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|Description ||At Shianbank in Perthshire, two equal-sized circles lie some distance apart, and the line through their centres points to where the midsummer sun sets. Their tangents intersect at 45° (or, nearer to 46°): does that imply an octagonal pattern, and did the larger circles as shown in her diagram in any sense exist? AM asks, ‘Would it be possible to examine the position of the unmarked outer rings with technologically advanced instruments, in order to search for possible wooden post holes … Neither Thom nor Burl had any idea of the size of the final geometry of these pairs.’ (p114) . Can traces be found to indicate that the two outer circles she has constructed, were an integral part of the design? She quotes Aubrey Burl, that ‘Paired rings such as these are not uncommon in central Scotland.’ The possible octagonal design here constructed have a wider interest, not least because of the presence of such at the core of the Stonehenge architecture, viz. its ‘station stone rectangle,’ linking the Aubrey circle of holes to that of the Sarsen ring of stones: did an octagon-design controll the size of its mighty ring of Sarsens?|
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