Dec. 14th, 2000
All three camera are now running.
Dec. 10th, 2000
E-mail and news message (the
press release) is send to some 5000+ people.
Dec. 9th, 2000
Article in Herald by Graeme Smith
Dec. 1st, 2000
Permission from Historic
Scotland to have the web cam at Maeshowe for the 2000/2001 period.
Nov. 30th, 2000
The first pictures have been send out of Cam1 and Cam3.
Nov. 15th, 2000
Radio Orkney has done a
presentation on the Maeshowe 2000/2001 project. The first publication
on the this years continuation of the project.
Nov. 12th, 2000
Received sponsorship of Orknet
concerning a web server for the web cam pictures.
Aug. 9th, 2000
hardware and OTB
provides one video camera for the 2000/2001 project.
Aug. 9, 2000
A draft project plan has been made
for 2000/2001 period.
Feb. 6, 2000
The broadcasting from Maeshowe has been stopped. The results
of this years project are available on the web.
Feb 1, 2000
Almost the reappearing sun behind Kame of Hoy has been
seen, but clouds came in at the last minute:-(
Jan. 27, 2000
A VRML/3D world of Maeshowe chamber has been
made in which the reappearing sun light of Jan. 12th, 2000 can
Jan. 26th, 2000
Decided to continue the broadcasting until Feb. 13th, 2000
to have an opportunity to catch the reappearing sun with Cam3 from behind
the Kame of Hoy around on of Jan. 31st 2000.
Jan. 18th, 2000
A video of the reappearing sun light in Maeshowe on Jan. 12th
,2000 is on
Jan. 12th, 2000
Reappearance of the sun light happened in the Maeshowe chamber today!!!I
have made an animated picture of this
.It could have been today the second day of reappearance (due to the long
sun light at the reappearance [4 min]), yesterday was perhaps not visible
due to clouds.
Jan. 1, 2000
We wish you a happy 2000!!! The
computer and video recorder within Maeshowe has no y2k bug.
Dec. 24, 1999
Victor Reijs went back to Ireland. The Internet broadcast will run
unattended until the end of January. Hopefully there will be better weather!
A video recorder will tape the sunset on a few days (25/12/99, 26/12/99,2/1/00,
9/1/00, 10/1/00, 11/1/00 and 12/1/00).
Dec. 22, 1999
Shortest day (15 sec. shorter than Dec. 21, 1999). No sun at sunset,
so the sunset of yesterday has been broadcasted. Furthermore a married
couple (just 3 hours married) renewed their vows
in Maeshowe, which was broadcasted on the Internet.
Dec. 21, 1999
Not yet the shortest day, but the sun
came in Maeshowe!!! Great to experience this after many days of rain
and snow. I have a video that shows the reappearing
sun from some 300 m west of the Watch Stone. So that also worked out;-),
just before my return from Orkney to Ireland!
Dec. 15, 1999
Third camera (Cam3) is working
Dec. 14, 1999
Web site of
Newgrange (provided by Duchas, Heritage Ireland and run by RTE) is
up and running.
Dec. 12, 1999
Sponsorship received from V.J.T.M. Reijs for travel insurance. The
second camera (Cam2) is working.
Dec. 9, 1999
ISDN connectivity back to normal.
Dec. 7, 1999
Lighting has struck the ISDN exchange of British Telecom on the night
of 6/12/99, so no ISDN connectivity until...
Dec. 2, 1999
No reappearing sun seen (due to clouds)
Dec. 1, 1999
The camera has been put on the Victorian ledge (Cam1
)and is functioning. No reappearing sun seen (due to clouds)
Nov. 26, 1999
The computer has been installed and is sending pictures on the Internet
(this all without attendance). One camera was provisionally positioned
in the right recess looking to the back wall.
Nov 1, 1999
A CD-ROM can be bought on the unique phenomenon
of the reappearing light in Maeshowe.
Sept. 28, 1999
Tourist Board and Orkney
Enterprise are lending two camera's for the project.
Sept 26, 1999
Some 18 pictures of the horizon view towards
Ward Hill and Cuilags have been put on the web. The pictures were taken
from 18 different neolithic buildings around Maeshowe.
Sept 10, 1999
HEAnet Ltd will
provide a PC for the video grabbing inside Maeshowe.
Sept 7, 1999
SURFnet bv will
sponsor the project with testing facilities for the Quick Time Streaming
July 15, 1999
of the sunset on December 1st, 1999 has been produced and put on the
web. A tape can be bought.
