Friday 14 June 2019

More ancient archaeology from Northumberland - the Duddo Stone Circle

 Duddo stones under perfect conditions, beautifully photographed - but not by me...

An account, and pictures, of my own experience can be found at Exploring Ancient Archaeology in Northumbria.


Matthew T said...

Thanks for this one; I love the stone circles so much, and treading ground that's been trodden for 4000 years makes me giddy.

Matthew T said...

One of the things that I can never get over about your country is the persistence of "wild" areas like these. It reminds me of when I was in medical school and we were discussing how bad people are at properly assessing / grasping statistical probability, as in, you can tell a person what the chance is of something "bad" happening, but it's not usually meaningful to him, because our brains are poor at picturing just what a 1 in 70,000 chance (for instance) "looks like".

In a similar way, I hear that the population of the UK is 80 mill or whatever, and I think gee, it must be over-crowded, but it clearly isn't, not totally so.

Bruce Charlton said...

Northumberland is the most sparsely populated county in England - and has been for centuries. eg. the Parish of Simonburn was the largest (in terms of area) of any in the Church of England.

And the doctors practice a friend used to work in, was the biggest in area in England.

By contrast, most of England seems crowded to me - even the hill areas like the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales. Perhaps only in the Cheviot Hills can you walk for an hour or more without meeting anyone.