By Duncan Lunan
There are at the very least forty eight pointed out prehistoric stone circles in Scotland. honestly, little or no is understood concerning the those that erected them, and finally approximately what the stone circles have been for. so much stone circles are astronomically aligned, which has ended in the trendy debate approximately why the alignment was once major. The megaliths definitely represented a big co-operative attempt, could no less than have validated strength and wealth, and being set clear of any dwellings most likely served a ceremonial, or even non secular, goal.
Observations on the web site of the stone circles, of sun, lunar, and stellar occasions, have already forged mild on a number of the questions on the development and use of historic megalithic observatories.
In his skill as supervisor of the Parks division Astronomy undertaking, writer Duncan Lunan designed and equipped the 1st astronomically aligned stone circle in Britain in over 3,000 years. 'The Stones and the celebrities' examines the case for astronomical alignments of stone circles, and charts the improvement of a desirable venture with a powerful clinical and ancient heritage. The paintings used to be documented intimately by means of the artist and photographer Gavin Roberts, and this archive has been extra to because - so a suitable collection of illustrations will convey the venture vividly to lifestyles.
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