The Portarlington National Celtic Festival, near Geelong in Australia brought in over 15,000 visitors, with people traveling from as far as New Zealand and organisers have described it as the best one yet, reports the Geelong Advertiser.
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The Caithness Broch Project is building a Lego Iron Age Broch model as an “eye-catching prop” to encourage people to find out more about the construction and use of brochs, reports the BBC. Brochs are Iron Age roundhouses, and ruins of these homes can be found in the north and west Highlands and Orkney.
Caithness in the Highlands has more broch sites than anywhere else in Scotland. Working with universities and heritage and archaeology groups, Caithness Broch Project is also planning to hold a range of events during 2017’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. These include clearing vegetation from broch sites to better aid their preservation and running art competitions for schools.
Specialist historical Lego Builders – ‘Brick to the Past’
At a height of 40cm and covering an area of about 1.2m, the roundhouse and a surrounding landscape are made of 10,000 pieces.
Folklore, Fairies, Cold Iron of Sussex and Puck of Pook’s Hill
This is our biggest show ever! A real MONSTER of a show with an excerpt from the fascinating book, British Witch Legends of Sussex which you can get hold of from the publisher Country Books, a great story by Rudyard Kipling all about that tricky Fey, Puck and six pieces of great Fairy-inspired music. It’s all topped off by two poems – including one poem read by our 9-year old Grand-daughter, Amielia!
- Intro 0:41
- News & Views 2:05
- Sussex Farms, Lore & Augury 3:10
- Pica Pica by Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch 6:17
- Ecology and the ‘Downs’ of Sussex 9:09
- Trip to Skye/Dance to your Daddy by Mike Gulston 14:15
- British Witch Legends of Sussex, Pt.1 by Shaun Cooper 18:28
- Celtic Tribes 23:37
- Faerie Tale by Spiral Dance 24:35
- British Witch Legends of Sussex, Pt.2 by Shaun Cooper 27:34
- Scarborough Faire by Jenna Greene & Kellianna 39:57
- All about the origins of Scarborough Fair 43:23
- Cold Iron from ‘Rewards and Fairies’ by Rudyard Kipling 45:55
- Shakespeare’s Puck & Sussex Pharisees 1:21:39
- Iron from Stone by Damh the Bard 1:26:00
- Show Summary 1:33:56
- Song of the Travelling Fairies by Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch 1:39:57
- Listener Feedback – Natasha 1:44:08
- Fairies by Rose Fyleman 1:45:33
- Outtakes 1:48:54
We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x x
Released: 1st May 2017, 1hr 51m
Archaeological finds from the Roman town of Verulamium have been uncovered in St Albans. Recent gas main works in Verulamium Park revealed the location of the corner of the town wall and a previously unknown house – the area was formerly believed to have been the location for a road. Verulamium was the third largest city in Roman Britain and the area has been mapped through various excavations over the years.
Remains of Opus Signinum floor
Rare Iron Age remains of a chariot and horse skeletons have been unearthed at a Pocklington housing site. It is said to be the first find in 200 years of a chariot with horses and only one of 26 in the UK. Described as being of “international significance”, the finds will shed more light on Iron Age Britain reports the Hull Daily Mail.
Archaeologists at the Burnby Lane site have previously found artefacts including a sword, shield, spears, brooches and pots in a large number of square barrows, dating back to 500 BC. It has now been revealed that 180 skeletons of men, women and children have been found at the site where a housing development is to take place. Archaeologists are working hand-in-hand with the developers.
Pocklington Iron Age Chariot and many more finds
Bones discovered in a cave on Eigg have been linked to a massacre of almost the entire island’s population during a clan feud in the 16th Century. More than 50 bones were found after tourists found some of the remains in the Eigg Island Massacre Cave last year. Analysis by archaeologists at Historic Environment Scotland has dated the remains to the time of the killings reported the BBC.
Macdonalds murdered in Eigg Island Massacre
Castell Henllys Iron Age Village will be opening its doors on Saturday (March 11) in a bid to form a new volunteer group that will help care for the unique heritage site reports the Milford Mercury.
An open afternoon will begin at 2pm to welcome those who are interested in volunteering some of their time and expertise to support the prehistoric site, which is owned and run by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
Taking part in events at Castell Henllys
Castell Henllys Manager, Jenn Jones said:
A gold-decorated Late Bronze Age spearhead and other artefacts uncovered during an Angus excavation have been hailed as “the find of a lifetime” reported the BBC earlier this year.
The weapon was discovered during an archaeological evaluation on land being developed into council football pitches at Balmachie in Carnoustie.
The spearhead was found beside a bronze sword, pin and scabbard fittings. It is one of only a handful of gold-decorated bronze spearheads ever found in Britain and Ireland.
Internationally Significant Bronze Age Weapons
On Imbolc Eve Irish and Scottish women would clean and prepare their household for Brigid’s blessings during the night. Brigid was said to visit virtuous households and bring Imbolc blessings to the inhabitants. In some places in Ireland and Scotland it was a tradition to open all the doors and windows in the home and for the women of the house to stand at the threshold in order to recieve Brigid’s blessings. After being invited into the house a bed would often be made for her, and a wand or stick laid on the bed or close by.
Imbolc is dedicated to Saint Brigid; a major figure in the early Irish Church who predates the Saint to a pan-celtic pagan goddess of the same name. The festival which celebrates winter’s end, the onset of spring, and the start of the agricutural year is thought to be linked with Brigid in her role as a fertility goddess.
Imbolc (Imbolg) the festival marking the beginning of spring has been celebrated since ancient times and the Imbolc folklore that has developed over the years is fascinating. It is a Cross Quarter Day, midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It can fall between the 2nd & 7th of February when calculated as the mid point between the astronomical Winter Solstice and the astronomical Spring Equinox.
Cross quarter days were traditionally when leasehold payments and rents for land and premises were paid, and on these days people had a little more freedom to celebrate and mark the changing seasons.
In some places in Ireland and Scotland, all work ceased on the feast and devotions at holy wells took place instead.