Using the website
The main sections of the site are accessed from the Home page. These main sections may have sub-pages which are accessed by using the relevant links which appear in the menu bar on the right hand side of the page. If there are no menu bar or links here then it simply means there are no sub-pages to be accessed. The blue menu bar is common to the top of every page and gives a quick link to the Home page.
If you have any problems, comments or suggestions about this website I would be very grateful if you could pass these on to me. I intend to keep this site as user friendly and up to date as possible and your input is important.
A Potted History of Gefrin.com
Gefrin.com has been up and running since 1995 and was originally five pages hosted on Demon Internet. The site has been through several changes of style and the content has expanded considerably. The site is designed and maintained using Adobe Dreamweaver and an open source web development tool called Kompozer. I avoid spinning flashy things on screen which possibly look cool initially but eventually become distractions.
The purpose of this site is to give an introduction to some of the archaeology of the northern Cheviots and the Northumberland National Park area. I hope to give some meaning and perspective to the lumps and bumps in the ground and to the more spectacular evidence of the past so easily accessed in the area. I want you to make the effort to get out and see for yourself how close we are to our landscape. How we all connect to it.
I originally became interested in this subject totally by accident. Holidaying in Wooler many years ago I spotted people up on top of a hill and thought it would be a good idea to climb to the top. Like Everest, my only real reason to do this was 'because it was there'. The hill was Humbleton Hill and has, since, become one of my favourite places. I took the obvious path up the eastern side and arrived at to summit more than a little out of breath. The Humbleton pages on this site suggest a different ascent as I now know better. When I finally got my heart rate back to something near normal I was astonished by the remains of mysterious stone walls on top of the hill. I simply had to find out more and when initially looking for information I was surprised at how hard it was to find. Some of the information was hidden on diverse sites, some sites were full of archaeological jargon and some of the information I soon found to be simply incorrect (the Lanton monument and the 'Old Palace' at Yeavering are always favourites here). The idea for this site was born then.
I have tried to make the site visually interesting as possible. Keeping the site as jargon free as I could without skimping on the detail was also one of my aims. I have avoided the 'writing for broadband' approach to site design and have optimised the site to load as quickly as possible on the slower internet connections.
I have also avoided including striped measuring sticks in my photographs wherever possible. If you miss them I have included one illustration on this page for you. This is the quarter section on the 'Arthur' stone at Duddo. I understand the reason for showing scale in photographs but the images on this site are pictures rather than academic illustrations. Usually you can guess the scale of things without resorting to the micrometer. If you need more detail then ask me.
The Gefrin Trust
In 2000 archaeologist Roger Miket acquired a 'funny bit of land at Yeavering with a bit of a history'. This was the Ad Gefrin site. The Gefrin Trust was formed and Roger and I met for the first time. I became volunteer Web and Media developer for the Gefrin Trust. I have developed and maintain the Trust website.
Rather than re-invent the wheel, however, we decided that Gefrin.com would become the information source for the Trust. This would allow the Trust website to concentrate on reporting news, comments and decisions relevant to the Trust. My site would continue to cover the history, location and access to Ad Gefrin and Yeavering.
This revision of Gefrin.com
The redesign of the site following my association with the Gefrin Trust has been a major overhaul. The site is now mainly css driven though, as it is my own site for a change, I have slotted a couple of tables in for good measure!
I am slowly getting through the images and replacing them with clearer, more current versions. The main site gallery is on line now and I am adding specific galleries to sections of the site. The older site design meant using smaller images and I think a re-shoot is a great excuse to get out into the hills with a camera.
The panoramas have been taken down for a similar reason. I will be adding newer, bigger and better panoramas soon.