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the giants rock. zennor.

the giants rock. zennor. this massive natural rock feature that has been associated by william borlase (and others) with a destroyed chambered tomb of the same name. this logan rock (balancing stone) is approx. 5.5m by 2.0m and 1.0m thick. it is said that it still rocks but It seems to have moved sufficiently to prevent this now. there is a natural rock basin on its upper surface and a small cup-mark on the higher southern end that seems artificial and suggests the rock may have been part of a larger ceremonial complex that included the chambered tomb and standing stone in its immediate vicinity. it is set against zennor hill with it’s possible enclosure, propped stones and it’s own logan rock and can be seen here in the background

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the giants rock. zennor.

the giants rock. zennor. this massive natural rock feature that has been associated by william borlase (and others) with a destroyed chambered tomb of the same name. this logan rock (balancing stone) is approx. 5.5m by 2.0m and 1.0m thick. it is said that it still rocks but It seems to have moved sufficiently to prevent this now. there is a natural rock basin on its upper surface and a small cup-mark on the higher southern end that seems artificial and suggests the rock may have been part of a larger ceremonial complex that included the chambered tomb and standing stone in its immediate vicinity. it is set against zennor hill with it’s possible enclosure, propped stones and it’s own logan rock and can be seen here in the background

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stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin.

stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin. another extraordinary stone at this unique circlehenge on hawkstor moor bodmin. looking at its internal face with (i think) louden hill and brown willy on its horizon. does its top edge mirror these important prehistoric landscapes. the german word is more descriptive – landshaft – meaning land shape. the notches and creases of the beautifully shaped stone lining up here with the land-shape features both near and far ?-shape-henge-landscape

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stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin.

stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin. another extraordinary stone at this unique circlehenge on hawkstor moor bodmin. looking at its internal face with (i think) louden hill and brown willy on its horizon. does its top edge mirror these important prehistoric landscapes. the german word is more descriptive – landshaft – meaning land shape. the notches and creases of the beautifully shaped stone lining up here with the land-shape features both near and far ?-shape-henge-landscape

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bluestones: preseli – stonehenge

a team of scientists and researcher from ucl, university of manchester, bournemouth university, university of southampton, university of leicester, amgueddfa cymru – national museum wales, and dyfed archaeological trust. have excavatied two quarries in wales by a thought to be the

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bluestones: preseli – stonehenge

a team of scientists and researcher from ucl, university of manchester, bournemouth university, university of southampton, university of leicester, amgueddfa cymru – national museum wales, and dyfed archaeological trust. have excavatied two quarries in wales by a thought to be the

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boleigh standing stone.

boleigh standing stone. one of two ‘pipers’ that are part of the merry maiden stone circle ceremonial complex and are one of a set of outliers aligned to the circle. at 4.1 metres high it leans heavily to the northwest and like many similar stones has up to a third of it total length below ground making it around 6m in overall length. at around two tonnes in weight this fashioned menhir would have required a large well organised community to have erected it. sited close to two large granite grounders which seem to be significant in it positioning it forms with its taller companion part of a ceremonial route that might have connected the stone circle to the sea via lamorna valley and its water courses

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boleigh standing stone.

boleigh standing stone. one of two ‘pipers’ that are part of the merry maiden stone circle ceremonial complex and are one of a set of outliers aligned to the circle. at 4.1 metres high it leans heavily to the northwest and like many similar stones has up to a third of it total length below ground making it around 6m in overall length. at around two tonnes in weight this fashioned menhir would have required a large well organised community to have erected it. sited close to two large granite grounders which seem to be significant in it positioning it forms with its taller companion part of a ceremonial route that might have connected the stone circle to the sea via lamorna valley and its water courses

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cwrt-y-gollen standing stone.

cwrt-y-gollen standing stone otherwise known as the growing stone for it does appear to be thrusting out of the ground. this 4metre high red sandstone menhir sits close to an enormous oak with a prodigious girth. it certainly reinforces the reflection that this stone is alive and is indeed growing out from the earth. these standing stones were perhaps the antecedents of the upturned oak trees which feature in many of the timber monuments that were a part of a ceremonial life that preceded this period

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cwrt-y-gollen standing stone.

cwrt-y-gollen standing stone otherwise known as the growing stone for it does appear to be thrusting out of the ground. this 4metre high red sandstone menhir sits close to an enormous oak with a prodigious girth. it certainly reinforces the reflection that this stone is alive and is indeed growing out from the earth. these standing stones were perhaps the antecedents of the upturned oak trees which feature in many of the timber monuments that were a part of a ceremonial life that preceded this period

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castlerigg stone circle. cumbria.

castlerigg stone circle. cumbria. 10 stones make up the cove that attaches itself to the eastern edge of the circle. it measures 7.5m by 3.5m and probably was associated with burial ceremonies. there are two barrows now flattered within the

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castlerigg stone circle. cumbria.

castlerigg stone circle. cumbria. 10 stones make up the cove that attaches itself to the eastern edge of the circle. it measures 7.5m by 3.5m and probably was associated with burial ceremonies. there are two barrows now flattered within the

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din lligwy dolmen. neolithic burial chamber anglesey.

