Shadow play…


‘Shadowing’ is our term for the phenomenon whereby a standing stone recreates a distant landscape feature and thereby renders it immediately apparent or tangible.



Most other megalithic writers on the subject have also, independently, recognised this phenomenon although they usually refer to it, less accurately, as ‘mirroring’.



This being the case, it is highly unlikely for such a notion to be the product of fantasy, yet it is still quite difficult to credit the skill set required to so accurately render this technique.



Either, the ‘circle constructors’ had an incredible eye for, and memory of, the natural landscape, which they probably did anyway , or they ‘crudely dressed’ the stones once placed.



Even more perplexing, perhaps, is the question of precisely why the circle constructors would do this? The terms ‘false perspective’, ‘collapsing distance’ and ‘correspondence’ are all useful in formulating an answer to this particular question.


All the images in this post display examples of ‘shadowing’ in one form or another, although you may have to work quite hard to discover each and every one of them.

3 thoughts on “Shadow play…

  1. Very interesting observation Stuart – I would never have noticed this without you pointing it out but it seems so obvious once you have. As the Ancients who constructed standing stones were in touch with the landscape they probably considered their work as reflecting the whole. It makes perfect sense.

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