Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On Stones

News out today that 11 'bluestones' at Stonehenge have been pinpointed to a particular spot or outcrop of rock called Carn Goedog on the Preseli hills, probably of no interest to anyone, but one of my favourite spots on this earth... it is a bit like a nail in the coffin of all those who argued that the bluestones got to Salisbury Plain by glacial movement which I have never believed.  A moment of homesickness for a fabulous place and one of the main prehistoric settlements in this country....










Landscape and Perception

8 comments:

  1. Interesting Thelma. Every extra piece of information we get on places like this helps to fill in the jig saw puzzles of history.

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    1. Yes though I am not sure this nails the coffin of how the bluestones got to Stonehenge, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.

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  2. I've seen Stonehenge many times and visited it as child when we were allowed to go right up to the stones. It never fails to fill me with awe everytime I see it. I wish it was closer, I would love to see it in different lights and at all times of the year.
    I'd also love to visit the Preseli hills, too and see more of the Stonehenge story.

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    1. I love the Preseli landscape, very bleak in winter though, you need to go round the area on horse back though it stretches for miles in all directions. Put a link up on a project that has been going for some years now on 'perception' of the landscape.

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  3. I've passed it SO many times on the A303 but never got close either. Magical place - even at a distance!

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    1. We are going on the 18th December LS's birthday treat to the opening of the new visitor centre, when you will be able to walk down to Stonehenge....

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  4. Fascinating link. My brain needed some extra programming - when you are not regularly reading academic papers, your parameters shrink! I never held with the glacial eratics theory. It will be interesting to see what discoveries they make and conclusions they reach. Just done a little primary research and fascinatingly, the Preseli village of Maenclochog translates as - Ringing Stones!!!

    I have to agree that the Presili Mountain area has a wonderful ambience. It never fails to give me a thrill when we are on the A48 travelling towards Carmarthen, and you can see Foel Cwmcerwyn in the far distance.

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    1. Though I love Solva, to visit and explore the Myndd Presceli means we should stay nearer at somewhere like Newport. My brain always needs extra programming, geo-physics papers normally finds me going to sleep ;)

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