Sighthill Solstice

June 29, 2010 by  

by Lynsay Keough, photos Stuart Maxwell

Duncan Lunan at the Sighthill Circle

Duncan Lunan at the Sighthill Circle

A local amateur astronomer, Duncan Lunan, held an illustrated talk recently at St. Aloysius Church on his work constructing a stone circle in Sighthill Park. The talk, on 21 June, the summer solstice, was followed by a walk to the circle to watch the sun go down.
Duncan 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. However, due to funding cuts at the time, four stones were left unplaced.  Duncan now hopes to secure funding due to renewed interest. He explained: ‘Two stones 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 two is put a plaque on them to explain why they are there, who built the circle 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 Glasgow University academics 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 to complete the project, is estimated at around £30,000.

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