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‘Uncommonly large’?…

Dumfries and Galloway, Friday, 28th October, 2022…

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‘Bill Diamond’s Bridge’

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Otherwise, ‘Glenquicken’ described by Aubrey Burl

as the finest of all centre-stone circles.

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Which today, unfortunately, looks

a little less than fine because

of the encroaching reeds!

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This is usually a sign that whatever

magnetism the circle once still held

has now all but dissipated.

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Twenty-nine stones arranged in a circle

around a central ‘giant’.

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A circle designed to plot the phases

of the moon, then…

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A moon circle!

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The twenty-ninth stone

is all but invisible, and stands in what

now looks to be the entrance to the circle.

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It is actually, a half-stone,

which fits the sidereal-month calculation.

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Other circles were still extant when Alexander-the-Great

(Thom) made his surveys but have long since

succumbed to the undergrowth.

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The cobbled surround to the great central stone

is now also all but invisible to the naked-eye.

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A nearby cairn when excavated in the late Ninteenth-Century

revealed bones of ‘uncommon size’

and a ‘green-stone’ axe,

shards of which were buried in the forearm

of the skeleton!

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While Burl has no qualms about

referring to the six-foot central stone as a giant

he shrinks from applying that moniker

to the over-sized skeletal remains.

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Now, why would that be?

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