Megaliths

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Megaliths
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MENHIRS
CARNAC, France
c. 4000 B.C.
MENHIRS
CARNAC, France
c. 4000 B.C.
The stones vary in height from 6-15 ‘ and the rows are almost 2.5 miles long
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Local legend says the
menhirs were enemy
soldiers turned to stone
by the town’s patron
saint. On Christmas Eve
the monoliths go to the
river to drink, and the
gold that lies beneath
them is left unguarded.
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Neolithic cultures
gave human
qualities to
inhuman things.
Do these stones
impregnate the
earth?
Even the Celts who
arrived in NW Europe
thousands of years after
Stonehenge and Carnac,
believed that rivers were
formed by urinating
giants and islands were
form by stones cast from
heaven.
A grid for stargazing
CADILLAC RANCH
near AMARILLO, TEXAS
Ant Farm, 1974
CADILLAC RANCH
near AMARILLO, TEXAS
Ant Farm, 1974
The Brittany Dolmens
FRANCE
c. 4000 B.C.
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Dolmens were
tombs, houses of
the ancestors; their
spirits lived in the
stone.
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DOLMEN
Ballykeel, Ireland
DOLMEN
CRUCUNO,
North of Carnac, France
c. 4000 B.C.
Stonehenge
England c. 2800-1500 B.C.
STONEHENGE
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Salisbury Plain
SW England
c. 2800-1500 B.C.
100’ diameter,
Stones roughly
13.5” high
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A sacred site prior to the
megaliths (c. 3000 B.C.)
barrows surrounded by ditch
350’ in diameter
E-W avenue dug, then 56
Aubrey Holes (John Aubrey
(1626-1697 A.D.))
in which cremated remains
were buried
c. 2500 B.C. 40-ton Blue stones
brought 100 miles from Wales
Heel stone (16’ high)
2500-2100 B.C. “Beaker
people” from NW Europe
bring gold, perhaps build
iconic outer wall housing Ushape of trilithons of 50-ton
sarsen blocks from
Marlborough Downs
20 miles away which in turn
surround altar stone
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POST AND LINTEL CONSTRUCTIONS: a TENON on the post fit into a MORTISE on the lintel
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THE HEEL STONE
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