covers various sites, from the world famous Stonehenge to the virtually unknown henges of Knowlton. By Phil Dunn.
  • Wolstonbury Neolithic Enclosures - Bournemouth University has conducted a program of research and fieldwork reassessing the Neolithic and Bronze Age of the Sussex chalklands. The purpose of this web page is to introduce the second of the field research projects at Wolstonbury Hill in West Sussex, and to provide a brief summary of the results obtained so far.
  • - Lots of useful information on Stonehenge and Avebury: from opening times and guided tours to the latest research news and interesting books on these famous megalithic sites.

  Megalithic/Prehistoric sites - Scotland Top of the page 

  • Alba - Some standing stones and cairns of Scotland.
  • Ancient Scotland - Lots of details and many photographs of sites in Orkney, Kilmartin and the Hebrides. By Martin McCarthy.
  • Ardnacross at Gallifrey - Photos and words describing an archaeological excavation of fallen stones in a double row of stones at Ardnacross (Isle of Mull, Scotland).
  • Bannockburn Neolithic enclosures - Excavations in 1984-85 at Bannockburn, Stirlingshire (Scotland), revealed some post-defined enclosures dated to the mid fourth to early third millennium BC. On these web pages there is a complete discussion of the excavations and some images.
  • Brodgar and Stenness on the Web - Some pictures and discussion of two famous stone circles on the Orkney Islands.
  • The Buchan stone circles - The Buchan recumbent stone circles are set apart from the rest of the corpus of similar relics by the occurrence of a bank of small stones forming a circle in which the uprights are set. This feature can be observed in all the seven sites listed on these pages.
  • Callanish (Calanais) Visitor Centre - One of the best prehistoric Scottish sites, on the Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides).
  • Crantit Dig - Since its discovery in May 1998, when a tractor broke through the roof of a stone built chamber under a field at Crantit Farm in Orkney, this apparently undisturbed neolithic tomb has promised the answers to many questions about Neolithic times. The excavation of this amazing discovery is being undertaken by Glasgow University for Historic Scotland and you will be able to follow the progress on these pages as it occurs.
  • Dark Isle - Stone Circles & Cairns - This website contains information and pictures on about a dozen of stone circles, cairns and henges in Scotland.
  • Garioch Home Page - Info and images on Scottish and Orcadian megalithic sites, including Skara Brae, the best preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe. By Andy Nicol.
  • Gerald Ponting, Tour Guide, Lecturer, Writer, Photographer - Several pages relating to researches carried out at Callanish, Isle of Lewis (Scotland), including a full description and history of the site.
  • The Grotto's Photo Gallery - This website currently contains a few photographs of Scottish megalithic sites, including Gurness, Stenness, Brodgar and Skara Brae.
  • Kilmartin House Trust - Kilmartin House Trust is establishing a pioneering centre for Archaeology: to inform visitors of all there is to see and enjoy; to look at links between people and their environment; to help interpret the landscape; to search for clues to the beginnings of Scottish culture. Map guide and pictures of many megalithic sites in the Kilmartin Valley.
  • Megalithic cam-page at Maes Howe - A camera positioned at Maes Howe tomb (Orkney, Scotland) that will broadcast winter solstice sunset. By Victor Reijs.
  • Megaliths - The aim of the Arcane Technologies megaliths website is to document all the Scottish megalithic sites. Good photographs and useful info. By Alligator Descartes.
  • Neolithic and Pictish Sites of North East of Scotland - Pictures and descriptions of 19 stone circles, 10 standing stones and some Pictish carved stones of the North East of Scotland.
  • Orkneyjar - A splendid and very interesting site detailing various aspects of Orkney history, tradition, folklore and scenery. By Sigurd Towrie.
  • A pile of old stones - An amateur guide to a few of the recumbent stone circles and Pictish symbols stones in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Includes photos and realistic directions on reaching the six sites described here. Funny & useful remarks under the 'Lindsey's tip' section.
  • Rampant Scotland Directory - A directory of websites on archaeology in Scotland.
  • The Recumbent Stone Circles of North East Scotland - This site is dedicated to listing, describing and locating the recumbent stone circles of North East Scotland. Included is a description of 9 sites with pictures and info on how to get there.
  • Scottish stones - Gallery of five megaliths of Scotland: Drumtroddan, CairnHoly I and II, Torhousekie I and II. By Pat O'Halloran.
  • Standing stones and ancient monuments in Scotland - In-depth info on standing stones and other ancient monuments in the Scottish Highlands and Islands with excellent links and photos, some of which can be sent as free electronic postcards via the Web. By Joanne Mackenzie-Winters.
  • Stones of Wonder - Extremely detailed and comprehensive Web guidebook to megalithic sites in Scotland that have astronomical orientations. By Robert Pollack. There is a listing of the monuments which can be visited, and the best time of year to see them and observe for yourself sunrises, sunsets, moon rises and moon sets. His work is based on original surveys.
  • Charles Tait's Website - Charles Tait is an Orkney based photographer who specialises in landscapes, seascapes, archaeology, nature, wildlife and who runs an extensive photo library which covers some of the most beautiful megalithic sites of Scotland.
  • Virtual Barnhouse - Reconstruction of a Neolithic dwelling excavated at Barnhouse, Orkney. It explores some recent archaeological theoretical trends through a virtual-reality reconstruction.
  • A visit to Bonnie Scotland - This page is dedicated to Scotland and its beauty. Some images on famous megalithic sites: Clava, Maes Howe, Brodgar and Stenness.
  • Welcome To The Past - A descriptive gazetteer of about 10 prehistoric sites, concentrating on northern Scotland. With some photos, notes on the sites and how to reach them and a personal perspective.

