Re-newed Stone Circle in Sight

June 5, 2010 by  

SIGHTHILL STONE CIRCLE

A local amateur astronomer and science writer is hoping to rejuvenate a stone circle in the shadow of Sighthill’s tower blocks.
Duncan Lunan organised the construction of the stone circle over 30 years ago, when he was manager of the Glasgow Parks department’s astronomy project. The project’s goal was to accurately mirror the rise and fall of the sun and moon over the city and this was funded at the time by the Jobs Creation Scheme. Unfortunately the incoming Thatcher government cut this funding, leaving the project incomplete, with 4 stones still to be placed. Duncan explained: ‘Two were planned to be due east and west, marking the sunrise and sunset at the equinoxes. What we would like to do with the other 2 would be to put a plaque on them to explain why it is there, who built it and who it is dedicated to.’  He would also like to restore the original work and put in a path for wheelchair access.
The circle was built in honour of four academics from Glasgow University who promoted the understanding of megalithic astronomy: Professor Archie Roy, Dr Ewan McKay, Professor Alexander Thom and his son, Dr Archie Thom. The cost of the new work that will complete the project will be around £30,000.
Duncan hopes that the site can again host equinox and solstice celebrations similar to those which occurred in Scotland until the 17th century. He will be holding an illustrated talk on the Sighthill Stone Circle at the Ogilvie Centre, St Aloysius Church, Rose St, Glasgow, at 7.30pm on Monday 21 June. Following the talk there will be a visit to the circle for the midsummer sunset.

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