Friday, September 2, 2011

Carn Meini

One of the things I do each day is go though the news online on a particular feed, well yesterday it came up with the news that the archaeologists Wainwright and Darvill had found a neolithic tomb by the Carn Meini rock outcrop - the supposed site of the bluestones used for Stonehenge.  The tomb, with what looks like two upstanding stones is sited on top of an earlier henge, and the two archaeologists have put forward the theory that this may be the grave of the high ranking person who had the bluestones transported.  Well there are always theories, weird or otherwise that revolve round prehistoric tombs, stone circles etc, and as there is no proof one way or the other there is a 'state of unknowing' as to what has happened in prehistory.
Even Wainwright says in the Guardian article was a "jump" to claim the person buried there was an architect of Stonehenge. "It's a hypothesis but it could well be true. There is certainly something very significant about the grave."
There is a photo of the passage grave in the BBC news here, and perhaps one of my favourite links for the Preselis is the S.P.A.C.E. Landscape & Perception Project, which treats the subject in a more esoteric manner, and also has some good photos of the area.


  1. I thought of you when I read that on the BBC website ande was going to send the link, but I guessed you would have already seen it...

    Fascinating stuff. I spent a fair bit of time in the Preselis when I lived near there, but looking back I wish I could have devoted even more of my attention to the area.

    I wonder if any of these stories will mean that the area is more visited than it is currently?

  2. Fascinating post and news to me. In the Guardian article, one could claim an alignment with the two Cairns on the ridge . . .

  3. In answer to you Genius Loci, as to more people coming to the Preselis, looking at the two main prehistoric sites TMA and Megalithic Portal, the answer would be no, but when we were there last time, there was at least a dozen cars parked by the start of the walk towards Carn Meini...
    Jennie; Could be, its funny that the cromlech was buried though, perhaps there is lots of stuff out there!