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Alignements de Vieux Moulin




Almost a year and a half after I came here with Julian Cope I have returned to Vieux Moulin. I'd forgotten just how effective the illusion the stones create is. As one approaches one is sure that there are four stones n this short, solitary row. Only when the approach angle changes slightly can one see that in fact there are six.

I remain unconvinced by Aubrey Burl's 'slight curve' and it seems to me this was only ever as it is now. These shortish stone rows are indeed an riddle. They enclose no space, they do not seem precise enough to facilitate astronomical observations, so what were they for? I think the clue may lie in the fact that many of these rows are (relatively) isolated and away from large ritual centres. In that one can read that, like so many of the smaller dolmens, these were monuments for a small community. The village chapel for day to day use away from the great cathedral of Carnac.

It almost seems that one can try to read to much into these type of monuments, trying to find reason or purpose, in the end I think it goes back to the mountaineer's answer; why did they put up the stones? Because they were thereā€¦
Spaceship mark Posted by Spaceship mark
30th July 2007ce
Edited 25th November 2009ce

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