Yes I've always viewed them like that as well I have to say. It's sort of hard to imagine why the slope would be more important rather than the alignment but what do we really know! Do we know of any purposely sloped width wise rather then length wise out of interest?
I find that it is difficult to attribute the placing of capstones in a specific manner, due to the many ways they are interpreted by the builders. For me it seems to focus on the scenery and is an individual choice. Take earthfast sub megalithics in this part of Wales at Carn Llidi for a start is pointing out to sea, probably the island in the distance, cromlech behind though probably had its capstone resting on the rock ledge behind, both significantly placed under a rock face as Garn Wynda was.
Yet higher up on the St. David's headland we have Coetan Arthur its pointy bit facing up the valley, though there is some argument as to whether the back stone fell away .
Garn Wynda is an earthfast tomb over a rock pit, its date late Neolithic/Early Bronze, so what appears as a somewhat primitive early cromlech is later. And of course go further along the road to these three classics at Garn Wen and the idea immediately comes up that there is a similar time and interpretation for their construction and again looking out to sea as GarnWnda does.
And lastly, St.Elvis a destroyed cromlech, with a lovely pointy bit the large capstone tumbled off and pointing to the sky, this according Geo.Nash is pointing to an inlet of the River Solva.
When I first came to this area years ago, my initial reaction was that these cromlechs were almost tribal in their placements, that Ireland played an important part in their building, and that it would be lovely to be buried in any of the places;).
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