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The mystery beneath the waves

It is a strange feeling to stand at the water’s edge at Holme-next-the-Sea and, as the waves break gently on the beach,try to imagine the scene 4000 years ago.  This is the beach where a Bronze Age community created a sacred edifice  we refer to as Seahenge.

What were these people like?  What was their life lije?  What were their beliefs?

What further mysteries lie hidden beneath the waves?

What conclusions might distant future generations form about life in  Norfolk in 2018?

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Cornwall (1) The ‘Merry Maidens’

Prehistoric monuments, such as stone circles, megaliths or menhirs (standing stones) and quoits, provide interesting features in the landscape of the British Isles.  The best known examples (Stonehenge and Avebury) are familiar to most, but they are not alone  –  more than 1300 stone circles have been recorded in the British Isles  and more than 10000 standing stones.

The monuments have their origin in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages (broadly between 4000 and 1800 BCE).  Precise dating is notoriously difficult because they do not respond well to carbon dating techniques and there is an absence of artefacts that might be used for guidance.  Similarly there is doubt about their purpose(s).  Specialists in many disciplines, but with a shared  interest  –  eg., geologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, antiquarians, experts in folklore and legends etc  –  now pool their knowledge to shed light on a distant age.

Not surprisingly, over the centuries these intriguing phenomena have often been explained through legend and folklore.  In the case of the Merry Maidens stone circle  the nineteen stones were once innocent girls who were encouraged to dance on the Sabbath by two evil spirits in the guise of pipers.  A sudden bolt of lightening from an otherwise clear blue sky transformed the girls and the pipers into their present state.

The image below is one of the pipers.

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Old Man of Gugh

The substance of this post was originally published a year or so ago, but the lighting of the image has been modified a little to capture something of the mystery I associate with the Old Man.

Gugh is a small island in the Isles of Scilly off the south west tip of England.  It is one km long and 0.5km wide and is joined to the larger island of St Agnes by a sand bar.  As a consequence it is accessible only at low tide.  There are just two houses on Gugh.  The island has several entrance graves, cairns and burial mounds dating from the Bronze Age.  The Old Man of Gugh is a menhir (a standing stone) 2.7metres tall and belongs to that period.

I always see in this picture a tall old man with white beard, bracing himself against the strong Atlantic winds.  At the stroke of midnight he begins his steady walk of a watchman guarding his territory, returning to his post before the first cock crow.

There is more background information in my post The Isles of Scilly.

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Old Man of Gugh

Gugh is a small island in the Isles of Scilly off the south west tip of England.  It is one km long and 0.5km wide and is joined to the larger island of St Agnes by a sand bar.  As a consequence it is accessible only at low tide.  There are just two houses on Gugh.  The island has several entrance graves, cairns and burial mounds dating from the Bronze Age.  The Old Man of Gugh is a menhir 2.7metres tall and belongs to that period.

I always see in this picture a tall old man with white beard, bracing himself against the strong Atlantic winds.

There is more background information in my post The Isles of Scilly.

Old Man of Gugh

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