Pat29

Pat29

Posted on 01/11/2016


Photo taken on October  3, 2013


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The Hill O Many Stanes is a south-facing hillside (at grid reference ND295384) in Mid Clyth, about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) south of Wick in Caithness, in the Highland area of Scotland, which has about 200 upright stones, none more than a metre high, set out in rows running approximately north and south with the incline. The rows are not parallel, however, and they create a fan-shaped pattern. This arrangement is believed to be a relic of Bronze Age times.

From the northern end of the rows, on a clear day, hills along the coast of Banffshire can be seen across the Moray Firth, some 80 kilometres (50 mi) away. If the night sky is clear the moon in its most southerly rising position will be seen over those same hills. In Megalithic Lunar Observatories (Oxford University Press, 1971) Alexander Thom presented evidence that the stone rows were in effect a Bronze Age lunar observatory, tracking lunar movements over a cycle of 18.6 years. However, more than twenty similar stone rows are now known in Caithness and Sutherland and none of the others has been linked with astronomical observations.

In Britain stone rows of this kind are unknown outside Caithness and Sutherland, but similar rows of much taller stones are found in Brittany.

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6 comments - The latest ones
Danielle
Danielle
Très intéressant et une Magnifique image *****************
21 months ago.
Jean-Claude EBY
Jean-Claude EBY
Interesting and beautiful shot...!
21 months ago.
John Lawrence
John Lawrence
Your wonderful image has been seen and admired in Pictorials
21 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
I like this too and the info.
21 months ago.
RatRod
RatRod
Lots of info Pat and a great scene.
21 months ago.
Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly)
Nice shot Pat, hoping to return here later in the year
21 months ago.