TIMEWATCH.ORG MEDIA RELEASE - 10/09/2007
Huge Labyrinth walk ceremony will herald the launch of new Thornborough
Thornborough Henges to be target of Restoration campaign
More the 500 candles will be used to create a massive labyrinth at
Thornborough’s Central Henge as part of the opening ceremony for TimeWatch’s
new campaign to restore Thorborough’s ancient cursus.
Heritage campaign Group TimeWatch has announced that the group is to launch
a new campaign aimed at restoring what the group is calling the “sacred
Landscape” of Thornborough Henges.
To kick off the campaign, and in recognition of the ancient site’s ritual
purpose, TimeWatch have invited local religious and spiritual groups to
participate in a ceremony of good fortune for the campaign. The ceremony
will begin at 7pm on Saturday 22nd September and will involve pagan,
Christian and people from other faiths who all agree that restoring one of
Yorkshires oldest and largest ritual monuments is an important next step for
the campaign. The ceremony will last for two hours and will include a
partial walk of the cursus and story telling.
“In recognising the religious origins for the mighty monuments at
Thornborough, we also recognise that no particular group has ownership of
these structures; they belong to us all and we invite all-comers to come and
help us begin the task of restoration by taking part in this spectacular
ceremony” Said TimeWatch Chairman George Chaplin.
After more than five years of campaigning against quarrying at Thornborough,
and following the planning ruling that the important archaeology surrounding
the henges had to be protected TimeWatch have announced that it is time to
begin restoring parts of the site that have been previously ruined.
“Thornborough Cursus is potentially the oldest major monument in the world
aligned to the Constellation Orion. It is also the largest monument at
Thornborough; almost a mile long” Said Mr Chaplin “On the 22nd of September
we will be launching an entirely new campaign to restore the section that
has been quarried back to its original state. We believe that this move will
be positive for all involved since it will return the land back to original
The Cursus at Thornborough is thought to have been built around 3,500BC,
some five hundred years before the henges. It is a fifty meter wide strip of
land, almost a mile long that was cleared in order to create a ceremonial
causeway that some think of as a “spirit path” for the soul to return to the
Thornborough’s cursus has been compared to the shaft within the King’s
Chamber in the Great Pyramid in Giza. This was also aligned to Orion and
emanates from the central pyramid of three structures that mirror Orion’s
Belt. This too has been equated to a spirit path – a passageway for the soul
of the pharaoh to travel to Orion.
“We think we can best protect Thornborough by helping to promote it as a
unique site of international importance. Restoring the cursus will greatly
help with this and will have local and regional environmental and economic
benefits” Said Mr Chaplin.