Posted - 25/11/2008 : 18:47:14
| Dartmoor was exploited for tin in the Bronze Age, and the tin merchants built lines of stones to indicate direction and distance to various destinations, mainly coastal and estuary havens where they pulled up their boats.
There are early ninety stone rows on Dartmoor, and at least ten on Bodmin Moor.
The stone rows of Europe have never been adequately explained by Archaeologists, and they say that we may never understand them.
I have worked as a Guide for the National Park for over thirty years, and have develloped an understanding of the Bronze Age landscape. Unfortunately it has proved difficult to demonstrate this ancient and fragmented system to the academic world.
Is there a cartogrpher out there who would be willing to look at the situation, and perhaps create a map to demonstate that much of the system still exists in the modern landscape.
It can also be shown that the massive alignments of Brittany had a navigational function. Alexander Thom created plans of the carnac rows, but was unable to explain them astronomically. This may be because they were designed to give geographical information not astronomical information.
I feel that some clever cartography may enable us to solve this ancient mystery. Can anybody help!!!
Best Wishes, Roger B.Hutchns
Bronze Age Dartmoor