Jan 31st, 1999
The broadcasting of the still pictures has been stopped according to
Jan. 22nd, 1999
Donation received from Atlantis
Jan 11th, 1999
Reappearing of the sun has again happened! Still pictures can be seen
Dec. 21th, 1998
Video clips of the reappearing sun have been
Dec. 20th, 1998
A table with the information on the sun
shining inside Maeshowe has been updated.
article has been published in Sunday Times (it contains a nice picture
of the sun setting inside Maeshowe). The biggest error they made was providing
the wrong URL!!! It is great that Julie Gibson and Euan MacKie are also
Dec. 11th, 1998
The interview has been broadcasted over Radio Orkney.
Dec. 10th, 1998
Received sponsorship from Erlend Tait for the transportation (part
of rental car). Interviews were given to Radio Orkney (Dec. 11th, 1998),
BBC Radio Scotland (???) and Sunday Times (Dec. 20th, 1998). Furthermore,
initial talks with Orkney Tourist Board on a possible millennium project.
An article was published in The Orcadian. Two major errors in
this article are a) it is taking about a 'small aperture above the entrance'
which is not true for present day Maeshowe and b) it states that the broadcasts
will be until Dec. 22, which is wrong, it should say Jan. 31, 1999.
Victor Reijs has gone back to The Netherlands. He is really satisfied
with the results!!! The reappearing of the sun at Maeshowe, as predicted,
has been witnessed and video taped (the same phenomena will not only take
place at Maeshowe, but also at more places around Maeshowe), talks with
Orkney Tourist Board on next years activities and again a very good cooperation
with lots of people on Orkney. Could not been better!
Systems are working automatically, so broadcasts will continue until
Jan. 31st, 1999.
Dec. 8th, 1998
All systems will now run automatically.
Dec. 7th, 1998
The broadcasts from today are with still pictures every 60 sec.
Dec. 3rd, 1998
10 minutes sun inside the chamber (from around 14:45 GMT). Information
was given for an article in the Scotsman (possibly Dec. 17th, 1998).
Dec. 1st, 1998
Building up of all the equipment at Maeshowe and Tormiston Mill.
The reappearing of the sun has been witnessed and video taped for the
first time in the world! This proves the prediction
of Victor Reijs.
This has been broadcasted using streaming video (this will continue
until Dec. 6th, 1998).
An article has been placed in Planet
Nov. 30th, 1998
Sponsoring gotten from V.J.T.M. Reijs. Will be used for travel insurance!
Sponsoring gotten from Orkney Tourist Board (keyboard, mouse and PC screen).
Nov. 28th, 1998
Sun the whole time.
Nov. 27th, 1998
Press release send to list of some 1000 people on the Internet. This
posting announces the broadcasting.
Nov. 17th, 1998
Ltd sponsors a PC for the project. It will be used in the first week
of December for the live video inside Maeshowe and afterwards it will
be inside Tormiston Mill.
Nov. 4th, 1998
The ISDN link is present at Maeshowe, so from this date it is: "The
oldest building connected to the worldwide ISDN network"!
Oct. 27th, 1998
Scotland has approved the ISDN connection within Maeshowe (they are
paying for the costs, GREAT!). Maeshowe will now be "The oldest building
connected to the worldwide ISDN network"!
Oct. 5rd, 1998
Publication of the article in 3rd
Oct. 3rd, 1998
Posting send to list of some 1000 people on the Internet. This posting
announces the broadcasting tests.
Oct. 2nd, 1998
SURFnet bv is
supporting the project with Mbone connectivity and some software/hardware
for broadcasting test (part of SURFnet4).
Sept. 29th, 1998
The ISDN connection at Maeshowe has been ordered from BT. Maeshowe
will be become "The oldest building connected to the worldwide ISDN network"
Sept. 18th, 1998
Sponsorship by UU-Physics
,The Netherlands. They provide for the tests in 1998 a wireless
LAN connection between Maeshowe and Tormiston Mill.
August 10th, 1998
Official permission from Historic Scotland to continue the project
in 1998/1999. A project plan has been made.
Sponsors are needed!!!
August 5th, 1998
A video has been made of 'A
day around Maeshowe, Orkney'. This is for a millennium exhibition
in Moscow, partly organized by Mr. Prakasa.
April 2, 1998
The results of the Maeshowe project 1997/1998
have been finalized and available on Internet.
March 16, 1998
3D model of the environment around Stenness
and Hoy is available, so that one can walk or fly over Maeshowe, Bookan,
January 11, 1998
and video records of the Maeshowe project (sunset and interviews)
December 26, 1997
Animated pictures of the sunset are now available. There are pictures
of the sun passing through the passage way (Dec. 15th ,
1997, the animation stops at the moment the sun light would strike the
back wall). And there are pictures
of the sun striking the back wall (Dec. 21st, 1997).