  Megalithic/Prehistoric sites - Other U.K. sites Top of the page 

  • Archaeology in the Isle of Man - A photo gallery, with links to more detailed descriptions, of stone circles in the Isle of Man (United Kingdom). Also featuring ancient burial sites and an extensive list of archaeological sites on the island.
  • CPAT - Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust - One of the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts working to help protect, record and interpret all aspects of the historic landscape. Education and work projects, archaeological services, useful links to related websites.
  • Dolmens in Jersey - Some pictures and drawings of megalithic sites on Jersey: Le Couperon, La Table des Marthes, La Pouquelaye de Faldouet, La Ville ès Nouaux, Le Dolmen de Mont Ubé. With no descriptions.
  • Megalithica - On this page you can find some ancient sites and Sheela Na Gigs in the UK, especially in the South Wales area.
  • Neolithic and Bronze Age Wales - An interesting survey on chamber burials, cairns, stone settings, etc. in Wales. By Herbert Roese.

  Megalithic/Prehistoric sites - Ireland Top of the page 

  • Ancient sites in the Irish landscape - A dozen Irish megalithic sites with photos and descriptions.
  • Archaeology at Navan - Web page dedicated to Navan Fort: Northern Ireland's most important prehistoric monument. By the late Bronze Age, a major complex of sites had begun to develop at Navan; roundhouses and compounds, a ritual pool and a hillfort known as Haughey's Fort. The discovery of a barbary ape skull at Navan Fort suggests that it may well have served as the seat of a local chief during the late Bronze Age or early Iron Age.
  • A Brief Guide to Irish Archaeological Sites - This page is intended as a brief intorduction to some of the many types of archaeological monuments which can be seen in Ireland: wedge tombs, enclosures, barrows, cairns, stone circles, souterrains, fulachta fiadh and many others.
  • Browne's Hill dolmen - A photograph and information about this Irish dolmen. By John Byrne, Carlow RTC.
  • The Carrick East dolmen - These stones stand just two miles outside the town of Limavady (Ireland). With a splendid view of the distant Sperrin mountains, they have been resting here in undisturbed magnificence for thousands of years. On these web pages there is also a complete description of the excavation carried in 1936.
  • Doon Archaeological Trail - An inland promontory fort on Lough Carra (Co. Mayo), with sites from late Bronze Age, enclosed in a spectacular landscape of mountain, lake and woodland.
  • Dungarvan Museum Society - On the website of the Dungarvan Museum Society (Co. Waterford), a page is devoted to the local megalithic monuments. Info on the court cairn at Ballinamona Lower.
  • Fulachta Fiadh - Burnt mounds (fulachta fiadh) were an integral part of the prehistoric landscape in Ireland. They form the biggest number of a single prehistoric monument in Ireland and over the years have generated much interest in the archaeological world. Yet the purpose of them is still unclear even though major studies have been conducted. There are three main theories and they are all discussed here.
  • Sliabh na Caillí - Pics and info on the stone mound Sliabh na Caillí, in Ireland. By Ceridwen Keeley.
  • Solas Atlantis - Information on the ancient chambered cairns (also known as passage graves) of Ireland, based in the Lough Arrow region. Including images and info on other sites: the Caves of Kesh, Carrowkeel, Knocknarea, Carrowmore, Heapstown and Loughcrew.

