Megalithes and Stone Masonry
This Lübeck Haus Bookstore catalogue page has books on megalithes, stone circles, futhark and runes, amber and amber uses, meteorites, and other books on fossils and Paleontology.
Included are books on Stonehedge, Avebury, Woodhenge, neolithic religious sites, continental European megaliths, Easter Island, and several other interesting
megaliths and prehistoric stonework.
These books may be of interest to paleontogists, runecasters, archaeologists and lay readers alike.
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Megalithes, Futhark and Amber Books
Great Stone Circles: Fables, Fictions, Facts
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-Aubrey Burl / Hardcover 216 pages / Published May 1999
This interesting book covers a dozen of the most evocative rings and proposes sometimes surprising answers to questions about
the stone circles. Covers their purpose, construction, age, design, art, legends, and their relation to astronomy.
Considers the fables, fictions and facts associated with 12 such sites and the author ventures his own explanations.
Some of the sites include, Stanton Drew, Swinside, the Rollrights, Long Meg, the Land's End cluster, Stonehenge and Woodhenge.
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Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty: Understanding the Lost Technology of the Ancient Megalith Builders
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-John Burke, Halberg Kaj / Paperback 286 Pages / Published November 2005
There are several methods of constructing dykes, depending on the quantity and type of stones available. Most dykes are
constructed from stones and boulders cleared from the fields during preparation for agriculture. In areas where stones
are plentiful double wall dykes are preferred but where stones are scarcer single wall dykes may be made. If the area
contains boulders, boulder dykes will often be constructed. Boulder dykes are a type of single wall dyke in which the
bottom row consists of boulders, upon which and around which smaller stones are placed.
A double wall dyke may be constructed by placing two rows of stones along the boundary to be walled. The rows are
basically large flattish stones. Smaller stones may be used as chocks in areas where the natural stone shape is more
rounded. The walls are built up to the desired height layer by layer, and at intervals, large tie-stones are placed which
span both walls. These have the effect of bonding what would otherwise be two thin walls leaning against each other and
greatly increase the strength of the dyke. The final layer on the top of the dyke also consists of large stones, called
cap stones. Like the tie stones, the cap stones span the entire width of the dyke and prevent it breaking apart.
Single wall dykes work best with flatter stones. The largest stones should be placed at the bottom of the wall and the
whole wall should taper towards the top.
Whichever method is used to build a dyke, a good deal of skill is required. The choice of the correct stone for every
position in the dyke makes an enormous difference to the lifetime of the finished product and a skilled dyker will take
time over the selection.
While the dry-stone technique is generally used for field enclosures, it was also used for buildings. The traditional
turf-roofed Highland Black house was constructed using the double wall dry stone method. When buildings are constructed
using this method, the middle of the wall is generally filled with earth or sand in order to eliminate draughts. During
the Iron Age and perhaps earlier, the technique was also used to build fortifications such as the walls of the Maiden
Castle, Reeth and the rampart of the Long Scar Dyke.
As with many older crafts, skilled dykers are in short supply. With the advent of modern wire fencing, fields can be
fenced with much less time and expense using wire than using stone dykes. However the initial expense of building dykes
is offset by their sturdiness and consequent long, low-maintenance lifetimes. As a result dykers remain in demand, as
do the dykes themselves.
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This page was published November 6, 1998.
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