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Midsummer magic in the ancient stone circles of Orkney

MIDSUMMER Night’s Eve at Orkney’s ancient Ring of Brodgar was oppressive and gloomy. When it came to solstice-watching, the wind-driven rain ensured only a few die-hards remained huddled behind the massive sandstone monoliths, struggling to see a man in the centre of the great circle swinging a strip of leather tied round a pebble.

The man – sometimes described as “the real Robert Langdon” – was scientist and writer Dr Robert Lomas, going into prehistoric mode to put his theories about ancient astronomy into practice. He hopes his regular solstice visits to Orkney will eventually prove his theory that a 5,000-year-old system of measurement began in Northern Britain.

Read the original article at: Scotsman

Read the original article at: Scotsman

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