Megalithic Tour on September 2019

Organised by VIP Wales and with Robin Heath as Tour Guide

Sunday 15th – Tuesday 17th September 2019

VIP Wales are preparing a course to run on the above dates and have asked me to provide them a suggested itinerary. Enclosed below, in modular form, this is flexible to provide alternatives in the event of poor weather. At this stage it is preliminary but an indication of the extent and content of the Tour’s intent.

September is a great time to visit the Preseli region and the weekend of the 15-17th embraces the Full Moon period. The hectic holiday period during August has long since subsided, while the weather is often sunny and warm with gin clear skies and there is still enough daylight to be out and about until 7:30 or even 8pm. The longer shadows during the day make visiting megalithic sites more atmospheric.

Like the previous course , this one is based around the Cnapan Hotel and Restaurant in Newport, Pembs. There are several places for local people or those that would prefer to take an alternative option – bring a camper van or caravan, tent or book into a YHA Hostel.

For more details – visit the VIP website at info@vipwales.co.uk

For this second Megalithic tour, we introduce the role of Castell Mawr as the centre of a ‘Preseli Wheel’, and the undoubted significance of Gors Fawr as the principal and more or less complete surviving stone circle.

Each of the following ‘modules’ may be integrated into a bespoke tour by prior consultation with the client(s). Once this is defined, then the flexibility will centre around weather conditions and, importantly in Preseli, access to toilet facilities, which are limited, although Castell Henllys is a good venue for WC, books, prehistoric vibes and a coffee in bad weather!

PROPOSED MODULE LIST

Sunday – Module One. 3:00pm -6:30 Introduction and group assembly. Illustrated Presentation at Cnapan Hotel, emphasizing sites of the tour and their key qualities, as outlined below in brief.

Monday – 9:30 – 11am Module Two. Visit to Castell Mawr (The centre of a Preseli circle of megalithic sites and mountain summits, ).

            11:30 -12:30 Module Three. Visit to Pentre Ifan, then Llech y Drybedd dolmen (via Crug Cemaes)

Lunch at Llech y Drybedd  1:30 – 2pm

14:30 – 15:30 Module Four. Visit to Trellyfiant and Cerrig Coetan Arthur

Return to Cnapan HQ for tea (and discussion(?))

Tuesday – 9:30 – 12:00am  Module Five. Foel Drygarn and Carn Menyn – a visit to the Bluestone site.

                 12:00 – 13:00pm  Module Six. Practical laying out of a) an Aubrey calendar clock and b) lunation triangle to produce two types of soli-lunar calendar, also capable of predicting tides and eclipses.

(Undertaken at Carn Menyn if weather permits, else on lower more sheltered ground or, if wet, within a local indoor centre).

               13:00 – 13:30pm Lunch

               13:30 – 15:00pm Module Seven. Visit to Gors Fawr stone circle. Measure and discuss the geometry of this circle and the nearby summer solstice alignment. and then ditto for the various non-circular geometries of stone circles and the units of length that have been found within their designs.

~ 15:30pm return to Cnapan HQ.

Discussion and debrief. Books for sale.

Please note that none of the above is set in stone, unlike the actual megaliths, blue or otherwise, so it will be necessary to await the final form of this proposed programme in due course.

A NEW LANDSCAPE TEMPLE AT AVEBURY

An earlier shortened version of this article can be found on The Henge Shop website

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For the Spring Brexinox, 2019

A Newly Revealed Temple at Avebury

The Avebury henge site was very nearly lost to us. We owe its existence to Alexander Keiller, the ‘Marmalade Millionaire’ who, during the 1930s, poured his family inheritance into restoring the site. Before Keiller, there were only eight original stones left standing at Avebury.

Avebury henge in the snow. The Henge Shop is at the centre, the Church just to its left.

During the early eighteenth century, the inhabitants of Avebury village became engaged in the wholesale toppling of Avebury’s huge stones and their subsequent reduction to building stone. If that great antiquarian and chronicler William Stukely had not publicly intervened, all of Avebury’s stones would have been removed and the site totally destroyed. A single generation would have demolished Avebury.

During Avebury’s darkest days, Stukely wrote,

‘And this stupendous fabric, which for some thousands of years, had brav’d the continual assaults of weather, and by the nature of it, when left to itself, like the pyramids of Egypt, would have lasted as long as the globe, hath fallen a sacrifice to the wretched ignorance and avarice of a little village unluckily plac’d within it.’  Continue reading “A NEW LANDSCAPE TEMPLE AT AVEBURY”

The Henge Shop launch their new E-magazine!

A copy of the first edition front cover is now available [see graphic below and try the link over the next day or two].  Within the covers of this first (and FREE) edition, due on-line on The spring equinox, (March 21st), I was commissioned by its editor, Naz Ahsun, to write an illustrated article on my latest research findings.  For those who are interested and/or attended my talk and mini-tour at the henge shop and within Avebury during the summer solstice of 2018,  you may now find the details I promised then.. which is… The identification and description of a previously unrecognised integrated temple monumental structure based on research undertaken during the past several years. 


Unless one takes account of the astronomy, geometry and measurements of a complex megalithic site like Avebury, one will never understand the integrated nature of these magnificent sites nor how they ‘talk’ to their neighbouring sites. There will shortly be more to follow on this website concerning this new material about Avebury.

