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| Rudston Monolith with Angie |
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|Description ||This is lil' ol' me standing by the Rudston monolith, at about 7.15pm on 13th May 2004. (I'm 5'4" to give you an idea of its awesome size.) The 'flower lady' at the church kindly took the photo for me (using my camera), and also told me that they usually keep an info leaflet about the stone in the church. She kindly offered to send me one, so I gave her the postage and left 50p for it. The church is lovely too, well worth a visit.|
|Good photo Angie, taken by the flower lady. Is a Monolith a 'standing stone' or 'menhir' as well?(I suppose I should read up on it and not ask stupid questions)
Interesting, the (possibly) metal cap on top. Its a big pagan stone and it sits in the middle of a Christian graveyard......Hmmmmm!|
|The site is known as "Rudston monolith" in all books on the subject. I looked up 'monolith' in my dictionary and it says: "a single block of stone, esp. shaped into a pillar or monument." In the same dictionary, 'menhir' means: "a tall upright usu. prehistoric monumental stone. [from Breton 'men' = 'stone' + 'hir' = 'long'.]
It's really worth a visit just to experience its awesome size. I gave the lady my camera with instructions of how I wanted it framed. I never did get that leaflet! - perhaps I should drop her a line?|
| I had to check this one out, thinking it was the same size as the Moroccan one, but am amazed at how *really* huge Rudston is! |
Saw an old pic of this one in a book recently, without its metal cap. The top was a very raggedy point, so I guess water seeping in those fissures may have caused it to break up if it had been left like that?
| It really is awesome, aint it Angie. Definately on my "one to visit" list|
| I was at Rudston a year after you, found it by accident. I was researching EElines and dowsed Rudston while I was there. Interestingly that was the only church without an energy line going through it although it passed close by and straddled the monolith|
| In a site page posting on 16.06.05 Andy B links to remarks made by the author of the village website that there may be dinosaur footprints on this stone. I wonder if those dents above me are what he was referring to? |
(I didn't dowse here btw. I didn't know it was such a complex site then, either.)
| Wow this is a great photo and I will visit Rudston soon and take a shot of my self next to the stone too it must be a very impressive feeling being so close to it. Imagine the effort required to place it there in 1600 BC (I may be wrong about this date please forgive me if I am). It must have been a huge dal back then to dedicate the man hours away from food production and other everyday tasks. |
| I visited Rudston some years ago. i'm fairly sure the metal cap is there because the stone is frequently struck by lightning. It protects the damaged top, and I think it was attached to a conductor at the time. I was intrigued to find an object that was so obviously pagan in a churchyard; I believe the church was built there to 'christianise' the site. I've since discovered that this practice is quite common. |
| Re: christianised sites - you really must check out the amazing photo of Knowlton by ArchaeologicalSafaris!|
| i was under the immpression that the cap is there to prevent water getting into the cracks(?) or ridges at the top then freezing expanding and splittting the stone :) no idea if this is true but seems logical |
| I thought that was logical too, rld. (See comment made in Jan 2007). Wouldn't someone make sure it was 'earthed' if the metal cap was a lightning conductor?|
| Great picture Angie :)|
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