New Views over Megalithia

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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby PeterC » 12:56 pm

Do excuse my absence…

“I didn't realise Merrivale is slap bang on the road that runs straight through the middle of this megalithic zone, next to the main burg. Why the hell else to site it there if it isn't the man distribution centre?”

I don’t have a problem with it being a distribution centre but not for stone. I think my main problem is the idea of it being a megalith distribution centre on Dartmoor; why travel any distance to get your stone if you could just get one off the ground at your feet. Dartmoor is littered with granite, anyone clearing a site to put their new megalithic monument would have to move several hundred Merrivale size stones before beginning construction. Would you then lug a load of heavy stones from Merrivale to set up your site? Unless Merrivale stones are ‘special’ stones…….hmm. Maybe for non local megalithics who wanted the ‘Dartmoor look’ for their own non -Dartmoor site and we’re passing through?

Are the stones at Carnac/Merrivale placed upright so you can see how it would look in its final location, like a showroom?

Ps. I like the Stonehenge roof idea
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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby Mick Harper » 1:15 pm

Dartmoor is littered with granite, anyone clearing a site to put their new megalithic monument would have to move several hundred Merrivale size stones before beginning construction.

Coupla points. Is this really true? I don't know what sized megaliths we're talking about (my head is rather full of the ones featured on This is Spinal Tap) but I wouldn't have thought Merrivale-sized ones would be very abundant. But more generally we had envisaged Merrivale as serving a wider area, just as Carnac does with an even wider one. But then there would be no reason to be in the centre of Dartmoor. I suppose you could argue that 'dressing' the stone would be a specialised function but this seems a bit lame. Cheaper to send the dressers.

Also the uprightness is a problem. Ooh, you are full of it. The showrom aspect would be served by having a single 'show-stone' so, yes, we need a good reason. Which I haven't got. Why don't you absent yourself a bit longer next time?
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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby hvered » 1:54 pm

I assumed Merrivale, being sited on the main crossing point of Dartmoor and accessible from the Ridgeway, the longest trading/droving route, was a distribution centre for tin. Granite mined at Merrivale may have been another commodity, the mine being so convenient to get to/from.
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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby Boreades » 11:22 pm

Dartmoor has surfaced again.

The Stone Circle That Maps The Horizon (Dartmoor, UK)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC8BxosbMyw

With an entertaining but informative analogue of archeo layers in the landscape. By making a cake.
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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby Mick Harper » 7:43 am

The link works if you cut and paste the URL but not if you click on it. I will investigate if this at our end, we've been having some problems.
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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby Boreades » 7:52 pm

My New Zealand cousin (Kiri Te Glen Borrydale) sends news of megaliths in the land of the long white cloud. It's the Kaimanawa Wall. Opinions about its origins are divided.

YouTube video says maybe man-made.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTe8BZQ17ak

Ancient Origins hedges its bets
https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient ... land-00153

Wokepedia follows the orthodozy (natural rocks)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaimanawa_Range

As does this:
https://skeptics.nz/journal/issues/41/a ... anawa-wall

The orthodozy still includes the official line that the first people in New Zealand were the Maoris, c.1200AD. Even though some Maori elders still say they weren't the first, and there was an indigenous population that pre-dated the arrival of the Maoris.

What say TME?
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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby Boreades » 9:58 pm

A newly-discovered henge at Crowland in Norfolk.

You can read more, after wading past the ritual hermits and the local abbey that got rich on the proceeds.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10 ... 24.2332853
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