In many places throughout
the UK and indeed the rest of the world, there are traces of our
distant ancestors. Some of the most interesting and evocative
are the Standing Stones & Stone Circles from the Neolithic
and Bronze age periods.
Often situated in some
of the most impressive countryside, these sites are both fascinating
and intensely moving. Depending on who you talk to these are meeting
places for ancient Druids, Beacons of Earth Energy, or even Landmarks
for Alien Spacecraft.
Regardless of your
views, they are well worthy of visiting. Some areas of the UK
have more than there fair share of sites, such as Wiltshire, and
Cornwall, others such as Leicestershire, have very few if any.
Often examining a local ordnance survey map will highlight some
odd stone sitting in a field which a little searching in the library
highlights some local legend. Often these sites do not reach back
to the times mentioned earlier, but they are still sites of great
Sites that I find to
be of great interest are: The Rollright Stones in Oxfordshire,
Avebury in Wiltshire, the Men an Tol in Cornwall, and the Stones
of Callanish in Lewis Island. These are but a few of the wonderful
sites in the UK. Other sites not that far away include Carnac
in Brittany - France. Here huge stone rows litter the countryside,
a quite awe-inspiring display of Prehistoric construction.
Of course we have to
mention Stonehenge. Possibly the most famous monument of them
all. Unfortunately under the Mismanagement of English Heritage
this monument has been stolen from the people of The Free State
of Albion. They have spent huge amounts of money promoting this
great site, and then complain when everybody turns up, and starts
to erode it.
Obviously a major site
for many years, Victorians met for concerts there, others went
to pay respects to their ancestors, and look for meanings special
to them. Now I am afraid that has been stolen from us. A fine
site, but in many ways overrated - it displays a powerful presence
across the barren Salisbury plane. For many years people have
flocked here to celebrate the summer solstice, have danced, made
love, partied and bathed in the presence of their ancestors. Celebrating
the wonders of the universe and things beyond.
This has been destroyed
for the people of this country by the authorities. One day the
monument will be back in the hands of the people, not just a privileged
It is a fine monument,
but do be prepared to be disappointed. You can't have your picture
taken lying on the Slaughter Stone anymore. Best I leave it there.
Follow the link to
the sites I have included as a taster. A recommended reading list
is included as well.
Particular Prehistoric Sites List
Prehistoric Literature & Links
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