Megalithic Measures

There’s a lot of fun to be had from picking up threads of information and seeing where they lead. Like Ariadne’s clew for Theseus in the labyrinth they can lead to the heart of a mystery.

Adapted from a magazine article in 1985

In

May,

when

leaves

are

dressing

the

trees

in

fresh

bright

green

and

dandelions

are

scattering

gold

on

the

grass,

the

10

stars

of

Perseus

lie

in

the

north

at

midnight

as

the

star

Algol

brushes

the

horizon beneath them.

It

was

the

time

of

a

total

lunar

eclipse

and

I

was

camping

with

friends

in

a

field

in

the

West

Country

when

a

series

of

serendipitous

coincidences

led

me

to

some

significant

insights

into

the

units

of

measure

used

by

the

ancient

people

who

laid

out

the

megalithic

circles

of

western

Europe.

In

the

afternoon

the

shadow

of

the

earth

darkened

the

face

of

the

moon.

Altair

rose

in

the

East

at

sunset,

a

companion

for

the

dusky

faced

lunar bride.

Later,

after

the

ruddy,

eclipsed

moon

had

risen,

the

wedding

veil

was

drawn

back

and

her

bright

gaze

fell

on

the

dancers

and

the

fire

that

celebrated

the

renewal

of

the

energies

of

the

Dragon

and the Bull at Beltane…

Following the String from the Meg to the Mile

Some

time

after

writing

the

preceding

piece

about

Megalithic

Measure

I

was

drawn

back

into

the

world

of

the mathematicians of the Stone Circle era.

The

similarity

that

appeared

between

some

of

the

ancient

measures

and

those

of

the

British

“Imperial”

system

of

feet,

inches

and

yards

created

an

interest

in

seeing

whether

there

were

other

related

survivals

that

linked

the

mensuration

work

of

four

millennia

BC

to

the end of the second millennium AD…

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Jon with two megalithic yard measuring rod.
The Druid’s cord.
Megalithic Insights               						Jon Appleton

Megalithic

Measures

There’s a lot of fun to be had from picking up threads of information and seeing where they lead. Like Ariadne’s clew for Theseus in the labyrinth they can lead to the heart of a mystery.

In

May,

when

leaves

are

dressing

the

trees

in

fresh

bright

green

and

dandelions

are

scattering

gold

on

the

grass,

the

10

stars

of

Perseus

lie

in

the

north

at

midnight

as

the

star

Algol

brushes

the horizon beneath them.

It

was

the

time

of

a

total

lunar

eclipse

and

I

was

camping

with

friends

in

a

field

in

the

West

Country

when

a

series

of

serendipitous

coincidences

led

me

to

some

significant

insights

into

the

units

of

measure

used

by

the

ancient

people

who

laid

out

the

megalithic

circles

of

western

Europe.

In

the

afternoon

the

shadow

of

the

earth

darkened

the

face

of

the

moon.

Altair

rose

in

the

East

at

sunset,

a

companion

for

the

dusky

faced

lunar bride.

Later,

after

the

ruddy,

eclipsed

moon

had

risen,

the

wedding

veil

was

drawn

back

and

her

bright

gaze

fell

on

the

dancers

and

the

fire

that

celebrated

the

renewal

of

the

energies

of

the

Dragon and the Bull at Beltane..

Following the String from the Meg to the Mile

Some

time

after

writing

the

preceding

piece

about

Megalithic

Measure

I

was

drawn

back

into

the

world

of

the mathematicians of the Stone Circle era.

The

similarity

that

appeared

between

some

of

the

ancient

measures

and

those

of

the

British

“Imperial”

system

of

feet,

inches

and

yards

created

an

interest

in

seeing

whether

there

were

other

related

survivals

that

linked

the

mensuration

work

of

four

millennia

BC

to

the end of the second millennium AD..

Continue Continue
Click the audio play button above to hear Jon talk about the String of Ideas.

Adapted from a magazine article in 1985

Click the audio play button above to hear Jon talk about the Meg to the Mile.
Megalithic Insights               						Jon Appleton