  Megalithic/Prehistoric sites - Italy Top of the page 

  • Barumini - Su Nuraxi - Extensive information on Sardinia's most famous nuraghe with images and animations. An analysis is carried out of the periods preceeding the Nuragic age and of similiar monuments both in Sardinia as well as in the Mediterranean basin.
  • Dolmen e Menhir di Giurdignano - Itinerary comprising several megalithic sites in southern Italy. In Italian.
  • Is Cirquittus - Webpage on the stone circle of Is Cirquittus, in Sardinia. By the Department of Archaeoastronomy of the Astronomical Centre of Cagliari. In Italian.
  • Percorsi di Pietra - Some megalithic sites of the Salento peninsula (Italy): dolmens and menhirs (standing stones). In Italian.
  • Pietre/Stones - A brilliant Italian photographer has recorded all the megalithic sites of Apulia (Italy) in a book. Lots of info, beautiful photos and don't worry: the website is in English! By Toti Calò.
  • Stelae-Statues of Lunigiana (Tuscany, Italy) - An incredibly well-made virtual museum about these peculiar prehistoric carved stones. By Gruppo Archeologico Pisano.
  • Prehistory and protohistory in Liguria - An extensive photo collection (150 objects and sites), a detailed historical presentation and an analitic index on Prehistory and Protohistory in Liguria (Italy).
  • Riti funerari nel mondo prenuragico - Many interesting details about prehistoric/megalithic sites in Sardinia (Italy): neolithic tombs of Cuccuru s'Arriu, Anghelu Ruju's Domus de Janas, Li Mori's necropolis, an Eneolithic tomb near Oristano, some Eneolithic burials near Cagliari and a study about the Eneolithic culture of Monte Claro. By the students and the teachers of the Liceo Scientifico L.B. Alberti. In Italian.
  • Sa Coveccada - Webpage on the beautiful dolmen of Sa Coveccada, in Sardinia. By the Department of Archaeoastronomy of the Astronomical Centre of Cagliari. In Italian.

  Megalithic/Prehistoric sites - France Top of the page 

  • L'Age du Bronze de la region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur - Rock art discussed on the site is about south-east France's Bronze Age. In French.
  • Chantiers des dolmens de la Siagne - Descriptions of five dolmens of Alpes-Maritimes (France): Dolmen de la Verdoline, Dolmen des Puades, Dolmen et Tombe en blocs de Mauvans Sud, Dolmen du Degoutay.
  • Dolmens, menhirs & cromlechs - Three beautiful photographs of the dolmens of Toucou, Costa-Caouda and Pouget, in the Herault region. By Frédéric Daniau. In French.
  • Golfe du Morbihan - Beautiful site about the megalithic paradise of Brittany (France). Very well designed, splendid pictures, lots of useful info and a little megalithic dictionary. By Miranda Joubioux.
  • Petit village d'Ariège: Le Mas d'Azil - Le Mas d'Azil is a little French village. On its outskirts there are four megalithic monuments: Dolmen du Cap del Pouech, Dolmen de Bidot, Dolmen de Brillaut and the Dolmen de Couminge. Photos and short descriptions of these prehistoric sites. In French.
  • Mégalithes de Lanvaux - Some megalithic monuments of Brittany: dolmens, standing stones, allées couvertes, with photos. In French.
  • The megaliths of Carnac - Alignments, stone circles, standing stones, etc. of the the extraordinary Carnac area in Brittany. By Vicky Sherwood.
  • The Pagans' wall - Mont Ste. Odile - Visit of the biggest cyclopic wall (Pagans' Wall) of Europe, the secrets of megalithic cup-rocks, megaliths in Eastern France and the sanctuary of the neolithic goddess on Mont Ste. Odile (Alsace). With photographs and text both in English and German.

