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Sillustani is a Chullpa Tower site on the edge of Lake Umayo near Lake Titicaca in Peru. Sillustani is thought to be built by the Kolla Culture around 1000 AD, but the site has been occupied since 7000 BC. Some of the Chullpa (funerary) towers were constructed by the Inca, but the intricate carving is very similar to Gobekli Tepe in Turkey c.11,500 BC and features various animals and serpents in relief. The museum also has three elongated skulls and mummified burials.

 

In this Megalithomania video Hugh Newman interviews archaeologists Mike Parker Pearson and Julian Richards and discusses the Durrington Walls dig with archaeoastronomer Simon Banton. Includes aerial footage of the site.

 

Anyway, we look forward to seeing you fellow Megalithomaniacs on one of our expeditions or conferences this year and wish you all well.

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Chaco Culture NHP - Pueblo Bonito

Archaeogenomic evidence reveals prehistoric matrilineal dynasty. See comment for article.. Ancient Village or Settlement in San Juan County, New MexicoPueblo Bonito is the premiere site in the canyon; the most massive and having been the subject of the most extensive excavation and other study. Construction took place from 850AD to about 1140 AD. The village covers over four acres, including both community and family kivas, living areas, and storage rooms.

Barrow near Morecambe

DigVentures find a barrow / ring cairn, and an amazingly well preserved Bronze Age cremation burial, a rare occurrence in northwest England. Digventures write: We knew we had some sort of round barrow, but even then there’s plenty of variation. One week into the dig, we’d managed to establish that our burial mound may actually have been white, or that at the very least, the people who built it did so using a large amount of white stone. As well as being on a prominent hillside, it would have stood out like a Bronze Age beacon in the surrounding landscape, and even out to boats sailing past in Morecambe Bay.

Cerrig Duon stone circle

At the Cerrig Duon site, Maen Mawr (Big Stone) stands in the upper reaches of the Tawe Valley 10km south of Trecastle, Powys. The circle and has other megaliths and avenues associated with it.

Muzium Negara

The National Museum in Malaysia provides an overview of Malaysian history and culture. Among the collections are the stone Makara statue, the bronze Avalokiteshvara of Bidor and a model of the Bujang Valley temple in Kedah,

Ohalo II

Flint Sickles prove grain cultivation in Galilee 23,000 years ago . Remains of a miraculously preserved camp by the Sea of Galilee included brush huts, grains and stone tools that show farming began far earlier than thought. Agriculture is believed to have dawned around 12,000 years ago, in the Levant or southern Turkey. Now remains of a 23,000-year-old camp, including flint sickle blades and extraordinarily preserved botanical remains, found on the shore of the Sea of Galilee throws back the start of cereal cultivation by thousands of years.

Merlin's Mount

Marlborough College have made a 35 minute documentary telling the story of Marlborough Mound and how it's Neolithic origin was discovered. Artificial Mound in Wiltshire. This artificial mound stands in the private grounds of Marlborough College. It was the motte on which the keep of Marlborough Castle was built fifty years after the Norman Conquest and it subsequently became the centrepiece of a major seventeenth century garden.