Category: Archaeology

Atlas of Hillforts

The Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland is a brilliant wee website that plots the hillforts of the British Isles (4174 of them according to DigVentures post).

Dearest to my heart of course is Dechmont Hill above Cambuslang, a place I’m relatively obsessed with (its hilltop trees can be spotted from all over North and South Lanarkshire) but there are quite a few fortifications within the local area, including a fair few I didn’t know about in Lanarkshire. It’s amazing to follow the Clyde and see the forts appearing on either side of the river. Even more wonderful to zoom right in and see the remains or marks for yourself.

Love it.


Lost village of Cadzow

From BBC Scotland

Artefacts from ‘lost’ medieval village found near M74

Kate NicNiven

Last couple of days I’ve been afflicted by a flu-ey kind of rotten cold. So long as I stay sat, I’m ok, but anything energetic, like standing up, quickly leads to sitting down again. In between dozing off, I’ve been reading, and read a blog on a standing stone, now destroyed, at Clarkston Farm near Lesmahagow, on Northern Antiquarian, Dec 26th , 2008

The blog quotes Chambers’ Popular Rhymes, p242-3, which tells the story of previous owners who believed this rhyme was connected to the Clarkston Farm stone:

Between Dillerhill and Crossfoord,
There lies Katie Neevie’s hoord.

Stories of treasure under standing stones and mounds are hardly new, but who is Katie Neevie? Chambers refers to her as Mrs Katherine Nevin, without any indication of her role in the story. But the name that immediately came into my mind was Kate NicNiven, Queen of the Faeries (and also an infamous, and probably fictional, witch, although there are plenty from around Monzie in Perthshire who claim she’s genuinely historical).

In other words, it’s possible that the rhyme is suggesting fairy gold, another well worn folktale.

However, from a geographical point of view, the imaginary line between Diller Hill and Crossford doesn’t actually suggest Clarkston Farm. Halfway along is Blackhill Farm, which still has a barrow, albeit rather ploughed away, and in the past there was also a standing stone close by. If ever in the vicinity, it might be an interesting diversion to climb Diller Hill itself and see whether Crossford can be seen in the Clyde Valley to the north. Of course, you might find the bulk of Black Hill itself in the way, which actually wrecks the entire story.

Britain from Above

Britain from Above is a fantastic website full of aerial photographs from 1919-1953, with an option for registered users to add additional information to the images. You can even add the photos from the site to a free blog.

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