Neolithic Stone Circles

Neolithic Stone Circles - the roots of sacred...

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Neolithic Stone Circles Slide 9-114: Castlerigg We saw that Stonehenge is circular, but look at another stone "circle," Castle Rigg. The most striking thing about this ring is that it is flattened . In fact, many of the rings in Britain are flattened. Why Flattened? Why go to the trouble of producing a flattened circle when a circular shape is so much easier to produce? Recall that the diameter of a circle will fit around the perimeter of the circle three times, plus a bit more, actually π times, where 3.1416. . . , an irrational number. The speculation about why a stone circle was flattened was to make its perimeter an integral multiple of the radius drawn to their circular part of its perimeter. Why? According to Critchlow, "The constructions . . . were typical of those which numerically rationalize the perimeter of the primary circle. This balance between 'irrational' geometry and rational numbering is a fundamental reconciliation lying at
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Unformatted text preview: the roots of sacred geometry. . . "The squaring of the circle is a . . . symbol [of] . . . the establishing of Heaven on Earth . . . ." It was an attempt to rationalize the irrational. The Molten Sea Another example of a circle with a perimeter that is an integral multiple of the diameter is found in the bible. I KINGS, Chapter 7 reads like an installment of This Old House, where Solomon is building a house and fetched Hiram, who was "filled with wisdom and understanding, and cunning. . . ", sort of a biblical Norm Abrams. Hiram, among other things, "made a molten sea, ten cubits from one brim to the other: it was round all about . . . and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about." I suspect that those dimensions approximate. If they are accurate, then the outline must have been flattened, like some neolithic stone circles....
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