photos from Rob Roy of the Earthwood Building School, by permission
In accordance with Henginess Rule number 4, we are once more posting a simple trilithon. But what an illustrious group of megalithic engineers contributed to its making! We’ve mentioned Pavel Pavel here before, but others prominent in the megalith moving movement were present also. [See this link].
The uprights had been erected and deeply anchored in previous years, so at the International Megalithic Conference in August 2007, the job was to top them with the lintel. Two different methods were used in an effort to compare them, as is described on the page linked above. This is how to build your own ancient wonder!
The result is outstanding. What a great thing to have in one’s garden! We might wish the stones were more naturally-shaped so that it resembled Stonehenge more and a torii gate less. But the torii gate’s symbolism of passing from the sacred into the profane or vice versa is not irrelevant to the psychological power of the trilithon.
Score: 5½ druids. Not a Stonehenge replica in full, but a nice gesture to the original builders!
Anyone who would like to read a very informative article by Rob Roy on the process of this trilithon’s building, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will send it to you.
photo from Strakonice promotional materials
Pavel Pavel, a Czech engineer, built this trilithon in the town of Strakonice in order to demonstrate a method of lifting heavy lintels into place without modern machinery, hoping to show how Stonehenge could have been built. So like its closest Stonehenge replica neighbor, Stonehenge in der Oberpfalz, it qualifies as a Stonehenge replica because of the intention of its builders. More recent (and better) pictures than this one show an arc of boulders placed with it to form a circle.
Delightfully, Pavel Pavel’s interest in prehistoric stone-moving techniques resulted in another experiment. He also had an Easter Island head made of concrete and used it to show how those sculptures might have been walked over the land with the help of a surpisingly small number of people. (Does enjoying the eccentricities of automatically- translated pages make us bad people?) So, while we are not certain, the town of Strakonice may qualify for our list of places* that have BOTH a Stonehenge replica and a moai. How did we not find this one sooner?!
Score: 5½ druids. It’s little more than a trilithon, after all. But it’s another proof of the world’s fascination with the Wiltshire wonder!
*Kennewick Stonehenge, Texas’s Stonehenge II, Harry Rossett’s Stonehenge, and Tom’s Stonehenge from the Gardens of Hope–and those are just the ones we know of!