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Kelly's rock 3- Giutte column (Natural Rock Feature)

This natural menhir ("adopted"menhir as Mr. Carmelo Prestipino said) is standing right in the middle of Ligurian gulf (as you can check in the map), and this says much already. Is seated in a very sacred area where there are springs called "Holy water" (Acquasanta), very close to Issel's Stone, Giutte's Long Cairn and the first Kelly's Rock. It was discovered already four years ago by my friend Angela but only now I show it and share it over here...(silly me). Ciao !

Kelly's Rock (Engraved stone)

At the north of Issel's Stone, an altar stone made of cupmarks, on the right bank of a small stream there's this pretty rock with a footprint's mark; footprints testify the high sacredness of a site.
This engrave is made for offerings of the water's cult. Water the life bringer... This area is still named "Acquasanta" that means "Holy Water".

Angela's Rock (Cup Marked Stone)

It was there on the left of Priafaia Altar Stone, but I didn't noticed before; I was blinded by the beauty of the big altar stone next to it.
It took the special female look of Angela to find it.
A small but nice stone with fine cupmarks.

Bric Aliberti menhirs (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Mistycal Bric Aliberti
(the child in me likes to play with the words misty and mystical because this site it has a mystical atmosphere and it's very often covered by mist).

On western slopes of Sacred Mount Beigua this hill called Bric Aliberti has on its own slopes an engraved stone and on its top a pinewood with this particular zone.
Displayed on a wide field between pine trees there's a ruined rough-hewn menhir, about two meters long, a small standing stone and lots of "strange stones" all around (I've reported here only some of them).
But what I like the most here is the particular atmosphere.

Faie's Menhirs (Faires Menhirs) (Standing Stone / Menhir)

When a place is called Faires (Faie) is enough to take a walk around with eyes wide open and the less it can happens it's finding "something".
Well, I don't know if those are the menhirs I've read about in: .(sorry in italian).
But what it's written in the article corresponds to what I've found.
South of Faie's Village, at the edge of a field and next to a river; three pulled down menhirs and one still standing but in precarious position, two and a half meters long each.
On the article it's said that there are some old inhabitant of the village reminding of a stone's alignment next to that river, still visible some decade ago.
Two ruined menhirs are clearly showing traces of human's engravings as cups and rough-hewings.
I'd like to dedicate this finding to Canidia, Wido and Jonathan as sign of friendship.

Mount Priafaia 1. Goddess niche. (Engraved stone)

Another sacred area on the sacred Mount Beigua district. This site is on the southern slopes of Mount Priafaia (Mount Fairy's Rock).

Not far from Priafaia Altar Stone, Ceresa, Strada Megalitica del Monte Beigua and Faie's Altar Rock.

In a deep wood, with small streams all over, beside
an ancient abandoned track can be found a menhir and several gigantic rocks. Two of them are engraved with niches and pairs of holes or cups.

The pattern of engraved cups in pair is typical of this area.

Nice atmosphere.

Guardian stones on Mount Grosso's path. (Standing Stones)

Those two rocks really reminds me of certain tales
where guardians were magically turned to stone.
They are standing aligned on both sides of an ancient abandoned path leading to the Mount Grosso's top.
As two guardians.
A portal...

La Grande Roccia (The Big Rock) (Engraved stone)

I think La Grande Roccia holds a great power.
While you're walking in the half-shade of a beech-wood suddenly it'll appear in front of you
as a shining silver dome, as an UFO...
And when you'll approach it, you'll find out that it's cut in two by a deep break as chopped by a big force. Beside it there's a nice spring. And it's covered by engravings.
So this was a sacred place for ancient Ligurians.
This site it's very suggestive and I believe "that" strong energy is still there.

Roccias Fenestre (Sacred Hill)

A Sanctuary
When I visited this place for the first time I had in mind two songs: Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and "A Day In The Life" from Beatles.
The Led Zep song because there's really a natural stairway that brings to the central Altar's stone.
And that stone is seventy meters tall.
The Beatles song because it says:"I read the news
today oh boy/ Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire/ And though the holes were rather small/ They had to count them all...". There's an incredible numbers of cup marks all around the central Altar (somebody count 3249).
Jocking apart it's really a remarkable place with a strong spiritual atmosphere. A serpent's shape engraving on the Altar.
Most of the engraved cups are made (often in pairs) at the edge of the terraced rocks as if...
flying spirits could easyer go to pick their offerings.

Issel's Stone (Cup Marked Stone)

Sometime when you see those sites pictured in a book in black & white they don't seem that much good.
Then when you visit them you understand that the book wasn't a good one.
I've been surprised by the beauty of this place and
I've wished some friend was there with me to share my joy.

Plenty of small streams all around so the place was chosen for water's cult, pastoral culture, simple, delicate engravings, peaceful, female in a word. And when I saw an hawthorn's bush beside the rock I understood more...

The rock took its name by Professor A.Issel who studied and report it at the beginning of the last century. Is 2,80 meters long and 1,40 meters high. Down in the valley there's a christian sanctuary called Acquasanta (Holy water...) where people use the water of a sacred fountain to cure their problems. I found this site because of a book (a good one)
written by Mr.Italo Pucci and Mr.Ausilio Priuli.

