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A Possible Astronomically Aligned Monolith at Gardom’s Edge

Author: Dr. Daniel Brown

Nottingham Trent University


Session: OTH1: Other Topics - Posters ONLY

Presentation type: Poster      Poster Session A   


Gardom’s Edge forms part of the Peak District National Park, close to Manchester. This region has ancient remains including a Neolithic enclosure, rock art, and standing stone. A singular standing stones is rare and is ideal to study its setting in its original orientation. Results of a survey analysing the orientation of the stone are presented. The stone was found to be triangular in shape and supported by packing stones at its base. The stone has been selected for its flat side that is slanted up towards geographic south. The orientation and inclination of the slope is aligned to the altitude of the Sun at mid-summer. During the winter half-year the slanted side of the stone would remain in permanent shadow; during most of the summer half-year it would only be illuminated during the morning and afternoon; close to midsummer it would be illuminated all day. The striking seasonal illumination is used to enhance its meaning and importance. This standing stone may predate the surrounding settlements and would have been a focus point for seasonal gatherings of a widely dispersed community. It is proposed to interpret the wider Gardom’s Edge landscape with astronomy and Dark Sky Discovery in mind.

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