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Megalithic Study Sites

Thumbnail of The Llananno Megalithic Complex
An astronomically planned Bronze Age cemetery in Mid Wales. Deployed along three north/south hill ranges in the parish of Llananno is the most developed prehistoric astronomical complex yet identified in Britain. Similar to the great mortuary landscapes of Ireland, at Loughcrew, Carrowkeel and the Bend of the Boyne the Llananno ritual landscape spreads across many square miles of open hilltops. On the summits of several hills on the eastern and western ranges of the Llananno high ground many tumuli and cairns are visible with the unaided eye on a clear day. On the central ridge, Brondre Fawr, clear evidence for careful deployment of Bronze Age stone settings may be found. Principally thes...

Thumbnail of S2 Harlech Stone Row
One Megalithic Calendar alignment for two dates has been confirmed by photography and digital extrapolation. Stone S2 Harlech to Rhinog Fawr's north face presents the declination for Calendar Intervals 10 & 16. We see that this fine menhir, S2 Harlech, has been dressed on the top to match the slope on Rhinog Fawr and further indemnifying this alignment with it's profiling of the pertinent place on the horixon.

Thumbnail of Gop Hill Cairn
On the evening of the 13th April 2019 a photographic study was secured of the Sun's path on the western flank of Gop Hill cairn. A camera position was found from where the upper limb of the solar disc sat on the slope of Gop Hill cairn. Without moving the camera position successive shots were obtained of the solar upper limb rolling fully down the entire cairn flank. This demonstrates that the Angle of Obliquity has been conserved in the structure of this monument. If this angle has been maintained around the northern half of the mound, Gop cairn might be another example of a universal foresight, as with Silbury Hill, Wiltshire.