Saturday, May 31, 2008

Stone Circles, Earthen Mounds

Time out for the "Old Ones." It's always exciting to see places like Stonehenge or any other prehistoric site emerge into today's consciousness. Recent articles about burial mounds and funereal objects at Stonehenge have surfaced, as archaeologists and others refine what they know (or think they know) about peoples who came before us, now long gone or absorbed or marginalized.

I love Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge, other ancient European sites, stone circles, eerie barrows in the woods, and more modern ossuaries -- all of it.

I've been lucky to have seen scores of prehistoric sites in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Continental Europe. Haunting, beautiful. Every one was worth a look.

And I've seen up close scores of spectacular earthen mounds in North America, from Town Creek (North Carolina), Etowah (Georgia), Cahokia (Illinois), and all over the place from Virginia to Mexico. "We have always been here before . . ." Amazing.

Today's Rune: Flow.


Charles Gramlich said...

The history is much longer and more amazing than we can know. I will always wish for a time machine, to go back and see how folks in the past that we think primitive really lived.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles & I had tickets for a private, sunrise tour of Stonehenge...but then I bought our house & we cancelled our trip to Great Britain. Hopefully we'll get there in the future.
I knew for quite a few years (due to all of the Celtic research I do,) that Stonehenge was not only a "cemetary" as is now being claimed, but that it was, in actuality, designed to eventually be a mound structure, like those at Newgrange, West Kennet & many other sites. I'll bet my life on it.

the walking man said...

All of these places the world over, with their precise alignment and science verified by the stars and mathematics, gather together to make one feel as if the modern age had passed a few millennia ago.

*shrug* these are the days of my life it is not a shame to not be able to go backwards in time.


t said...

nice, I've been trying to persuade one of my sisters to go to Ireland.

Anonymous said...

I too was lucky enough to see Stonehedge, once when you could actually walk in and touch the stones and then again when you could not. I have been to the other mounds you mentioned except the one in Ilinois but did see the ones in Ohio. Yes it would be nice to be a time traveler. maybe we are and just don't know it.