ancient landscape of Britainis a subject of fascination to very many people. They
love to visit stone circles and rows, passage mounds and dolmens and
individual standing stones whose purpose now seems mysterious and
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
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.
LECTURE by ROBIN HEATH
World Theatre CARDIGAN
will demonstrate that Stonehenge was first
developed in Wales with an
illustrated afternoon packed with photos and models.
and Landscape is the website of:
Robin 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 BathSpaUniversityCollegeand teaches astronomy at an Oxford University FAS
summer school. He is a consultant to the Ouroboros Research and Education
Irene Earis (died November
Irene Earis held an M.A (Oxon) in English
Literature and an M.A. (Bath Spa) in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology,was a
qualified teacher and spent many years examining astronomical alignments of
megalithic sites in mid Wales.
Irene Earis: Sky and Landscape: A Field Guide to
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,
18 pages, free PDF download - 2MB.