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Arbor Low Henge
Devil's Ring & Finger
The "Peak" District in ancient days
in a megalithic context
was surely the "Beak" district
the stars of Aquila.
Arbor Low marked the location of Altair,
while Minning Low marked Sagitta.
Backstone Edge marked Al Thalimain, lambda-Aquila.
The Bridestones, Congleton,
Bull Ring at the Dove Holes
and Gardom's Edge, Chesterfield
each marked one of the remaining corners of Aquila.
The Devil's Ring and Finger marked the tailfeathers of Aquila.
First-time users please read
Page thoroughly for understanding.
Between Capricorn and Aquila there are no
stars to speak of, and we
will see that the ancients note this explicitly on some of their
On the ground, to get from Capricorn in England to Aquila, we have to
go clear to the Peak or "Beak" District, south of the Vale of Eden
and the Lake District. The River Eden flows there into the sea at
near the geodetic
center of the British Isles, when one includes Ireland.
Altair and Aquila are marked by Arbor Low in Derbyshire, near Parwich.
Arbor Low is one of
the most interesting sites in Ancient Britain,
being one of the three
largest "henges" in all of England, with 42 STONES.
For the astronomical analyis, Arbor Low is fantastic,
because we have been
able to place ALL the stones
as to their
appropriate stellar constellations (see the drawing above).
This was possible
since ALL the stones of Arbor Low are laid flat on
the ground - this appears to have been intentional, since the stones
are not long enough at the ends to be inserted into the ground without
covering up their shape or cupmarks. Wondrous beyond all doubt, is
also that they have retained these positions for thousands of years -
without apparent vandalism or ruin - unbelievable. It speaks for the
people of this region.
Then, to make it all
we used the book
BRITAIN FROM THE AIR,
& Colin Bord - with photography by Jason Hawkes
(published by Phoenix Illustrated, the Orion Publishing Group,
Orion House, 5, Upper St Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 9EA).
In that book,
are two wonderful aerial photographs
of Arbor Low and the stones
close enough to see the stones clearly -
and the rest was
just good hard work.
We count 42 STONES
as recognizable star groups viz.
42 Stones "may"
- we shall see in the course of time -
to the 42 "nomes" of ancient Egypt
and the 42 "temples" of
as found in the Sumerian Temple Hymns.
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