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|Description ||Original Appearance - here's a little something I knocked out for some students. I present it here so that if there's any errors in it I can be soundly clouted by a proper peer-review!|
| Purely from a visual point of view I think this looks really great Neil - lucky students! :)|
| Thanks, Mike!|
Yes, the Students are crafty, clever, and task me to the end of the Earth. One made the grave error of asking me what all the fuss was about re: this "big old pile of rocks out in the middle of nowhere?"
To their credit, I haven't lost a single one to boredom.
| Wonderful how much information you have packed into this. Can you please clarify one thing, as it upsets one of the few things I thought I understood about Stonehenge & glaciation!|
In the bottom left corner, you mention that "Deeply gouged Ice Age striations in the chalk under-bed coincidentally align with the Summer Solstice sunrise."
When I read several articles etc recently on the subject of the Bluestones, the strong arguments in favour of human involvement in transporting the stones from Wales to Salisbury Plain included the claim that the ice had not reached the Plain. Even if it had done, the direction of ice flow from Wales would not have aligned with the Summer Solstice sunrise?
I assume you are referring to an earlier Ice Age having caused the striations - which period would this have been please?
Sorry to pick up on a potentially peripheral issue, but this was the only bit I couldn't follow!
| PAB - I posted a rather lengthy reply to the question in your MP Mailbox.|
(I tend to get wordy - it's a character flaw - I know this!)
| Hiya Peter! Thanks for the PM reply!|
I would Love to see some shots of those South Wales Brecon Beacon scours!
I have a feeling that these were formed by the much-touted Irish Sea Glaciation - which, btw, never reached as far as Stonehenge.
In other news ... one of the predominant 'nails-in-the-coffin' for the theory that Bluestones were carried down by Glaciers, is that there are none laying about the entire Wiltshire landscape at all. No broken pieces, no moraines choked with them, et.al. I have a sense that though it was worth looking into when first mentioned, the Ice Age angle may be just another case of Modern Man being unable to ascribe an Ingenuity Factor to our unlettered, non-wheeled ancestors.
They were, in fact, pretty bright.
| Thanks Feanor for the reply via PM - and for clarification that the glacial marks you referred to would have been from a much earlier ice episode than the one I was thinking about (namely the last one which has been discussed in connection with ice (& ? stone) flows from Wales...|
I will dig out some photos of the marks etc I referred to from the Beacons and post them somewhere on the Portal and let you know.
| WoW! 500 hits since 14 August 2011. (Who Knew?)|
For those of you who may be reviewing this diagram for the first (or 5th) time, be aware that some of this information has been revised since last year.
Though Barrow Stone 92 does align with the most northerly Lunar Standstill every 18.6 years, (as seen from Stone 93), the other Station Stones - including 93 - align with Solar events, e.g. Solstice Noons and Sunsets.
These alignments are only viewed from each of the various 4 Stones - not the center of the Circle!
Details upon request.
The other notices remain accurate and factual, though their here-unvoiced interpretations have morphed significantly.
We learn as we study it seems.
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