This past week I had the good fortune to go to the Henge at Avebury with a European Geomancy student of mine (Mollie Love who lives in Crete). It is always a treat to go back to one of my "teaching places," places because whenever I go there, they teach me something. We walked most of the circle, and visited my favourite "spin-off stone" in the short stone row near where the very tall obelisk that used to be behind the Methodist (I think) Church that is made mostly from blocks cut from Avebury's magnificent Stone Ring(s).
Avebury Spin Off Stone
Beginning in the late Seventeenth Century, it was the custom of "StoneKiller Robinson" and some of the other religious folk in that area to go out on a Sunday and do their good christian duty by lighting fires under one of the stones, and then pouring water over the hot rock and thus splitting it, and thus destroying the pagan idols - or whatever. On others, these destroyers of their cultural heritage used the plug and feather technique for splitting the stone. This technique was used by the Egyptians. A notch was chiselled out, and thin metal plates were put in on either side of the notch, and a wedge was put between them. An number of these would be set up along the desired fracture line and tapped one after another to expand the crack. You can see several of these plug and feather marks in their fortunately unsuccessful attempt to split this one in the Northwest quadrant of the circle.
Plug and feather
Others were just pushed over. One, the Barbour stone, has been given that name because when Alexander Keiller, the Dundee Marmalade King who did the dig/restoration of half of the massive stone ring and henge in the 1930's, discovered a skeleton of a man under that stone with a comb and pair of scissors in what would have been his back pocket. Apparently, it just fell on him and it was too heavy for them to move. Keiller stood it back up in its original footing.
The Barbour Stone
(in the cenetre)
The Four Inch Ley
In my book,
I wrote about a ley
(alignment of spiritual
markers usually of
different ages) that was
four inches wide.
Along a straight stretch of the henge
(most of the Neolithic construction
happened between 3000 and 2400 BCE)
and running to the spire of St. James
Parish Church, part of which go back
to eleventh Century Saxon times.
Turn 180 Degrees -
in the other Direction
Along the right hand side of the
West Kennet Avenue are two tall
stones that have only a narrow
viewing field (about four inches).
Behind this parenthesis of stones
is a clump of trees - (.).
You can see two others just to the
left of this alignment. All of these
clumps of trees that mark the
eastern horizon of Avebury are
growing on Bronze Age Barrows.
This is a 180 degree panorama I stitched together from six images made with my iPhone.
The Church spire in in the extreme left hand side of the picture,
and the stones of the West Kennet Avenue are on the horizon on the right.
In my book,
The Avebury Megalithic Complex covers an enormous area from the Wansdyke to the West and South to the Ridgeway in the East. It has at least three long barrows, Silbury Hill (the largest human made prehistoric mound Europe), stone avenues, innumerable Bronze Age Barrows, and the largest stone ring in all of Europe as well - not to mention that it has been a major centre of crop circle activity for over twenty-five years. IMHO, Avebury is Britain's best kept secret.
9 Bove Town
Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE
+44 (0)1458 835 818