din_lligwy_dolmen. burial chamber anglesey. this neolithic burial camber take the form of a eight-stone circle capped by an enormous 25 tonne squared cover stone. the cap stone sits over a similar sized pit within the circle as if it were lifted out of the ground to float above and to form the chamber. The stone is extraordinary in its own right and its edges look as if worked by hand. but much of its surface is pitted with deep basins that hold rain water which may have been why it was chosen to cap this tomb. the chamber contained some 30 burials when excavated in the early twentieth century complete with neolithic pottery and artefacts. the finds also included those dated to the bronze age indicating it was in use for over a thousand years

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din lligwy dolmen. neolithic burial chamber anglesey.

din_lligwy_dolmen. burial chamber anglesey. this neolithic burial camber take the form of a eight-stone circle capped by an enormous 25 tonne squared cover stone. the cap stone sits over a similar sized pit within the circle as if it were lifted out of the ground to float above and to form the chamber. The stone is extraordinary in its own right and its edges look as if worked by hand. but much of its surface is pitted with deep basins that hold rain water which may have been why it was chosen to cap this tomb. the chamber contained some 30 burials when excavated in the early twentieth century complete with neolithic pottery and artefacts. the finds also included those dated to the bronze age indicating it was in use for over a thousand years

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carn brea holed_stone.

holed_stone. carn brea. these large holed stones have associated with ceremonial sites across europe where many have used to form threshold entrances to tombs and entrance graves. the closest one to this fine specimen is known as the men_an_tol and is now thought to be part of a stone circle although it has been found to be associated with a stone mound with might have been the remains of a cairn. the hole are naturally formed by a combination of acidic rain water and wind agitation. carn brea is the site of a neolithic tor enclosure and a later iron age roundhouse settlement. many hundreds of Flint arrow head have been found leading to speculation that it was a site of a major battle although a much more straightforward explanation might be that these sites were involved as centres of trade, seasonal gathering and feasting.
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carn brea holed_stone.

holed_stone. carn brea. these large holed stones have associated with ceremonial sites across europe where many have used to form threshold entrances to tombs and entrance graves. the closest one to this fine specimen is known as the men_an_tol and is now thought to be part of a stone circle although it has been found to be associated with a stone mound with might have been the remains of a cairn. the hole are naturally formed by a combination of acidic rain water and wind agitation. carn brea is the site of a neolithic tor enclosure and a later iron age roundhouse settlement. many hundreds of Flint arrow head have been found leading to speculation that it was a site of a major battle although a much more straightforward explanation might be that these sites were involved as centres of trade, seasonal gathering and feasting.
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megalithic saints

this curious tableau depicts the patron saint of paris, saint genevieve, with high crook in hand, in the midst of a megalithic enclosure acting as a sheepfold. represented here, is the iconographic theme of the ‘good shepherd’ protecting her flock – although showing one black sheep and one brown.

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megalithic saints

this curious tableau depicts the patron saint of paris, saint genevieve, with high crook in hand, in the midst of a megalithic enclosure acting as a sheepfold. represented here, is the iconographic theme of the ‘good shepherd’ protecting her flock – although showing one black sheep and one brown.

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merry men – newlyn’s dancing stones

newlyndancingstones view pdf conceived as a provocation, the merry men – newlyn’s dancing stones, is not a intended as a replica, but a translation of the merry maiden stone circle or ‘dans maen’, situated to newlyn’s west just above lamorna cove. each one

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merry men – newlyn’s dancing stones

newlyndancingstones view pdf conceived as a provocation, the merry men – newlyn’s dancing stones, is not a intended as a replica, but a translation of the merry maiden stone circle or ‘dans maen’, situated to newlyn’s west just above lamorna cove. each one

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west penwith: axe production and distribution as a guide to prehistoric connectivity

the distribution of lithic material and its suggested disposition of axe factories at this point creates a fascinatingly complex and gradually unfolding picture of prehistoric interaction. a series of stages of activity is suggested — stage 1 is difficult to

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west penwith: axe production and distribution as a guide to prehistoric connectivity

the distribution of lithic material and its suggested disposition of axe factories at this point creates a fascinatingly complex and gradually unfolding picture of prehistoric interaction. a series of stages of activity is suggested — stage 1 is difficult to

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trencrom tor enclosure

  trencrom. with evidence of it as a neolithic tor enclosure and a iron age hill fort, the long term occupation of trencrom hill underlines its importance in the cosmology of many generation of prehistoric peoples.  tor enclosures seem to have a

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trencrom tor enclosure

  trencrom. with evidence of it as a neolithic tor enclosure and a iron age hill fort, the long term occupation of trencrom hill underlines its importance in the cosmology of many generation of prehistoric peoples.  tor enclosures seem to have a

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stone axe menhir

it is suggested that the axe shaped centre longstone at boscawen-un stone circle probably predates the other stones that make up this elliptical stone circle. like an axe head struck into the ground, it is thought that it has always

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stone axe menhir

it is suggested that the axe shaped centre longstone at boscawen-un stone circle probably predates the other stones that make up this elliptical stone circle. like an axe head struck into the ground, it is thought that it has always

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