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  • Ole Primdahl

    Actually Newgrange is in Republic of Ireland and not the UK 😉

    Cheers – Ole

    • A C Tuffey

      Ole – This is true – However I deemed it acceptable as the techniques in its construction may well have been of Scottish design. I did deliberate on the matter, and decided upon the title for brevity – it had a more academic title originally – but it was far too long-winded . thanks for the input.

      • Ole Primdahl

        Good explanation – Thank you.
        AND i forgot to mention: Great list 🙂

        • A C Tuffey

          thank you very much – greatly appreciated 😀

  • Andy in Swindon

    Erm…..Avebury? Far larger than Stonehenge, far more impressive. It’s a stones throw from West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill (maybe you could have included the three as one item due to their proximity).

    • A C Tuffey

      Andy – You are indeed correct – Love Avebury – didn’t include it though as for varieties sake I wanted to cut down on Henge like structures. – If i write another list i shall be certain to include it.

  • wendy

    agreed! I was bought up in that that area (east Kennett|) and although the barrow is interesting avebury is more historically recognised and it is very odd that it has been missed off!

  • 5minutes

    I’m disappointed that Keith Richards wasn’t on this list.

    • Ed


  • Dan

    Saw the title and knew Newgrange would be number 1…

    “Newgrange is one of the most overlooked sites in the United Kingdom”. That’ll be because it’s not in the UK

    • A C Tuffey

      See my reasoning in the earlier comment – I simply didnt want to leave newgrange out – It was likely built by Scotsmen – the cultural nomenclature is a misnomer in this respect – none of these sites are ‘British’.

      The Windmill hill people for example constructed stone henge – then it was edited by the beaker people – from the Iberian peninsular – West Kennet was affected by Transmanche inclusions from Brittany.

      New grange was likely influenced by the proto-beaker culture. So you’ll forgive my pandering to the masses by cutting 95% out of an academic essay and quickly rewriting it for a wider audience and ill forgive you your pedantry…

      • aiden

        Why did you say newgrange was in the uk and it was built by irish people not scots and as an irish person i find it offensive ireland is also not part of britain

        • A C Tuffey

          Be offended – its not going to change anything. Its not going to make you any more right.

          The fact that you think social divisions from the modern day apply in the prehistoric era – just goes to show how politicized archaeology is currently, and also highlights how wrong you are.

          You obviously didn’t read my riposte correctly – what we now know as Scotland, and what we now know as Ireland were in fact populated with the beaker people – beaker migrations, as we know from ceramic typography, started in central France and moved into Britain Scotland and then Ireland. So if you want Newgrange was built by the french.

          But we don’t use modern geographical terms because they are wrong – the only reason they are utilized is to make it easier for people who don’t know the subject to conceptualize where it is that we are talking about.

          If it suits you the Irish no more built new grange than the English built stone henge.

          Neolithic Britons – (coming from the Latin to refer to the whole of Britain and Ireland) share similar traits – that are archetypal of one particular culture. So its easier to put them together. Like it or not you don’t get to decide this the science does.

          as i said I put them together because they were typologically similar – yes ireland and Britain very different – the cultures prevalent in both during the construction of newgrange and most of the sites in Salisbury – the same. very much the same.

          • andy

            The complaint about saying Newgrange is ‘one of the most overlooked sites in the UK’ is simply that the ‘UK’ is only a contemporary political entity, which does NOT include Newgrange, so it confuses and offends some people. The British Isles is a better term. I accept all your comments about the past having a very different human geography but just use the ‘Top ten sites in the British Isles’ as a title. I suppose, to really dumb it down, you could call it the ‘Top ten sites in London.’