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Simon,

Thanks and welcome.

It's difficult to imagine anything to do with Gerald Hawkins as being off
topic on britarch.  

Your article helps to clarify the theory, whether or not it was the intent
of the Stonehenge builder.

Looking forward to you future posts here,
Orion

At 06:41 PM 12/19/2014 +0000, you wrote:
>Dear list,
>
>Hawkins and, later, Hoyle both suggested mechanisms by which the 56 
>Aubrey Hole circle at Stonehenge could be employed as an eclipse 
>prediction device.
>
>In attempting to explain the simpler of the two methods (Hoyle's) in 
>the past, I've found it awkward to explain to non-astronomers how it 
>could be operated. It has been my ambition for a number of years to 
>create a visual representation that demonstrates the principle.
>
>The forthcoming pair of eclipses in March/April 2015 (solar then 
>lunar) offered me an opportunity to create a short animation of the 
>basic moves of the various marker stones suggested by Hoyle.
>
>For your consideration, here is the result of my labours:
>
>http://community.novacaster.com/showarticle.pl?ft=;id=11453;n=4001;p=1
>
>The intermeshing of three gears, representing the solar, lunar and 
>nodal cycles can indeed be approximated using the Aubrey Holes 
>although the debate as to whether neolithic people intended this 
>usage will continue to be a lively one.
>
>If you view the animation, please do pay attention to the text 
>written below it which points out some of the more obvious criticisms 
>that can be levelled at the method.
>
>This is my first post to the list, so I hope it won't be judged as off-topic.
>
>Regards
>Simon
>