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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Decisions, decisions...


Still trying to decide what to write about for my next article on A History of Swansea and Gower. I cheated with the last article, by revamping something I wrote a long time ago. I was thinking about an article on Gower's standing stones, but I only have pics of Arthur's Stone.

I was also thinking about doing an article on Paviland Cave, but there seems to be plenty of online info about that. I'm VERY shocked at the lack of local history groups in the Swansea area. Smaller places such as Llanelli, Neath, Carmarthen and Ammanford, all have their own historical societies. But there seems to be nothing specific relating to the history of Swansea and Gower.

I've just realised how broad a topic history is. It can include anything from social history, to art history, to archaeology. I think I need to get a bit more organised about this topic, and make a list of research projects. I also want to do something a little bit different, i.e. unearthing more obscure historical events and themes, or putting a new spin on oft-cited ones. Oh well, back to my research in a few minutes ...

3 comments:

The Pig's Lip said...

Hi Sian - be careful if doing an article on the Standing Stones and don't fall into the trap that has ensnared a lot of other people - Arthur's Stone is not one of the Standing Stones and neither is the monument on top of Port Eynon Cliffs - something a lot of people have been mistaken about. The trouble with Gower's Standing Stones is that a lot of them are hidden away within field boundary hedgerows and some are on private property too. As soon as I finally get my money back from ebuyer and buy myself a laptop I will try and get my article on the stones and how to find them online again - though knowing ebuyer that may not be for some considerable time. Btw - i really like your new Gower site and am also shocked by the lack of internet sites on the area - The Gower Society site is a major disappointment and Enjoy Gower is, well the least said about that the better imho.

Siani said...

Really? Arthur's Stone isn't a standing stone? I had no idea - thanks for the heads-up, Chris. I was unaware of anything on Port Eynon cliffs, except an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar. The reason I have no pics of the Gower standing stones is simply because they're so inaccessible, especially as I don't drive, and could be stranded for ages waiting for buses. I have a book about the prehistoric sites of Gower and the old county of West Glamorgan, which includes locations, grid references, etc, for all the standing stones. Let me know if you need specifics for any of them.

I'm glad you like the new Gower site. I recently unearthed a CD with a lot of old images on it, which I'd more or less forgotten about. Also, a lot of my better images have tended to get swamped by other images and loads of text, in the long entries on this blog. So it's nice to give them a second, more prominent airing. And it's such a simple blog to maintain - I just upload the images to Photobucket, add the URL to Blogger images, type a few accompanying words, and that's it. Each entry takes a minute or two, no more.

The Pig's Lip said...

Hi Sian - already photographed all the stones - although some are on private land, the owners were pretty friendly when I asked them if I could photograph them. They can all be photographed in one day - though it does involve a good few hours on foot. Don't know why Gower seem to want to hide these monuments away like they do.

 
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