The ancient landscape of Britain is a subject of fascination to many
people. They love to visit stone circles and rows, passage mounds and
dolmens and individual standing stones whose purpose now seems mysterious
The academic subject of archaeoastronomy developed from a desire to
understand these fascinating sites. Its aim is to examine their carefully
chosen locations from the point of view of the movements of the sun and
moon as seen from earth.
However, until recently there has been no simple basic introductory books for people
interested in the subject. Most of the literature is presented in a
difficult and complex manner, especially for the non-scientist. Yet the
ideas about the relationship of sky and landscape are natural and obvious
when once they are pointed out.
The aim of Sky and Landscape is to solve this
problem by providing information through articles, books and occasional
courses and lectures. A new book introducing the subject has been written
by Irene Earis (see Books section). We want people to have the basic information for
them to start their own investigations and to experience the thrill of
their own discoveries.
Archaeologists have in general closed their minds to
this approach to prehistoric sites. Therefore the vast number of
megalithic monuments around the country need informed and enthusiastic
amateurs to study the reasons for their positioning with regard to both
their astronomy and the shape of the surrounding horizons.
Ultimately we believe that the cumulative effect of
this knowledge will be to change the attitude of historians to the
societies of the prehistoric world, showing that they were far more
culturally advanced than has so far been realised.
Sky and Landscape is the
Heath is the course tutor, assisted by Irene Earis. Previously a
senior lecturer and college department head, he has taught
surveying, navigation and mathematics for over 25 years. An
internationally published author on astronomy, sacred geography and
the megalithic culture of Europe, Robin founded Megalithic Tours to
promote a wider interest in Neolithic and Bronze Age culture. He has
lectured on the sacred geography module at Bath Spa University
College and teaches astronomy at an Oxford University FAS summer
school. He is a consultant to the Ouroboros Research and Education
Irene Earis holds an M.A (Oxon) in English Literature and an M.A.
(Bath Spa) in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, is a qualified
teacher and has spent many years examining astronomical alignments
of megalithic sites in mid Wales.
Irene Earis: Sky and Landscape: A Field Guide to Archaeastronomy
See BOOKS section.
SEPTEMBER 2011. LUNAR
SIMULATORS AT LE MANIO.
This report began innocently enough as a diversion during our Spring 2010
survey (also available on this website). We noticed half a dozen
symmetrical stones standing proud from the footpath near the
Quadrilatere, at Le Manio. Arranged in a regular arc these stones were
recorded and measured. This led to new and significant evidence of lunar
astronomy having been practiced at this remarkable and virtually unknown
site near Carnac, Brittany.
18 pages, free PDF download - 2MB.