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The final part of the ASLaN conference held on the 17th June at Bodicote Park, Banbury in Oxfordshire
The Panellists were
Controversial subject matter includes Seahenge and
the state Stonehenge has been left in by countless excavations.
Listen 40 minutes
Sound and Production: Andy Burnham
More of the conference will hopefully be online soon. More about ASLaN. The conference was sponsored by:
An anthropologist friend of mine was one of the thousands at
the Open Event at Stonehenge this summer solstice.
Hear her Audio Diary (7mins)
Production: Andy Burnham
|Stones Mailing List members were very pleased to
have renowned author and researcher Paul Devereux give us a talk on February 5th 2000 at
the Rollright Stones.
Part 1 The Dragon Project (12mins)
|Part 2 Misunderstood Leys and the Ancient Mind 4mins
including details of Paul's new Encyclopedia of Earth Mysteries
|Circles of Stone - Max Milligan, Aubrey
||Hear the story behind the book.
My interview with Max Milligan, photographer with a painter's eye. (6'20'')
|The amazing photography of Max Milligan combined with Burl's expert text.|
Terence Meaden, author of fascinating books on Stonehenge and Avebury gave members of the Stones Mailing List a guided tour of Avebury on the 7th August 1999, just before the solar eclipse.
He showed us the faces he claims to have discovered on many of the Avebury stones - look at the pictures what you think.
Avebury Tour Part 2 (3'58")
More photos and audio tour instalments to follow soon, so bookmark this site and come back in a few weeks.
To hear about future events join the stones list or register for updates to this web site.
Photos by Frank Wayman, who's writtten some pages on our day at Avebury.
My Avebury Pages
Secrets of the Avebury stones: Britain's greatest Megalithic temple -Terence Meaden
Full review here
224pp, pbk, Souvenir Press,
|Stonehenge : The Secret of the Solstice - Terence Meaden
Paperback, 176 pages, Published by Souvenir Pr Ltd, Publication date: October 1, 1997, Dimensions (in inches): 9.95 x 7.29 x .56
On the 4th August 1999 Clive Ruggles took on Euan
MacKie on BBC Radio 4. They have conflicting views on Scottish archaeoastronomy, including
the alignments at Maes Howe.
Hear what happened
| Astronomy in
Prehistoric Britain and Ireland - Clive Ruggles
Hardcover - 288 pages, June 1999, Yale University Press
and Society in Prehistoric Britain -
Euan Wallace MacKie
Hardcover, Published by St Martins Pr June 1977
Learn about this fascinating stone circle near Oxford on an audio tour with George Lambrick, the archaeologist who excavated it.
Or hear some drumming inside the Rollright circle on Mayday's eve 1999 (1min30) Swirling stereo surround effect - try it with headphones. If your internet connection is not fast enough to play live you can download it for later (440kb)
Here's someone playing the flute inside the circle.
I think my favourite
example of Stonehenge in the media is in the classic heavy metal piss-take film Spinal
Tap, about an over the top (but completely believable) heavy rock band. In one
hilarious scene the band decide to sack their manager (to be replaced by one of their
girlfriends) following a misunderstanding over the size of a "giant" trilithon
arch to accompany their song Stonehenge. Here's a short extract from the
|Play Spinal Tap clip Audio clip contains strong language which may offend|
As parodied by the above, still my favourite band from the 70's, and going strong on their umpteenth lineup. Played at the Stonehenge hippy festival countless times before it was banned, to be replaced by the Midsummer "Ring of Steel". Their set from the 1984 festival was released as the live album This is Stonehenge - Do not Panic.
They have a track called Stonehenge Decoded which is a bit long
and noodly. Instead here's a sound clip of one of the best songs from that album - Psi
Play Hawkwind clip
by David Fisher (4 episodes), directed by Darrol Blake
A daft adventure involving standing stones that move and attack people (yes, really). Filmed at the Rollright Stones, the best bit by far is a rather good explanation of stone circles by the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) to the first Romana (Mary Tamm).
Play DrWho Clip
Here's the sensible description, Taken from http://www.dwguide.demon.co.uk/fourth.htm and http://www.avalon.net/~cope/drwho/season16.html with thanks.
The Doctor and Romana arrive at a circle of standing stones in the English countryside. They meet an elderly lady professor and her companion who are involved in a study of the stones. However when two campers and the local Druid priest are all killed by one of the stones, the Doctor suspects all is not as it seems, but can he warn Romana in time?
The stone circle on Earth contains the secret of the third segment of the Key, a secret that a millennia old criminal has learned to tap to maintain her freedom.
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