Posted 03-04-2008 at 23:21
Very sad, indeed. I need to confirm this before we put it on the front page. In the meantime here are some links if you need a reminder of the work of Ron Curtis.
Briefly, Ron, like Alexander Thom, did a lot of accurate surveying work in the 1970s and 80s on the various stones of Callanish (sorry Calanais - yuk) and elsewhere. He developed a number of theories broadly in the same vein as Thom. He married Margaret Curtis (Margaret Ponting as was) and spent his later days hatching more theories and taking visitors around the local Lewis sites.
There is very little on the web about Ron as I think he and Margaret shunned such things so we need to go book hunting:
Posted 03-04-2008 at 23:44
Victor Rejis writes: "There is a wonderful museum on Calanais by Margeret and Ron Curtis, so go and visit it! It gives much more background on alignments than the Calanais Visitor Centre. (location: New Park, Callanish, Isle of Lewis, PA86 9DZ. I had some nice talks (in the Scottish rain about alignments and stones."
I (Andy B) met Ron Curtis once up there about seven years ago. When we turned up at their house down the road from Callanish he was engrossed in a strange practical experiment in the garden balancing bits of wood and buckets of water, something to do with how he thought the stones were built.
Neither he nor Margaret were very interested in hearing about the Megalithic Portal database, the new online culture or the large amount of Canmore data that I had smuggled into a large folder - they seemed very much in their own world.
They wanted to take us on a tour but sadly that was well outside our budget so we carried on under our own steam. They certainly made a lasting impression of a pioneering earlier stage of research without GPS receivers and all the other high tech we take for granted.
Ron will be remembered as one of the pioneers of our field.
[ This message was edited by: Andy B on 2008-04-04 00:08 ]