Our understanding of megalith monuments are realised in the moment we stand by them and take in their surroundings. What we fail to understand though is that through time, the stones sometimes become altered, could be through excavation or the farmer moving stones. So does this funny little stone at Lanyon Quoit still exist or has it been moved?
The old photos were taken by Jacquetta Hawkes, a great favourite author of mine about 50 years ago, though she was wandering round the stones presumably in the 1940s.
The same can be said for Pentre Ifan, the strange small upstanding stones to the side can either be part of the mound that supposedly surrounded it, though to an untutored eye looks more like a walk way. This it cannot be because the 'closed door' of the monument is facing to the left, so what are they. Their disappearance could be put down to an excavation......
Tomorrow, or maybe today, I shall concentrate on Silbury Hill and the 'water' theory, but for the moment my mind is tired, and so to finish with a photo of Chief sitting on a stone at the Hurlers Stone Circle, which our friend in Cornwall this morning has just been measuring! This photo was taken for me (because some would say I am very dog friendly) and as I notice Moss above, perhaps the difference between long haired collie Moss (with a dash of spaniel) and short haired collie Chief who is a whizz at winning sheep trials can be noted...