Sites of Ancient Britain in England and Wales:
Southwest | Cornwall
| England South
Southeast | West Sussex
| Lewes | East Sussex
| Kent | Berkshire
| Peak District
| Creswell Crags
| West Yorkshire
| Snowden Carr
| East Yorkshire
| Isle of Man
| North Wales
| South Wales
WILTSHIRE: | Knowlton Rings
| Silbury Hill
| Avebury |
STOKE as the
First-time users please read
the Index Page thoroughly for understanding.
The tumps of Winterbourne Stoke
which is about 5 miles from Stonehenge
so clearly show the Pleiades
is no rational explanation
as to why archaeologists have not seen it.
Stoke even has smaller barrows surrounding the larger ones
the smaller stars around the Pleiades.
There is no doubt about this
See the aerial photos of Winterbourne Stoke by Jason Hawkes
Britian from the Air, by Janet & Colin Bord, Phoenix
Orion Publishing Group, London, 1997, ISBN 0-75380-707-6,
though the photo is not reproduced here for copyright reasons.
Below : The Pleiades, NASA
Photo, scaled down to 75 percent of the original.
PHOTO of the PLEIADES
I have prepared the following image to show how closely the tumps (also
called tumuli or barrows) of
represent the Pleiades, using material clipped
Starry Night Pro (star magnitudes set at a limit of 6.0)
and a photograph at English Heritage (fair use here).
The three stars in a row run along the celestial equator
which is represented by Starry Night Pro with a red line:
There is little doubt from these images that Winterbourne Stoke
represents the stars of the Pleiades.
This I already pointed out in my
Stars, Stones and Scholars
via the following map:
The basic analysis is more convincing when we now examine in greater
the tumps (viz. tumuli or barrows) in the near vicinity of
Thanks to Google Earth,
which was not available when I first wrote my book,
we can now discover additional astronomical indications
and better identify not only which stars neighboring tumps represent
but also what role Stonehenge played on Salisbury Plain,
having been constructed quite a long time after the building of
many of the older megalithic sites of Wiltshire.
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