By Duncan Lunan
There are at the least forty eight pointed out prehistoric stone circles in Scotland. truthfully, little or no is understood concerning the those that erected them, and eventually approximately what the stone circles have been for. such a lot stone circles are astronomically aligned, which has ended in the trendy debate over the importance of the alignments. The megaliths definitely represented a big cooperative attempt, might not less than have confirmed energy and wealth, and being set clear of any dwellings most likely served a ceremonial, or maybe spiritual, purpose.
Observations on the web site of the stone circles, of sunlight, lunar, and stellar occasions, have already forged gentle on a number of the questions about the development and use of old megalithic observatories.
In his means as supervisor of the Glasgow Parks division Astronomy undertaking, writer Duncan Lunan designed and inbuilt the overdue Nineteen Seventies Sighthill, the 1st astronomically aligned stone circle in Britain in over 3,000 years. The Stones and the celebs examines the case for astronomical alignments of stone circles and charts the advance of a desirable undertaking with a powerful clinical and old taste. The paintings used to be documented intimately by way of artist and photographer Gavin Roberts, and the publication incorporates a huge number of illustrations that convey the undertaking vividly to lifestyles.
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The Stones and the Stars: Building Scotland's Newest Megalith (Astronomers' Universe) by Duncan Lunan