I guess we could say that standing stones were for anything we chose to
suggest. Why do we keep trying to find a legitimate use for this monuments
when trully we will never know. The mysticism surrounding them is what I
believe keep people returning to them and tourists visiting them.
Personally I would like to see more work done on the construction of such
monuments. At Stonehenge for example how the hell did they get the
horizontal stones on top of the standing stones? Another question and one I
believe Mike Parker Pearson went some way to answering, Why the change from
Wood to Stone? Was there a distinct change of the building techniques
between late Neolithic and early Bronze age people?
Then we have the question what significance is there is the henges/standing
stone circles and burial chambers such as those at Maes Howe and in the
Derbyshire Peak. Did Bronze Age barrow builders build these barrows close
to stone circles in memory of the dead that had gone before them? Was this
why the Romans reused a burial mound in the Derbyshire peak. Hundreds of
more questions spring to mind and some like the above will probably produce
as many answers as the monuments themselves do but I am sure there are many
more than can be reasonably taken as true from the archaeological record.
One other question that I am sure as no answer but springs to mind is Did
the Mesolithic people have such structures that could be taken down " in the
morning " so to speak? After all we have no idea what started late
Neolithic man / Bronze Age Man to lay one of these down and the fact that
Henges across the country seem to conform to a pattern and all seem to have
an exclusion to the masses it would be conceivable to believe that they were
in place long before those we have in our custodianship today. I do believe
though it shows how people travelled and interacted if nothing else.
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From: "Alan Radley" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 12:25 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Standing Stones?
While on the subject of standing stones, I wonder if any research has been
undertaken, to see if there were (sometimes?)used as a navigational aid in
times of bad weather ?. In much the same way poles are used to mark roads
nowadays, where they are subject to heavy snowfall.
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