  Megalithic/Prehistoric sites - Iberian peninsula Top of the page 

  • Arciis Megalithic Pages - Very good guide of dolmens, menhirs (standing stones) of Spain. About 40 sites with descriptions, photographs and old drawings. In Spanish.
  • Balearic Prehistoric Archaeology - An active research and excavational programme in the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca for the last 40 years. They are organizing the 'Islands in Prehistory conference 2001'.
  • O dolmen de Antelas - Description of the excavation, the structure, the rock paintings (direct dated 3625-3140 BC) and the ritual uses of a magnificent Portuguese dolmen. In Portuguese.
  • Dolmen e mámoa de Chan da Arquiña - Semi-interred Spanish dolmen, in a park. In Spanish.
  • Dolmenes en Barcarrota - Description, drawings and maps of Barcarrota's dolmens. In Spanish.
  • Introducción al monumento megalitico de Dombate - A complete archaeological introduction (and something more) on a Spanish megalithic monument with pictographs and petroglyphs. By José M. Bello Dieguez. In Spanish.
  • Itinerari megalitic a l'Albera (Capmany-Agullana) - Description of a walk and a visit to four megaliths in Catalonia (Spain): Pedra del Sacrificis, Barraca del Lladre, Menhir del Quer Afumat and Dolmen del Quer Afumat. With maps, photos and educational activities. In Catalan.
  • Megaliths in Mallorca - Bronze Age constructions and walled villages in the isle of Mallorca.
  • Megalitos, Talaiots y Taules - Short descriptions and some photographs of megalithic monuments of Menorca (Spain). In Spanish.
  • O megalitismo na Beira Alta - Extensive decscription of the megalithic monuments of Beira Alta (Portugal). In Portuguese.
  • Megalítica - Megaliths of Menorca - Photos of megalithic sites, taulas and talaiots of Menorca with descriptions both in English and German.
  • Portogallo. Tracce del passato - An excerpt on megaliths taken from an article on Portuguese archaeology. By Vincenzo Fusco, in Italian.
  • La ruta de los dolmenes - Valencia de Alcantara is an important megalithic area of Spain. In this website you can find the description of three itineraries between dolmens with photos and directions on how to get there. In Spanish.

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  • Anundshög - Webpage dedicated to one of the most interesting ancient sites in Sweden. Well preserved stone ships, a burial mound and a rune stone.
  • Archaeology and Prehistory on Malta - Many good photographs.
  • Archeoastronomiecké otaznÍky - Standing stones and other stone monuments of Czech Republic. In Czech.
  • Bulgarian Archaeology - In July 1993, Dr. Ruth Tringham and colleagues started the preliminary reconnaissance of a multi-period (Bronze Age/Eneolithic/Neolithic) settlement in Northern Bulgaria. Description of the digs with some photographs.
  • Devtashlari - Magickeskite megaliti na drevna Bulgaria - Apparently a description of some 49 standing stones which are forming patterns in Bulgaria. In Bulgarian.
  • Dolmens in Denmark - A collection of high resolution photographs.
  • Dolmens in the Netherlands - Extensive Dutch passage-graves (hunebedden) and dolmens guide, with many photographs and an active map. Full reports both in English and Dutch of all existing 54 hunebedden in Holland. By Hans Meijer.
  • Holed stones and crawling through rituals - This page deals with the holed stones in Europe. Including sites and rituals from Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Ireland and other areas. Photos, info, motivations/effects and suggestions for further reading.
  • Images of sites in continental Europe, including northern France, Bulgaria, Romania, Mallorca. By Clive Ruggles
  • Malta Homepage - Some info about the island's prehistory and dolmens.
  • Megalithic tomb at Roussa - Photo and description of a megalithic dolmen built of five large stone slabs, near Roussa (Greece).
  • Megaliths in Belgium - Photos, location maps and some info on several megalithic sites in Belgium.
  • Megality - Very interesting pages about megaliths of Slovakia. Extensive and detailed list of 23 sites, some photos. In Slovak.
  • Prehistoric Temples of Malta - The prehistoric temples of Malta are unique in the world. They are the oldest standing stone structures which remain to us from ancient times. Photo tours of four of the main Maltese sites, with plans and photographs.
  • Pyramids in Germany - Descriptions, maps and images of some controversial cairns, in South-West Germany. One of those cairns is depicted by the author as 'The highest stone-stepped pyramid of the continent'. On these pages is an appeal for support to organize a professional excavation of the site.

