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A new type of "alignment"?
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"Why is this important?

The significance of visual relationships is a frequent feature in the archaeological literature concerning prehistoric funerary and ritual landscapes. There is an acceptance that considerable care was taken positioning features and whilst the precise reasons are not always apparent there is consensus that the siting and distribution of funerary and ritual monuments was far from random and indeed positions were often very carefully selected. The upper 300m of the Bancbryn stone alignment points at the far distant Hartland Point in Devon. The chances of this being a coincidence are remote especially when one considers that:

The cairn at the upper end of the alignment is positioned with perfect precision to ensure that Hartland Point peeks out from behind Tor Clawdd. This significant visual relationship exists only at the exact spot where this cairn was erected.
A deviation of as little as one degree from the course of the stone alignment would have meant that the visual relationship illustrated in the photographs above would not exist.
The slight shifts in the stone alignment’s orientation can be explained as a response to the changing form of the profile of Tor Clawdd relative to the undulating slope of Bancbryn and position of Hartland Point.
The care and attention to detail with which the view to Hartland Point is maintained illustrates a strong element of deliberation beyond any reasonable doubt."

I find this pretty convincing. But far more interesting is the thought that a stone row can be bent and yet be precisely aligned on something throughout its length. That's new isn't it?

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Posted by nigelswift
4th August 2014ce

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Re: A new type of "alignment"? (sleeptowin)

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