The polite Ministry sign in the inner ward at Norham Castle warns visitors to take care, especially in wet weather.
Historic England has noted that metal-detectorists have been active on part of the scheduled Roman site at Corbridge in Northumberland.
Do we need to change the language used to describe such activity? Do archaeologists need to start talking about the intellectual implications of such illegal activity? What information is being lost from the finite archaeological record?
Further details can be found on Looting Matters.
The ‘pantry’ is located in the west range of Lindisfarne Priory. The current English Heritage guidebook defines it on the plan as a cellar, and suggests that the three rooms were created in the middle of the 14th century.
Some of the organic finds from the excavations at the site of Vindolanda to the south of Hadrian’s Wall have now been put on display in a series of impressive displays in the site museum (see press release). The focus is on the wide range of objects made from wood.
The new displays have been funded through support from the HLF.
Concerns are being raised about visitors creating piles of cairns that detract from the landscape (Michael Cox, ‘Beaches ‘spoiled’: Should rock stacking be banned?‘, BBC News 11 August 2018). John Hourston of the Blue Planet Society is quoted: ‘The first rule of the environment is leave no trace … If we educated people to understand that philosophy I think then people would have second thoughts about making a personal statement with a rock stack.’
The issue is not just one for Scotland. This summer we observed the phenomenon on Lindisfarne, Northumberland.
Tourists need to leave the landscape as they find it.
The chapel lies at a raised level within the cliff face alongside the river. The ‘east’ end in effect points south-east. It is c. 6.2 m long, and 2.3 m wide.
At the east end is a rock-cut altar.
At the west end there is an entrance from the exterior, and opposite it, the doorway into the sacristry.
The ceiling consists of three sections with mock vaulting. In the central section is a rock-cut basin.
The beer cellar is located in the western side of the Great Tower of Warkworth Castle (with the wine cellar on the east side). The stairway provides access to the first floor.