S. Martino's Cromlech (remains) (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

I bumped into this site while I was running down a hill with my son. And I've immediatly thought:"Hmm...those stones...".

A spring surrounded by stones that gives water to a quiet softly-singing stream.
A short path (surrounded by stones too) that leads, from the spring, to a partial circle of stones.
Few big stones scattered all around.

But I don't go back there anymore because it's on a private propriety and year by year some stones are caught and carried away to be re-used for buildings.
And I can't stand it, but there's nothing I can do against it yet.

Ceresa 3 (Cup Marked Stone)

In Ceresa, on the banks of a stream (nearby, on the opposite banks, stands Ceresa 1's menhir) there's this flat stone.

Three meters long, with only two engraved small cups.

A very simple and delicate cult of waters. Let me say...something very female.

From a pastoral culture.

Frabosa Sottana's Menhirs and Barrows (Standing Stone / Menhir)

In Maudagna Valley, on a hill overlooking the town of Frabosa Sottana, at the south of Maudagna Valley's engraved stone and not far from it. There's this Sacred Area with two barrows and three menhirs.

The site it's been discovered by Mr. Sergio Piazzo.

Faie's Altar Rock (Faires Altar Rock) (Cup Marked Stone)

At the north of the village called Faie (Faires), along the track that leads to Monte Beigua, there's this typical altar stone. On top of a small hill with a cup's shaped engrave and a short and little drainage canal.

I found it because it was described in a book writted by Mr. Italo Pucci and Mr. Ausilio Priuli.

Bisalta's menhir (Standing Stone / Menhir)

A very interesting site.

This mountain called Bisalta (or Besimauda) it's interesting not only because has a nice menhir and few engravings but also because holds mystery.

The name Bisalta means something like "twice high" probably because has two tops instead of one. It overlooks the all plain. And its also defined "Door of the Alps". And, mostly...there are lots of stories telling of UFO apparitions about this mountain.

An evidence can be found in the "strange" sculpture (see the pictures) wich stands not far from the menhir on its left. Both are on the southern slopes of the mountain.

Those findings were all made by members of ARS (Scientific Research Association), Villanova Mondovì (CN).
I wanna thanks them all here.

Menhir of Belbo river's springs (Saliceto) (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Sited inside the Park of Belbo river's spring.

I think this menhir it's been moved from its original setting, to be re-used as milestone or border-stone.
But before of that use it's been christianised.

Under christian's crosses can be guessed, almost completly erased, engraved traces of a fertility's cult.

My thanks to Mr.Giovanni & Mr.Sergio Piazzo (my greats local guides).

Bassi's menhir (Standing Stone / Menhir)

I found it beside a spring where wildboars go to play with mud. In the heart of a deep forest. (In the past this forest was called "bosco scuro"-dark wood).
The next year when I went back there I had a bad surprise. I found that unknown woodcutters chopped down almost all the trees around it.
The "atmosphere" was gone but happily the menhir was still there. I wonder for how long it'll be found still there. Maybe until somebody will not think to throw away those "useless stone" from the wood...
On his front surface there are two small cup-shaped engravings with small drainage canals, and another cup engraving on the backside.
His front side reminds me of a female shape.
On the backside the margin of the stone has a strange shape as it has melted...
Around the menhir there are two stones, appearing pulled down, with some engravings.

Maudagna Valley's engraved stone

Maudagna Valley's engraved stone
(abstract from-"Roccia Incisa in Val Maudagna (CN)"- Bulletin of Survey 1991-1992, n.7-8. by Italo Pucci and Flavio Gastaldi).

"The rock stands out on the side of a hill facing the Maudagna valley. It is located inside a wood and near Bellino House (Frabosa Sottana). The place was important for its stock-raising, exploitation of chestnut trees and has been populated by Ligurians.

The rock shows some cups connected by linear engravings that in their terminal parts come out from the surface.
It is possible to deem that the engravings are connected to the rituals of the waters cult."

Very simple engravings made by very simple people, for a simple essential use.

I have to thank Mr.Giovanni and Mr.Sergio Piazzo
of the ARS organisation Villanova Mondovì (Cuneo). They are my great local guides to it.

Bassi's dolmen (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Bassi's dolmen.

I found it hidden in a deep forest. On the top of a small hill.
All around there are feeble traces that an "expert eye"(I'm jocking) can't miss. Like the old track that leads to it, with its rocks alignment running on both sides.
Two big rocks (about two meters long each) on his sides looking as two pulled down menhirs. Stone traces of a foundation. And two suspect engravings.

Deversi. Sun adorer's engrave (Engraved stone)

Deversi. Sun adorer's engrave.

An ancient engrave on an ancient site. Very close to Deversi Pietra delle Masche. Found by Professor Renzo Amedeo.
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Spencer the Rover

In Yorkshire near Rotherham, he had been on his rambles
Being weary of traveling, he sat down to rest
At the foot of yonder mountain there runs a clear fountain
With bread and cold water he himself did refresh
It tasted more sweeter than the gold he had wasted
More sweeter than honey and gave more content


it's One World.

it's a labour of Love .

Swan was the totemic animal of ancient Ligurians.

In memory of Mr.Mario Fenoglio
Ispettore onorario di Archeologia.

I am a member of The International Institute of Ligurian Studies.

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