Before Caledonia presents: Torhouse Stone Circle

Posted: November 22, 2019 by oldbrew in History, solar system dynamics
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This is considered to be one of the best preserved ancient stone monuments in Britain, although research into it seems to have been minimal. It can be found near Wigtown in the far south-west of Scotland.

Note the specific solar alignments of the three central stones, and the lunar significance of its circle of nineteen megaliths – thought to represent the lunar nodal cycle of 18.6 years, according to the commentary (or possibly the 19 year Metonic cycle – or both?).

The Metonic cycle is described as ‘a period of almost exactly 19 years that is nearly a common multiple of the solar year and the synodic (lunar) month.’

  1. stewgreen says:

    Interesting I thought it is one of the places I visited but I don’t actually recognise it
    I did a big stone circle tour in 2014 starting in the Lake District then up into Dumfries and Galloway
    I remember visiting some cairns then in Newton Stewart, so maybe I cut out Torhouse cos of rain and moved onto Stranraer and Ayr.
    The way we see this stone circles may be so different from the people who built them
    eg we go in the daytime, but some of those stones are supposed to emit luminescence when pinged
    – other circles seem to profile the local landscape.
    I’ve seen other suggestions that stones should be viewed with the shadows from fires at some kind of pagan festival.

  2. stpaulchuck says:

    Albert Lin ‘Lost Cities’ had a nice show on Stonehenge, as in who came before them.

  3. Curious George says:

    Don’t the three central stones represent an average family with 2.6 children rather than 18.6 years?

  4. Chaeremon says:

    Re: 19
    Circa 19 LAC (anomalistic) = circa 9 LNC (draconic).

    Also: after 19 moons and before the 20th (at the last quarter), Venus shows the same elongation.

  5. ivan says:

    Maybe it’s a real one and not a modern reproduction for the tourists.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Not sure strange is the right word, but…

    BBC: The strange origin of Scotland’s stone circles
    13 October 2016

    Across Scotland there are patterns of various-shaped stones, often dotted together in rings.
    . . .
    One group of researchers claim to have the answer. They have found evidence that these stone circles were erected with cosmic influences: that is, they were placed specifically to better see the Sun, the Moon and the stars.

    But this may not be the whole story.
    . . .
    “We discovered there were only two different-shaped horizons surrounding these monuments, which was pretty incredible in itself, and that the Sun and the Moon were placed in very specific patterns in this landscape,” says lead author Gail Higginbottom of the University of Adelaide, Australia. “These patterns were repeated across all these monuments. That was quite astounding.”

    More here:

    It showed that their understanding of the Universe was that it was cyclic and made up of opposites

    [Alexander] Thom proposed that standing stones served as observatories: places to best watch the stars
    – – –
    One day historians might be asking why humans once built ‘strange’ blob-like structures on mountain tops 🤔

  7. oldmanK says:

    oldbrew, at the way we’re progressing, the answer is that those were built by the gods as vantage points to throw stones at each other.

  8. johnm33 says:

    Before map shops people found there way round by star knowledge, each of these circles would have been a place for an unwinding narrative to be propagated that enhanced a mnemonic encapsulation of ‘heavens’ movements. Every star with a story, people didn’t leave home without their starnav. In Britain they generally laid out these sites to mimic constellations, with those stars necessarily sited with poor sightlines being represented by single standing stones or barrows. It was the custom for young knights to have to find all the constellations on the ground as part of a realms defensive strategy.