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  • The Alligator Mound: A Hopewell Effigy - The Alligator Mound is a 210 feet (64 metres) long effigy mound in Ohio (USA). Most archaeologists agree that this mound was constructed during the Middle Woodland period (100 BC- 400 AD) by the Hopewell culture. For years it laid relatively isolated and almost forgotten. The area features many geometric earthworks designed on astronomical principles.
  • Anasazi - Prehistoric archaeological sites of the American Southwest (Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico). By Greg Bondar.
  • Ancient art of Korea - Extraordinary website devoted to the prehistoric monuments of Korea. Including 17 dolmens, 5 menhirs (standing stones), barrows and stone rows. With images, maps and descriptions. By Byon Kwang-Hyon.
  • Archéologie du Fujairah - Description of the spectacular Bitnah tomb (in the United Arab Emirates), dug in the late Eighties by the Groupe de Recherches en Archéologie Préhistorique (a division of the Anthropology Department of Geneva University). In French.
  • Çatalhöyük - Information about the activities of the research being conducted at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey.
  • Megaliths of Hy-Brazil - Web page about some huge and almost unknown megalithic sites in Southern America. Also a couple of b/w stone sites in West New Guinea and Caroline Islands. By an independent researcher, Arthur Franco.
  • North Salem Dolmen - The largest supposed Celtiberian dolmen yet discovered in North America, located at North Salem, New York.
  • Prehistoric Megaliths in the Western Caucasus - A long-term project on a group of dolmens in the Caucasus, administered by the Institute for Study of Material Culture History of the Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg, Russia).
  • Stone circles of the Gambia - Web page dedicated to the very little known but extremely interesting stone circles in Gambia, Africa. By Momodou Camara.
  • Sztuka naskalna Uzbekistanu - Petroglyphs pictures from central Asia (Uzbekistan). In Polish.
  • Vidarbha Megaliths - A paper attempting to provide an anthropological and demographic hypothesis for the study of megalithic burial practices in the Vidarbha region (India).
  • Webolith - Web pages covering a number of petroform sites in in the Kawartha region of Ontario, Canada. Their prehistoric origin is controversial.

