65. The King Stone, being triangular in section, allows its north face to look approximately north, whilst its south face points at the winter solstice and becomes illuminated by the rising sun, as seen here.
67. Picture taken from the busy A424 between Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford. This is where the southernmost moon will set in 2033. Several springs in these ravines supply the Winterbourne and Thames. The village of Upper Rissington is hidden behind the trees.
68. Returning to Avebury. This is a picture of Avebury's Palisades as they would have appeared from the top of the West Kennet long barrow. Hundreds of pigs were sacrificed for bones that could be used to help hold up the timber posts - some 2,000 of them! And this took place 1,000-years before nine-month-old pigs were sacrificed at Durrington Walls.
69. Longstone’s Cove and the double-stone-row of the Beckhampton Avenue that led to Avebury. A: Stone still standing. B: Fallen. C&D: Stones destroyed by Richard Fowler - among others. E: The only stone of the whole avenue still standing. F, F: thrown down & half buried. William Stukeley 21 May 1724.
The stones of the Cove, A, B, C and D, can be seen to be female types.
I have two archaeological ground-plans of the Longstone's Cove at Beckhampton. And there is far more to learn about this site than what the Cove alone tells us. One such plan can be found in 'Avebury', page 80, by Gilling's and Pollard, who excavated the Cove in 1999. The other plan can be found in 'Chalkland' page 105, by Andrew Lawson.
Typically, the plans don't match, and this is most likely to prevent copying and further research. Out of the two, Lawson's plan appears to be the most accurate. The scales are not in agreement either, and at 50 and 100 metres, are too small to be much use, anyway. No matter - Gilling's and Pollards text tells us that the 'Oval Enclosure,' found adjacent to the Cove, measures 140 by 110 metres. These figures are more useful for accurate scaling.
Avebury's Longstone's Enclosure at Beckhampton, expresses a simple wish for exponential growth. The Beckhampton Cove is dwarfed by the shear size of this enclosure.
Call the enclosure what you will, but do not call a 'henge.' I have lost count of the number of researchers who, after studying the monuments have concluded that henge's were meant to be wombs. That's all very well, but proving it is another matter. These people are right, of course - they are wombs. But anti-henge's, i.e., where the bank is on the inside of the ditch, like the enclosure above, is altogether something else!
The archaeologically researched section of the Beckhampton Avenue of stones, seen above, is accurately aligned on the northernmost rising of the moon and its counterpart, the southernmost setting. These alignments point to the major standstills of the moon. Tell me that archaeologists don't know already this! Beyond this section, the avenue took a more direct route before entering the western causeway of the Avebury henge - or it did before its stones were destroyed.
The Enclosure demonstrates something that we already know. Early folk had pinpointed north, south, east and west, and divided the horizon into accurate 10-degree lots. Also, and as if to further the principle of growth, the start of the Beckhampton Avenue was further subdivided into 5-degree lots.
Note how I regard the Beckhampton avenue as entering the henge, not exiting it.
Since consensus of opinion shows many to believe henge's to be wombs, the Longstone's Enclosure has to be an Ovary and the Beckhampton Avenue a fallopian tube.
The Beckhampton Enclosure and cove is built to look down the valley that goes from Beckhampton to Devizes. This valley offered a long-distant view to where the southernmost moon comes to ground down the sloping sides of Hemp Knoll. It also valley also provides a fine view of the winter sun as it sets into Bishop's Canning Down.
Dividing the horizon into 10-degree lots appears not good enough for Avebury folk who set two pairs of stones round at an azimuth of 135-degrees and another pair determining the Cove axis at 125.
Anyone travelling from the hamlet of Beckhampton to Avebury will notice how the road goes up and over a low rise, or hill. The South Street long barrow was built to take advantage of this hill because it gave a clear view of the rising Pleiades. Not to mention the equinoctial sun and moon!
It can also be seen from the above that the first section of the Beckhampton Avenue took advantage of this hill. Whilst its stone positions are pinned down to the nearest 5 and 10-degrees, the dotted red lines are drawn to give an indication of the southernmost rising of the sun -the winter solstice. The dotted blue lines indicate the southernmost rising of the moon - a Major Standstill. And whilst I am sure that being able to view the sun and moon as they rise above this hill, we cannot consider these as alignments.
We have a similar problem with the Cove, whose axis is fixed at 55-degrees east of south, (Azimuth 125). This is why Adam, actually a female-type stone, and its missing partner, 'another female type stone' are splayed out, some 45-degrees, to collect up as much light as possible
This cove was very likely mankind’s earliest attempt at producing an infinity loop.
There are several kinds of infinity loops: a short length of magnetic tape, spliced to make a circle, which plays the same piece of music over and over again: A mini code that causes a computer crash by repeating the same instruction: An infinity loop between Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa which caused a conversation to go on, ad-infinitum.
Infinity loops are brought to an end by the external force that initiated them: The tape, by switching off the recorder: The computer by removing the offensive code: The repeating conversation between Alexa and Assistant by a fresh instruction from the loudspeaker that set them off in the first place.
The initiator of the Beckhampton Cove was meant to be light from the sun entering an all-female box-like structure.
LASERS (Correctly capitalised) have parallel mirrors which concentrate and amplify light by bouncing it around between them. But there is a big difference. One of those mirrors is less than perfect. And this allows some bounced light to escape. But only after amplification. LASERS too, are excited and terminated by an external source (of light).
We will hear more about LASERS and Stonehenge, as we go along.
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