Claremont Henge, California

P7200031photos by Simon Burrow, with permission

The old question–doth a trilithon a Stonehenge make? And the answer may be, It depends how desperate you are for material for your blog. In this case we have no qualms including the item since¬† noted Stonehenge replica scholar Simon Burrow suggested it. We’ll blame him! Looking at his blogs, he seems like such a thoughtful, intelligent, good-hearted person, it’s difficult to understand how he became involved in this sordid henge business, but there it is. You may see his posting of this trilithon here.

You may remember Mr. Burrow from such feats of henging as LaptopHenge and the magnificent Cellphonehenge, as well as some of the photos on the International Virtual Henge Fest page. (Click on the word Henge on the side of his blog, linked in the photo caption above, to see still more.)

P7200032Mr. Burrow likens the spiral on the hitching stone near the trilithon to the Anasazi snail design, but some of our readers may be reminded as we were, of the spiral designs carved in to stones at the Newgrange passage grave in Ireland. Although California is closer to the Anasazi sites, the trilithon’s possible reference to Stonehenge makes the Newgrange reference just as likely. Of course, the spiral is universal, and for all we know could be the logo for their tanning studio!

It’s just a trilithon with two shorter stones that we could charitably call bluestones. As for the spiral stone, well, at least it’s not an Easter Island head! Score: 5 druids. Of course, if it should turn out that everyone on this block had a trilithon and two bluestones, the score would rise rapidly. A community Stonehenge replica . . . for now it remains but a happy dream!

Blockhenge Relocated

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photo by deadeyebart a.k.a Brett

Now we have proof that henges, once assembled, turn into living things! This blockhenge, shown near the bottom of our Virtual Hengefest page, moved itself to a new location, and we know this due to its documentation by Brett Fernau, aka the Mad Henger, aka deadeyebart. We know he wouldn’t kid about something this serious!

blockhenge2The Flickr caption says, “Under mysterious circumstances, Blockhenge has been relocated and recreated. Its sudden reappearance has confused scientists who have stated that further study is needed. Personally, I think it’s evidence of alien activity.” It is soothing to know that scientists are working to solve the mystery, but we’ve been posting henges long enough to be convinced that aliens are not necessary as an explanation of peculiar activity on this planet! We carbon-based lifeforms do very well on our own, thank you.

This is a simple replica with no bluestones, altar stone, heel stone, or ditch and bank (although the square enclosure makes a gesture toward that element). It is nicely done, however, and appears to include two inner trilithons. Score: 6 druids.  We like the view off the platform in the first picture. Maybe the henge moved there in order to take it all in!