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« on: February 17, 2013, 02:09:12 AM »

We spent Saturday afternoon at Trellech Standing Stones today, for my daughter's school project.

These three stones are 'thought to be aligned.....'


I checked with Suncalc, and they seem pretty much perfectly aligned with sunrise on the summer solstice (http://www.suncalc.net/#/51.7427,-2.7267,20/2013.06.21/01:24 - you'll need to click on 'satellite' in the top right hand corner to see the aerial view)

And also aligned with sunset on the winter solstice - http://www.suncalc.net/#/51.7428,-2.7265,20/2013.12.21/01:24

The largest stone is tilted over, so obviously only the base is aligned these days.

I'm also interested in the height differences of the stones. The three stones are progressively taller and progressively wider. It appears that the tops would all line up if viewed from the right location (obviously impossible now the largest has tipped over), and they would silhouette each other almost perfectly  (see 1st picture) (which points to a sunset alignment, rather than a sunrise alignment).

This isn't mumbo jumbo - the solstices would have been  important dates in prehistoric calendars, especially with the advent of farming.




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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2013, 09:34:34 AM »

It quite sobering to think of the effort the people went to, to express their religious or other beliefs,  we went to see the miles of standing stones at Carnac in Brittany a few years ago, quite takes your breath away.

Or is it Paleolithic pikey flytippers??  stir
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2013, 09:52:10 AM »

"the effort the people went to, to express their religious or other beliefs" - can't agree more, perhaps it's about time we revived some of them - I rather fancy bringing back the Aztec's human sacrifices to placate the angry gods that were stuffing their environment, we can start with the bonebrained frackwit Owen Paterson, then work our way through the rest of government until the environment recovers............. whistlie
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013, 10:21:57 AM »

Ireland is littered with standing stones,
                              The early christians adopted this habit and inscribed them with religious celtic designs,,(no,,not tigers),However if the three stones were from the christian era,then the one in the middle would have been bigger,perhaps the end one might have broken off a tad.
   Pre christian sites such as Newgrange and Tara are indeed clever and very well thought out.
  When that englishman called St Patrick came to Ireland,christianity was already here but Partick did not like their brand of teaching or the way they did business,so he toured about,preaching and trying to restore some kind of decency.I grew up in a town which he visited on a Sunday and as a boy played around 3 massive stones which are supposed to celebrate his visit.
  The area was littered with pre-christian tombs and sheila-na-gigs, and maystones.So Patrick would have had his hands full slapping a bit of sense into our lot and even to this day the people are aware of the position of the maystone and the calendar pertaining to it.Sadly our sheila-na-gigs were all taken down and collected by "Duchas" which was a goverment body at the time,responsible for public monuments,etc.
  One thing is very clear,The early folks,were true sun worshippers.They built massive forts like Grainan Aileach some 5,000 years ago,They obviously liked the view genuflect but apart from that,we know little or nothing about them.They would have loved our solar panels, fingers crossed!
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013, 10:26:04 AM »

Oh No!! Martin,
                 I must insist you start with our Dail and all the TDs who hang out there,especially the flat cap breed and the bankers lovers,,Just to get the hang of things.
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2013, 11:45:15 AM »

Talking of Carnac, there were so many standing stones that when they wanted to widen the road a good few years back they simply hoinked out a couple of stones. Can't imagine that happening now.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2013, 07:06:51 PM »

Standing stones? - no they were thrown there from the top of the "beacons" above Trellech in a contest between Jack-o-kent (a giant) and the devil.
Jack-o-kent just won with his last throw.
Did you also visit the Trellech treacle mines? well worth a look.

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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2013, 08:36:40 PM »

We had similar stories here,
                     The giants causway was the result of a stone throwing contest between a Scottish giant and our lad Finn mc chuaill,, or dj Cool Finn.
       Those two were always having a go and one day Finn said too much so the Scottish giant decided to wade over and slap a bit of manners into him,, Finn got into a panic and asked the wife what to do,,So the wife went outside and whipped the wheels of a cart,carried the body inside and told Fin to hop into it.Then she stuck a giant dummy in his mouth and put a blanket over him,tucking him up like a baby in the cart body beside the fire,just then a knock came to the door and it was the Scottish giant looking for Finn Mc Cool,,So the wife asked him inside to wait till Finn came back from battle,,pointing him up to the fire next to Finn lying gurgling in the new cradle,, So the Scottish giant looked at Finn and asked how old the baby was,,while Finns wife got a bottle ready for him, murmering that he was just a baby of 6 months,,So the scottish Giant leaped to his feet,out the door down the causway and waded back to scotland and safety thinking that if that was a baby of 6 months what kind of a monster was daddy Finn.
       There is a possability that this story is not true but if we had had Finns wifey about the place when the bank guarantees were being handed out we would not be in the mess we are in at the moment.
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