December 23, 1997
pictures have been made of Orkney, the Maeshowe chamber and the surroundings
The project of this year has come to an end. Although, a video recorder
plus camera has been left in Maeshowe to record sunsets until end of January.
Furthermore: Thank you to all
the people that helped creating this project!!!
December 22, 1997
This seemed to be a really good day! But just at the moment the sun
would touch the back wall, the sun was behind the clouds. A real pity for
my last day at Orkney:-(. A television set, provided by Orkney Television
Enterprise , was put out at Maeshowe to show the people (that were
not able to get in the monument) the sunset.
December 21, 1997. The shortest day!!!
The sun came in around 14:40 for some 10 minutes
.But due to a technical problem (and we now hope to have solved
it), we did not get that much on the Internet. We have it on tape though.
A television set, provided by Orkney Television Enterprise, was
put out at Maeshowe to show the people (that were not able to get in the
monument) the sunset.
December 19, 1997
Another radio program on Radio Scotland (lasting about 15 min).
December 17, 1997
Daily Express article on Maeshowe.
December 16, 1997
Television interview broadcasted by BCC Scotland Reporting around
Orkney Television Enterprise will provide a television set for
displaying the sunset outside Maeshowe on Dec. 20th and 21th, 1997.
December 15, 1997
Interview by BCC Scotland and Grampian television and
The sun came in two times: around 14:30
BST (for a few seconds) and 14:45 GMT (for some 3 minutes), so only a few
pictures were really showing the sun on the net. We really need less clouds;-)
December 14, 1997
The sun popped in some times, so sometimes there was only one picture
with the sun and then another black one. The
weather at Orkney Mainland is really unpredictable.
December 13, 1997
The sun popped in for about 5 min between 14:40 and 14:45 GMT. So these
were the first rays of sun broadcasted over the Internet from Maeshowe!
December 12, 1997
No sun appeared from behind the clouds. Sorry about that that! Broadcast
started around 14:15 until 15:19 GMT
December 11, 1997
Radio broadcast of interview by BBC
Radio broadcast of interview by Radio
No sun appeared from behind the clouds. Sorry about that that! Broadcast
started around 14:50 until 15:30 GMT. At that moment all systems and servers
were running full speed.
December 10, 1997
No sun appeared from behind the clouds. Sorry about that that! No broadcast
taking place due to installation activities.
December 7, 1997
Press coverage by Sunday Post. I (Victor Reijs) have been called a
Professor of Archaeology, which I am not. Sorry about that;-)
November 20, 1997
Official reaction of Travel
agency Nijenhuis to sponsor the megalithic cam page by means of the
travel insurance for the equipment.
September 5, 1997
Official reaction of Electric
Engineering to sponsor the megalithic cam page by means of cables.
August 29, 1997
Official reaction of Multicap
to sponsor the megalithic cam page by means of radio modems.
July 29, 1997
Official approval from Historic Scotland to go ahead with the megalithic
May 16, 1997
A demonstration given at Historic Scotland, Edinburgh.
April 21, 1997
A letter has been received from Historic Scotland. A meeting with Historic
Scotland will take place on May 8, 1997 at Maeshowe, to discuss the megalithic
March 2, 1997
Test broadcast at 22:00 Dutch time (21:00 UK time). It shows sunrise
at Newgrange and sunset at Dowth on Dec. 22, 1996.
Feb. 10, 1997
Letter sent towards Historic Scotland to get permission to place a
camera at Maeshowe.
Jan. 27, 1997
Partnership made with Charles Tait in trying to set up a Megalithic
cam-page at Maeshowe.
Jan. 27, 1997
Mail from Paul Kelly, that the custodian of Newgrange is willing to
think over to have a Web Camera at Newgrange in 1999.
Jan. 20, 1997
The first draft pages by Victor Reijs,
to show how a Megalithic cam-page would look like for Maeshowe, Orkney,
Dec. 5, 1996
A mail by Nancy & Lowell
McFarland proposed a web camera at Newgrange, Ireland.
Thanks to the following people for helping this project upto 2001:
Patrick Ashmore, Wim Biemolt, John Boland, Gareth Crichton, Alligator
Descartes, Herman van Dompseler, Sheila Faichney, Ross Finlayson, Sally
Foster, David Griffith, Derry Gilmour, Joke Jansman, Alan Jones, Maureen
Kinsey, Cees de Laat, Lesley Marrimen, Moira Moncrieff, Charles Tait, Erlend
Tait, Magnus Tait, Sandra Tait, Colin Reid, Victor Reijs, Victor Reijs(senior),
Adriane Stanger, Raymond Stanger, Egon Verharen and Andrew Wilson.
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