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|Description ||This view of Maen Mawr looks north towards the even-shaped flat-topped mountain that blocks the north aspect of this lovely symmetrical valley. The larger Fan Brycheiniog mountain is out of sight to the NW of this view. Behind me is Cerrig Duon circle, overlooking the alternate E/W folds either side of the southern slopes of the valley from the semi-circular south end of this platform.|
|I like this picture very much Angie, given the light and tones, it's not a picture I would have relished taking and is one of those that on getting it home would have pleased me very much. Congratulations. |
|Thanks Keith, this was my favourite of the set and your comments are much appreciated.|
|This is lovely, a really nice golden light caught in the grass, the rushes and the lichen on the stone. |
| Thingy and Cerrig: this photo shows how symmetrical the northern view is, too, and I especially like the way the long flat summit of that hill at the top of the valley frames the 'trough' of the site - (for want of a better word). I wonder if any celestial bodies were observed resting/moving along its surface from the foresight of Maen Mawr?? I have a feeling Thingy will come up with an answer to this, and 'alignment observer extraordinaire', Cerrig, will, too...!!|
| Thanks for this Angie. I haven't 'published' the alignments observed to the north of this site because I realised my observations were incomplete and another visit here is required (perhaps I'll squeeze it in during the Festival of Archaeology this summer). Cerrig's ideas on shadows which led to new thoughts on celestial alignments means I'll have to look again at all the data, and get better pictures to demonstrate any alignments found. I've had a quick look at your dowsing plans (these will need a longer, more careful study) and they seem to show interesting activity aligned N-S. I believe this site was carefully chosen by the builders. Anyone who has visited here will note how the site sits almost perfectly in the centre of the valley on a flattened plateau looking as if the plateau and surrounding hills were shaped naturally to indicate a special place.|
| You have picked up on another oddity regarding Cerrig Duon here Angie. The hill is like a lot of Brecon hills, a quite gentle rounded shape,especially when viewed from the East or West. with a relatively flattish top. Not at all craggy like Snowden or Scotland. This means that from these peaks adjoining valleys can be hidden from view,and this is exactly the case here. To see Cerrig Duon from the top of "Moel Feity" you have to walk towards the circle, away from the very top. Cerrig Duon cannot be seen from the peaks of any of the local hills. You have to go to the South to find one that has a view of it. The only Breconshire circle not to have sight of Fan Brycheiniog. It really is an enigma .|
The valley when viewed from this direction has always struck me as having a definite female aspect, with Moel Feity looking like a pregnant belly, and Maen Mawr just accentuates it.
| This one's come up on random image, and reading Cerrig's last notes made me take a second look. It's possible that hill was viewed as a female deity, and I remember Sem saying he thought the pattern on this side of the stone was a bit phallic. (Hope that was right Sem!) Maybe the reason the circle was placed south of it, to observe those features while enacting any rituals inside it?|
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