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|Description ||White Ridge.
A double row @ SX 6541 8165 167m lg descending the hill from a ruined 8m dia
cairn. 41 stones still show. The cairn is on the skyline when viewed from the
bottom of the row. The end of the row has no obvious termination. The
elevation of the cairn from the bottom of the row is 3 degrees. The true
azimuth of the row is 7 degrees giving a declination of 42. A trawl through
astronomical objects around Bronze Age times suggests that the star Arcturus
would graze the cairn twice a year around 1850BC when viewed from the bottom
of the row. This is not proof of any thing of course but it is interesting.
There are other N/S rows on Dartmoor that seem to be aligned in a similar
manner on this star. Arcturus is the second brightest star in the Northen
skies after Sirius. It never set here at that time it was circumpolar. The
fact that the cairn horizon is 162m away means that the star would not seem
to extinguish as it neared the horizon as it would if the horizon was
distant. - Interesting!
The pic shows the view looking N to the cairn from the bottom of the row.|
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