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Stanton Drew

32 33 geomeTry of The CirCleS triangles octagons It was C. W. Dymond, in his 1877 essay Megalithic Monuments at Stanton Drew, who first noticed the edge alignment between the three circles of the monument shown as a dotted line in the diagram lower opposite. Little did he realise at the time what he had stumbled upon, for it was not until the 20th century, with Alfred Watkins perception that edgealignments are common in Neolithic alignments, and the astroarchaeological discovery that the edge alignment at Stanton Drew also marks the southernmost moonset from the site, that the full importance of this piece of the jigsaw began to be appreciated. Another important relationship present at Stanton Drew is a northerly edgealignment shown as a dotted line opposite top, almost identical to the layout of the Avebury henge relative to the position of Silbury Hill. Left The northerly edge alignment between the Great Circle and the Southeastern Circle. Also shown is the fact that the distance between the centres of the Great Circle and the Northeastern Circle is equal to the diameter of the great circle, this being shown by an equilateral triangle after Martineau. Right The edgealignment discovered by C. W. Dymond which is also the southernmost moonset line after Anthony Kennish. Also shown is the octagonal geometry which unifies the edge alignment with the midwinter sunset line after Martineau. Opposite William Barnes plan of the site. south ernm ost m oon set midwin ter suns et Cove
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