Please read the following things to consider when visiting ancient sites.
Some of the ancient sites
featured on these pages are in excess of 5000 years old, their survival
into the 21st century is remarkable considering modern intensive farming
methods, a former lack of understanding of the importance of our heritage
and the sometimes deliberate destruction by early religious groups.
While this website seeks to inform, educate and bring attention to these
sites I, like others, recognise we owe a duty of care to the sites we
feature. To this end a charter was drawn up and agreed to by many webmasters
outlining some basic considerations to be observed when visiting ancient
monuments, the charter is maintained by Andy Burnham and any updates
can be found on his website at The
The Charter of Responsible Megalithic Webmasters
We, as webmasters of sites dealing with megalithic remains in the British Isles and northern Europe, would be saddened if the coverage given to megaliths on our pages led to their alteration, damage or destruction. We therefore suggest to the readers of our pages the following guidelines, to be observed when visiting any of these monuments.
Get permission to visit monuments on private land. Permission is usually granted if asked for, but repeated trespass could lead to access being denied to all of us, and prosecution of the trespasser. Remember, the right to roam extends only to roaming so you need additional permission to leave stuff, which in most cases wont be granted. Dont bother asking English Heritage, for example, as theyve already said no.
Treat the countryside around the monument with care. Irresponsible behaviour on either public or private land could lead to access restrictions, or complete denial of access to the monument such as is the case at Stonehenge most of the time.
No valuable objects are likely to exist at, in or under the monuments. Do not dig or disturb the site in any way.
Any discovery made at a monument should be reported to the local museum. Every clue that aids in the understanding of these places can then be shared by all who wish to know.
Use the monument
in whatever way you choose, for
Much damage is done accidentally by people who mean no harm. Think twice, and don't do anything which would cause degradation to the monument such as climbing on it or lighting fires nearby.
Through adherence to these simple guidelines we hope that the stones which have survived the countless centuries to remain to us now, will not fall victim to the generations of the 21st century. We who are the most knowledgable and capable of people are thereby mandated to be the most responsible.
Signed - Chris Collyer (webmaster - stone-circles.org.uk)
is current as of 26th August 2003, any updates will be shown on Andy's
Please also please bear in mind the Country Code when visiting sites -
This code is currently being updated, the latest version is at the Countryside Agency website.