Europe: Megalits / Rollright Stones

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The 17th and 18th century antiquarians who first investigated the British megaliths were obviously totally fried inspirational geniuses, but were also completely devoted to their cause and laid many of the foundations for modern archaeology. Theories for the Rollrights ranged from a victory memorial for Rollo the Dane (Camden’s “Britannia” 1586) to Druid temples (John Aubrey 1649) to having been built by Romans (Inigo Jones 1655). At the same time interest in stellar alignments was growing. It was suggested that the King Stone was aligned with the rising of the star Capella or the setting of Alpha Centauri, and various attempts were made to compare the architecture of the Rollrights with that of Stonehenge. All sorts of learned theories were proposed to support idiosyncratic ideas. Many of these “never provided more than tantalising scraps of evidence for the erection of imposing hypotheses…and all too often proved too top-heavy for their meagre foundations of fact.” However, the ancient builders of the Circle did create an sightline to the major rising of the midsummer moon - it was raining (again) on the last Solstice so we’ll just have to take Aubrey Burl’s word on this one.

 


 

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