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originally posted by: beansidhe
a reply to: Logarock
Hey Log!!! Big hugs to you! Jocks is fine, we're not proud. Although, technically Gordi's a weegie.
Since we're all here, we should give this another go - I had so much fun with this thread. Let me help Gordi off with his straight jacket and we'll get moving.
Having said that, I need to head out but I'll be back later tonight.
originally posted by: beansidhe
...He plotted the summer solstice there, but if you think about it, the winter solstice is the time you really need to know. It is freezing in the north east, with long dark winters. Not so bad for us with our fancy-dan supermarkets, but famine would have been an ever-present threat in those times. You can only get fish when the sea is calm enough to sail on, after all.
It would be imperative to know when the nights would be getting longer, how much longer to wait before the soil thawed for planting....
- The last and most interesting anomaly of the sun’s path is that the opposing solstice dawn and dusks are at opposite angles! See Figure 3 and Figure 4. i.e. the winter dawn position is 180 degrees away from the summer setting sun.
Evidence of early rotary quern use from the Howe (phase iii, 6th–5th centuries bc ) and from the pre-broch level at Dun Mor Vaul, Tiree indicates that rotary querns may have been in use far earlier than previously suggested, perhaps from as early as the 5th or 4th century bc (MacKie 1971: 54; Ballin smith 1994: 26; Harding 2006: 74).
It thus seems clear that the normal date of c 200 bc for the quern transition, when saddle querns began to be replaced by rotary types, is too late (Caulfield 1978; armit 1991: 190–5). It seems the spread of this new technology was rapid, but it is not yet clear if all settlements had rotary querns at this early stage.
Vandals have caused more than £10,000 worth of damage to glass panels which surround a medieval stone in Moray. Three panels at Sueno's Stone at Forres, between the B9011 and the A96, were broken on Wednesday night. The early medieval period carved standing stone is more than 20ft tall.
Police Scotland said: "It is disappointing for the community that this has happened and this type of behaviour will not be tolerated."
...the hoard is not an isolated find but was buried within a Late Bronze Age settlement, which means that once the excavation has been completed it will be possible to study the archaeological context of the hoard, revealing new insights into the local Bronze Age community that buried it. Not least of which was the longevity of settlement here. For the excavation has also revealed the largest Neolithic hall so far found in Scotland, a building dating to around 4000 BC and that may have been as old to the people who buried the weapon hoard, as they are to us. Read more at archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com...
originally posted by: Gordi The Drummer
....Yup, another trip to Brechin is on the cards! LOL
I have friends in Montrose, so I'll probably wait until I'm visiting them again. There's a cracking music festival (MoFest) there in May so if I can stay sober enough..... hehe we shall see!...