MEMORIES AND MYTHS
STONEHENGE AND THE MEGALITHIC CULTURE
Showing the direction the book will take with examples of memories. ‘Myth’ is used here of a memory with a ritual element,
Section One Preparation
Geographical range and Neolithic date of the Megalithic Maritime Culture of the Atlantic Coast. This is the material background to memories and myths .
Chapter 1a Literary and scientific sources that can be compared to the archaeological framework .
Chapter 1b Methods: dating memories and myths, analysis of names, using tables, using dubious sources etc
Chapter 1c Aspects of paganism that are often referred to in literary sources: mounds, the Goddess of Sovereignty, the Holy Grail, mutilation, depositions etc
Chapter 2a Round Barrows with chambers and passages and. Dolmens. These are the characteristic features of the Atlantic coastal culture.
Chapter 2b Stone Pillars and Stone Circles. These are not restricted to the megalithic coastal zone and some may not be neolithic.
Chapter 2c Banked enclosures of the Neolithic and some decorated stones etc
Chapter 3 Five ritual landscapes showing preference for large sites over many centuries: Southern Brittany, Stonehenge, Maes Howe, Newgrange and Avebury
Section Two Descriptions of Memories and Myths
Chaoter 4 Pre-Christian Cults in the Atlantic Coast.
Chapter 5 Relevant classical and Celtic references to gods in Ireland and Britain includes Table 1
Chapter 6 Stories of lovers in underground chambers compared with a type of stone chamber in reality, includes Table 2.
Chapter 7 Stage 1 in the northward journey of British culture. From Brittany to Wales
Chapter 8 Stage 2 from Wales to Stonehenge includes Table 3.
Chapter 9 Vigorous rulers chose by combat. How Stonehenge was abandoned, use of metals and a new system was used to select a consort for the Sovereignty
Appendix: Naked eye astronomy in the Neolithic
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