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Re: New Views over Megalithia

PostPosted: 12:56 pm
by PeterC
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

Re: New Views over Megalithia

PostPosted: 1:15 pm
by Mick Harper
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?

Re: New Views over Megalithia

PostPosted: 1:54 pm
by hvered
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 seeing as how convenient it was to get to/from.