boscawen-un stone circle. 50.0898326, -5.6192923 monument to sun and moon. constructed image.
boscawen-un stone circle. 50.0898326, -5.6192923, consists of a central standing stone encircled by 19 other stones, (heights between 0.9m to 1.3m.) 18 m. e of grey granite, one of bright quartz. a flattened ellipse with axis of 24.9 m and 21.9 m.the position of the quartz stone (insert) in the southwest may indicate the likely direction of the sun as it moves south after samhain. at the northeastern edge of the stone circle are two stones in the ground once a possible burial cist. the large central stone is 2.7 m long, but due to its strong inclination to the north-east, the tip is only 2m above the ground. significantly it has two feet or axe petroglyphs, carved in positive relief side-by-side near the base on its eastern side. these engravings are unusual in the united kingdom, although they can also be observed on some of the stones at stonehenge. the rock art is only fully illuminated around the summer solstice sunrise, although there is partial illumination around the summer sunset. the circle has been aligned with the rising winter solstice sun from the lamorna gap. a large gap in the west may be the site of an entrance. it is believed that the quartz stone was placed w-sw of the ring in honour of the rising may day sun. the leaning stone aligns exactly with the centre stone of men-an-tol, originally positioned like this suggesting a deliberate alignment of the two sites. it is angled at approx 53½ degrees towards the midsummer sunrise in the ne. the number nineteen may also be significant as both the nearby merry maidens and tregeseal east stone circles also comprise nineteen stones. this could relate to the 18.61 (19) year lunar cycle between major standstills. the longer axis is also aligned with the northern minor lunar standstill.the geometry of the circle is categorised as a flattened ellipse and the inserted drawing is based on a survey by alexander thom. ..#archeology #neolithic #stonecircle #boscawen-un #quartz #quartzstone #petrogliphs #axeheads #rockart #cist #rectaliiearfeature #flattenedellipse#alexanderthom #lunarcycle #alignments #megalith #monument #ancientwisdom.