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  • ASLaN - The Ancient Sacred Landscape Network is a diverse collection of groups that have come together to promote the idea that the conservation of and access to sacred sites are both compatible and desirable. Have a look at its charter.
  • Aosta Valley Archaeoastronomy Association - ARSAV is a non-profit association whose aim is to widen and spread the knowledge concerning Aosta Valley and Italian archaeoastronomy. To this purpose various attivities of research, updating and diffusion, lectures and meetings are organized. With some images and info on the prehistoric sites of the region.
  • Bournemouth University: the Archaeological Group - Courses, research programs, fieldwork, events and publications of one of the largest communities of academic archaeologists in southern England.
  • British Archaeological Association - This page provides details of the activities of the Association and contacts you should wish to inquire further. Details of the 1998 summer conference have been retained so viewers can appreciate what occurs on one of these meetings.
  • Center for Archaeoastronomy - Founded in 1978 at the University of Maryland to advance research, education and public awareness of archaeoastronomy.
  • Chester Archaeological Society - Founded in 1849, it is one of the oldest societies of its kind in UK. Its program of lectures, fieldwork projects, activities, excursions and 150th anniversary celebrations.
  • Council for British Archaeology
  • Council for Scottish Archaeology
  • English Heritage
  • English Heritage archaeology division - The English Heritage's division that provides archaeological expertise and advice to the organization.
  • Gungywamp Society - It is a 20 year old organization dedicated to investigating, protecting and preserving megalithic structures in southern New England.
  • Heritage Lincolnshire and Archaeological Project Services
  • Historic Scotland - It safeguards Scotland's built heritage by scheduling monuments of national importance and by listing historic buildings of special architectural or historic interest. Historic Scotland has more than 300 properties in its care and welcomes around 2.9 million visitors each year to over 70 properties where admission is charged.
  • Institute of Field Archaeologists - The IFA is a professional organization for archaeologists. This website provides valuable information for professional archaeologists, users and providers of archaeological services, and students studying archaeology and related disciplines.
  • Irish Heritage Council - The Heritage Council is advised on archaeological matters by the statutory Archaeology Committee. It grant-aids a number of archaeological research projects. The Council is also asked to comment on a wide range of issues ranging from the Boyne Valley Integrated Development Plan to the Licensing of Archaeological Excavations.
  • Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford - The purpose of the Irish National Heritage Park is to let you see how people lived, worshipped and buried their dead, at different periods in history. This has been accomplished by constructing full-scale reconstructions of the types of homesteads, places of ritual of worship, burial modes, and other, long forgotten, remains of a past stretching back around 9,000 years. On their website there are sections devoted to Stone Age, Bronze Age and Celtic/early Christian Age.
  • MDA - Museum Documentation Association On-line - The lead body in the UK for museum information management, supported in its work by the Museums & Galleries Commission, and the respective Museum Councils in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
  • National Trust - Founded in 1895 and covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the National Trust is an independant organization. The Trust is promoting the permanent preservation of areas of beauty or historical interest. There are estimated to be more than 40,000 sites of archaeological interest in the Trust's ownership.
  • National Trust for Scotland - The NTS is promoting the preservation of places of historic and architectural interest or natural beauty. The Trust's archaeologist maintains a Sites and Monuments Record, and runs various archaeological projects, some of which require volunteer help.
  • Neolithic Studies Group - A loose-knit collectivity of archaeologists, mainly from Britain and the Atlantic seaboard countries of the European Union, with an interest in the Neolithic period.
  • Orkney Archaeological Trust - Founded in 1996 to provide the Islands with the Archaeological Service its magnificent ancient monuments deserve. It acts as a focus for professional an educational research into these sites and monuments. With images and info on selected sites: Skara Brae, Brodgar, Knap of Howar, Maeshowe, Stones of Stenness, Dwarfie Stane and Unstan.
  • New England Antiquities Research Association - The NEARA is a non-profit association dedicated to a better understanding of American historic and prehistoric past through the study and preservation of New England's stone sites in their cultural context. Including an online magazine and the description of some megalithic and ceremonial sites in New England.
  • Prehistoric Society - The Prehistoric Society is the only archaeological society in the British Isles devoted exclusively to the study of prehistory. Originally founded in 1908 by enthusiastic amateurs, the Society caters for both professional archaeologists and members of the general public. Its activities are open to all members alike (many such events are included in the subscription rate), and include lectures, weekend conferences, regular archaeological tours in Britain and overseas. The Society also supports some half dozen research projects each year.
  • RESCUE - An independent charitable organization with no ties to government or to any other public body, RESCUE acts to promote archaeology's interests in Britain.
  • RCHME - Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and the National Monuments Record.
  • RCAHMS - Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
  • RCAHMW - Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. On this website you can find what RCHMW is and what it do, the National Monuments Record of Wales, information on current projects and useful web links.
  • School of American Research - The archaeology branch of the School of American Research maintains the permanent archaeology collections for researchers, and supports archaeology through the advanced seminar, publication, and resident scholar programs.
  • SCRAN - The Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network is a Millennium Project to build a networked multimedia resource base for the study, teaching and appreciation of history and material culture in Scotland. Currently the SCRAN resource base contains about 60,000 text records of objects from over 30 museums, galleries and archives. A few hundred of these records are attached to images. By the Millennium there are plans to grow to 1.5 million text records and 100,000 multimedia objects, including movies, sound clips and VR.
  • Society For American Archaeology - An international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas.
  • University College Dublin - Department of archaeology - The teaching staff of the Department are active in many areas of archaeological research including the art and architecture of megalithic tombs, prehistoric landscapes, stone axe petrology, metalwork and burial ritual of the insular early Bronze Age, the Iron Age and its insular and European contexts.
  • West Yorkshire Archaeology Service - Website full of details concerning all aspects of work undertaken by the foremost archaeological unit in the North of England.