The 2018 Summer Lectures Presentation

Learning the Megalithic Language

by Robin Heath

Karen Alexander writes,

If you are wondering how the word ‘megalith’ becomes relevant on a crop circle website, then prepare for a big surprise, as researcher Robin Heath compares the ‘language’ of stone circles with that of crop circles, and finds many more similarities than one might expect. This article also explores the reasons why both subjects remain excluded from within the establishment.

 

The annual Summer Lectures are held during the final weekend in July for the past umpteen years. They are hosted and crisply organised in Devizes by Steve and Karen Alexander, who have decades of experience of organising events and tours. Steve Alexander is also a professional photographer whose name appears on most of the best aerial photographs taken of crop circles from a helicopter.

Although centred around the crop circle phenomenon, and held during that period of the summer when most of these geometric wonders of landscape art appear in our landscape,  often near megalithic sites, the boundaries covered by this international event include the science underpinning megalithic monuments, geometry and number science, and many other of the so-called ‘Cinderella sciences’ that don’t yet fit within the modern scientific paradigm.

Following my 2018 presentation, Karen asked if I would make the text available with many of my original slides, so it would fit within their website – www.temporary temples.co.uk. I agreed and this package has now been launched on the Temporary Temples website. Visit it next!

www.temporary temples.co.uk

UPDATE – More spaces available on the Megalithic Tour of the Preselis – March 2019

Local access to the tour at reduced rates. January 23rd 2019

Bookings on this Preseli Tour have now reached eleven, and the allocated accommodation hotel is fully booked up.  However, at a meeting with Ewan Rees, the director of VIP tours, we discussed the possibility of providing a few extra spaces at a reduced rate for locally based folk who might want to attend the tours but otherwise would not require accommodation.  

We have now agreed to make a few more places available for this event,  so if you would like to come along and live within easy reach of the Preseli Hills, then please contact Ewan to discuss the matter, through the VIPWales.co.uk website.

 

I have been approached by VIP Wales and asked if I would guide two of the days of a three day Preseli tour, from Sunday 24th – Wednesday 27th March 2019, organised by Ewan Rees, VIP Wales director and a local National Park warden. I’ve said I’ll do this one so if numbers are above the minimum number of clients it will take place.

I often get asked after lectures if I’ll “let me/us know if I’m ‘doing a tour or presentation’.” , so here is your chance to have both of these options! Cnapan is a traditional restaurant/hotel in the midst of Newport, Pembrokeshire, a delightful little coastal town, famous for its excellent cuisine, estuary walks and superb beaches. The town is right in the midst of ‘bluestone country, and I’ll be helping clients locate, reckon with, understand and enjoy the major megalithic monuments here in their magnificent Preseli landscape.

The website with all the details is https://www.cnapan.co.uk/megathic-tour.html

I’m already looking forward to this event, not least because it will be next March and all this wet, cold, windy and atrociously miserable weather of the past two months will hopefully by then be a distant memory. However it might be wise to make it a rule that nobody mentions the ‘B’ word, as we are all scheduled to leave the EU on the Friday following this tour, and any political griping between clients may find the offenders unceremoniously buried under a dolmen!

To all our readers, may I wish you a moving full moon solstice, and a peaceful season of midwinter festivities.  R

 

The Art of Designing Temples – Presentation at Small World Theatre

This is my fourth annual presentation at Small World Theatre, Cardigan. If this looks like your kind of thing, then you’d be most welcome. Based on past presentations, it would probably be better to book well in advance.

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A Gig at Castell Henllys – A Dark Age Mystery Solved

To all the attendees who have made this one of my favourite venues over the years, (well, it is held in an Iron Age fort after all!), I hope to see you there again this year for some more interaction and to share some of my recent work with you.   Robin.

Booking Essential – all enquiries phone Castell Henllys 01239 891319 or visit their website        [try websearching: Castell Henllys events].

This lecture presentation introduces a new theme into the prehistory and proto-history of South and West Wales. It combines my own recent work with that of earlier work, now much neglected, undertaken by the renowned Aberystwyth archaeologist Prof E G Bowen.

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A Sideways Glance at the recent ‘Breakthrough at Stonehenge’ news story.

For almost a century an often heated debate has rumbled on, following Dr H H Thomas’ discovery suggesting that many of the bluestones found at Stonehenge had originated in the Preseli Hills of West Wales. Various geologists and even some archaeologists (e.g. Burl) have suggested that these stones were not fetched to Stonehenge at ‘vast expense of toil’, but instead were transported by glacial action. They would tell you that the jury is still out on the matter of how the bluestones arrived at Stonehenge.

Some years ago, the quarry at Craig Rhos y Felin became the focus of work led by professor Mike Parker Pearson. The claim was made that some stones from this quarry petrologically matched a number of stones at Stonehenge. This work was duly written up in Antiquity, Volume 89 Issue 348 – contributors listed were Mike Parker Pearson, Richard Bevins, Rob Ixer, Joshua Pollard, Colin Richards, Kate Welham, Ben Chan, Kevan Edinborough, Derek Hamilton, Richard Macphail, Duncan Schlee, Jean-Luc Schwenninger, Ellen Simmons and Martin Smith. Continue reading “A Sideways Glance at the recent ‘Breakthrough at Stonehenge’ news story.”