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  • An Anasazi Almanac - Information and maps about some ancient solar eclipses that touched a section of the Colorado plateau from 300 AD to 1300 AD. Mentions an interpretation of rock art at Chaco Canyon as a solar eclipse.
  • Archaeoastronomy - Up to the minute chronometric almanac of equinoxes, solstices and cross quarter dates with informative animation of these seasonal cusps.
  • Archeoastronomia - Webpages on archaeoastronomy, megalithic monuments, petroglyphs and calendars by the Brera Astronomic Observatory and the Department of Physics of the University of Milan (Italy). In Italian.
  • Archeolink prehistory park - Welcome to Archaeolink prehistory park at Oyne, Aberdeenshire (Scotland). A fascinating new visitor experience in the heart of ancient Aberdeenshire. Beautiful graphics, good info on the park and related subjects, a few photos.
  • Archaiologia Jobs and People Finder - For everyone involved in Archaeology, History and related disciplines looking for jobs and contracts (e.g. volunteer places on digs, teaching posts etc.); needing staff for a project or a permanent position (job and project vacancies); requiring specialist services (e.g. geophysical surveying, archaeological illustration etc.).
  • Archéologie et Gobelets - Swiss association for the diffusion of knowledge and research about the Campaniforme. With good bibliographic references online and links.
  • Archaeogeodesy, a key to prehistory - A website devoted to Archaeogeodesy: a methodology for investigating the placements, interrelationships, spatial properties, arrangements and architecture of prehistoric sites and monuments.
  • Archaeologists and Development - Archaeologists campaigning for the environment - An informal collective of campaigners dedicated to fighting developments that are systematically destroying our heritage, from ancient sites and landscapes, to monuments and battlefields.
  • The British Bronze Age - Extensive description of the Bronze Age in the British Isles, including cronology, settlement sites, economy, rituals and burials.
  • The Bronze Age in the Netherlands - All about the Bronze Age in the Netherlands, including pictures, drawings, books, activities in the prehistoric open air museum, Eindhoven (NL) and the first metals in history.
  • Bronze Age multilingual glossary - A multilingual (Romanian/French/English) glossary of archaeological terminology. Project of the Council of Europe.
  • Burren Archaeology Research Expedition - In previous years teams led by Dr. Carleton Jones discovered numerous megalithic tombs and contemporary farmsteads, and in 1998 began the excavation of a court tomb first recorded in 1994. Volunteers will be working in an area of County Clare, western Ireland, known as the Burren, and this year they will continue the excavation of the tomb.
  • Butser Ancient Farm - Frequently known as the Iron Age Farm: is a replica of the sort of farm which would have existed in the British Iron Age circa 300 BC.
  • Celtic Arts and Cultures - A superbly documented website. It is full of images (including 15 about Bronze Age Europe) and data that will prove useful for anyone interested in Celtic peoples.
  • CAA++ - Computer Applications in Archaeology.
  • De La Fortification - Pictures and explanation of fortification from ancient times to 19th century, including the Scottish brochs and other ancient fortifications. In French.
  • Danops Denmark Iron Age Village - A reconstructed ancient environment built according to findings from archaeological excavations.
  • Del Nogier. Histoire et archeologie en Correze In French.
  • Discovery Program - A state-sponsored archaeological research program, based in Dublin.
  • Drystone Walls and Fields - Drystone walls, and the boundaries which they define, are relics of human activity in the landscape. Some of these boundaries are prehistoric in origin, having survived through the ages either due to later disuse and isolation, or continuing use and adaptation by successive generations. This article examines the evidence for this, together with how field systems have been adapted through the ages, and some examples of the main types. There are also links to related sites, and a bibliography.
  • Earth Mysteries & Sacred Site Tours - Tours to England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Crete, Egypt, Malta, Switzerland, France, Peru, Hawaii. Explore mythology, earth mysteries, ancient sites, metaphysics, ley lines, megalithic sites, temples, gods/goddesses, alternative healing therapies, mystical sites.
  • Earthrod - A documentary fim company based on a long term interest in megalithic landscapes. Small photo gallery of some English prehistoric sites to browse.
  • European Convention for the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage of Europe (Revised) 1992 - The so called 'Malta Convention'.
  • European Prehistoric Art Web Page - Held at Tomar (Portugal), with the support of the European Commission, these courses will be organised under the following themes: recording and conservation techniques, dating and interpretation methods, new technologies, management and theory.
  • Every Ogham thing on the Web
  • I grandi monumenti megalitici - From an amateur astronomers' newletter, a page dedicated to megalithic monuments, with a few beautiful b/w photos. By Elia Cozzi, in Italian.
  • Highland Archaeology Service - Featuring walks around Caithness.
  • Introduction to Irish archaeology - By Michael Sundermeier, Creighton University, Oregon, U.S.A., as background information to a course on Irish literature. It is illustrated with photographs taken by the author
  • Legendary Tours - Story-teller Richard Marsh leads small groups on full-day tours, on which Irish myth and legend come to life in a special way "on location" at Stone Age passage tombs, Bronze Age stone circles and dolmens, Iron Age hill forts and ring forts, standing stones, ogham stones, earthworks.
  • Megalithic cultures: an answer to rising sea level? - An unpublished theory to explain the meaning of megaliths. By Claude Lantz. In English and French.
  • MARS - The Monuments at Risk Survey; on this website you may find The Martian Chronicles (bulletins of MARS Projecy) and some conference papers.
  • Mid-Atlantic Geomancy - If you seek evidence of the geomantic tradition and its skills on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Museum of the Iron Age - This English museum interprets the site of nearby Danebury Hill fort and life in the pre-Roman Age.
  • Mysterious Places of North America - Website dedicated to presenting locations within North America that fall outside the mainstream of "standard archaeology".
  • Ogam-Inschriften - A huge database of ogham inscriptions. By Jost Gippert. In German.
  • Operation Solstice - A 'pirate operation' to promote a pacific occupation of Carnac's megalithic alignments (Brittany, France) during the summer solstice of 1999. This would be done as a protest to a project led by the Carnac Council and the Culture Department whose aim (apparently) is the commercial exploitation of Carnac megalithic area. In French.
  • Ötzi - On this page you can find everything about Ötzi, the mummified Neolithic man found into an Alpine glacier in Italy. Many resources, in-depth information about the man, his tools and the techniques used to study and preserve the mummy. In Italian and in German.
  • Oxford conferences on archaeoastronomy - A series of triennial meetings that have focused on the role that astronomical phenomena have played in human societies, ranging from the applied (such as the basis for calendrics and orientations) to the ceremonial (the significance given the "ritual landscape" of the sky).
  • Pictish Symbol Stones - Extensive info about the magnificently sculpted standing stones erected by the kingdom of the Picts, ousted by the Scots in the 9th century AD. By Alligator Descartes.
  • Preservation Map of Europe - A virtual directory of organizations working in the preservation field within Europe. To stimulate the development of joint projects and more targeted research. By ECPA, European Commission on Preservation and Access.
  • RockArtNet - Project to provide information about online Rock Art resources.
  • Sacred Sites Tours - They organize tours to the sacred sites of Britain (standing stones and stone sircles, ancient tombs, chalk carvings, sacred wells). It is based in Minneapolis (Minnesota).
  • Secrets Beneath Your Feet - York Archaeological Trust's web page about Prehistoric York.
  • Sheffield Archaeology - Excavations and fieldwork taking place on South Uist (Outer Hebrides, Scotland). Late Bronze Age and early Iron Age houses and settlement, broch and associated settlement and Neolithic/early Bronze Age settlements.
  • Solar Markers - Solstices are wonderful times to look for solar markers in rock. Indeed, the window of opportunity is about two weeks. On these pages there are many examples of solar markers and information on how observing them.
  • STILE: Clive Ruggles' Students' and Teachers' Interactive Learning Environment - Leicester University.
  • Well Within - Sponsors and conducts workshops, conferences, weekend retreats and international tours to mysterious and sacred sites.
  • The World of Crannogs - The term 'crannogs' refers to small artificial islands which can be found in the majority of Scotland's lochs and inland waters. From the surface, most crannogs look like uninteresting mounds of stone, from which timbers sometimes protrude. Today, crannogs are one of the most exciting and complex sites on which archaeologists work. By Mark Holley at Edinburgh University.

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  • alt.archaeology
    A more diverse version of sci.archaeology.
  • sci.archaeology
    A very active newsgroup. Recent threads have discussed proto-writing in Europe, Sumarian astronomy, Atlantis, Tutankamun, "ancient visitors to North America," Norwegian petroglyphs and potsherds.
  • sci.archaeology.moderated
    This is a moderated newsgroup dedicated to the discussion of archaeology, the study of the past through its material culture. It would meet a long-standing demand for a moderated newsgroup for the discussion of archaeology without flames and without postings either based on speculation or of a non-scientific nature that have put many people off in the past.

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    There is a mailbase list devoted to the discussion of all aspects of experimental archaeology. Experimental archaeology being the attempt to increase our understanding of the archaeological record by the experimental reproduction of the technological and cultural activities thought to be involved in the creation of that record. To subscribe, send the following message to
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    An electronic discussion list for Archaeology Students. Organized in October 1994, this list has been established to provide an open forum for both graduate and undergraduate students of archaeology to discuss topics relevant to the field and to our lives as archaeologists. To subscribe, send the following message to
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    Sponsored by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and the British Academy, the purpose of BRITARCH is for discussions and information dissemination relating to British archaeology. It will also be used by the CBA to disseminate news of events and other relevant items. The list is aimed at anyone with an interest in British archaeology. Further details about the list can be obtained from the Mailbase server's Web page: To join the list send the following email message to
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    This list is for for discussion and dissemination of information about archaeological computing. Relevant topics include numerical methods, software, hardware, statistical analysis of data, methods for support of field techniques, methods for storage and dissemination of data, techniques for Internet, World Wide Web, and multimedia publication of research, image recording and analysis, photogrammetry, site recording, and database design and management. To subscribe, send the following message to
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