Monthly Archives: November 2014

King Authur’s Hall

KAH 3King Arthurs Hall, King Arthur`s Downs, Bodmin ( SX1296 7765 )
Visited 2nd November 2014

A short summary………….

This is a large rectangular henge ( 156ft x 68ft ), at the top of a hill, on a North-South alignment, with 56 flat slab stones on the inside of the henge. The rectangular centre, due to a spring, is mostly wet, with reeds, and to the south, it has rising sphagnum moss. To the north, and north-west – Rough Tor and Brown Willy, with the large Fernacre Stone circle below them.

Our Findings:-

It was not an animal pound, neither would it “work” as an animal pound. Foot rot for sheep, cattle would destroy the base, ponies, not for long. It is thought that`s a “city” assumption, not a countryman`s. It was not “a place of the dead”……ie., a neolithic graveyard.
Neither was it “roofed”, or a “swimming pool”. i.e., it was not a ” walled,enclosed, roofed, let`s eat and get drunk ,”Meeting Hall”

It`s reason for being was “the Spring”. Which is still active! ( we noticed the behaviour of the two labrador dogs….they loved it , chasing each other over the energetic Spring. The Spring is to the North, South is where the Moss is, and they didn`t go there ) It was a happy, communal site. For families, not just the Elders. “Medition”, and “sanctuary”, came to mind. You would be “still” and “safe” here. ( notice how long we stayed…. a good spot, is a good spot).

Erected, between 3,100 – 3,500 (earliest) BC. ( this depends on different dowsers, and from which area they were doing the dating. Nobody actually got 3,500. – but 3,100-3200 BC came up most). In active use for about 900 years. So, Neolithic to early Bronze age.

Order of building, scoop out earth banks, paving, on South side, you may have the rock floor on the North. ( there is a the difference in the flora ) The flat slab upright banking stones last. These stones were interesting in themselves, different heights, and where they were positioned. All where as dead as a gatepost .ie.., stones in Circles. Standing Menhirs, all have “intention” in them, and energetically transmit at 7 levels. These didn`t. They are just flat brought-in moorstones.. Possibly backrest for sitting people? Well, it`s a thought. Why go beyond that? Largest for the elders, small ones for children? Why not a simple explanation?
If you were sitting there, for a time , wouldn`t you like a backrest?

The clockwise energy of the site comes from the banking. Northside, the outside banking , contained a number (?) of later Cremations, ( iron-age?) only a few on the outer Southside.
But the settlements the Site serviced were to the North, and we have the North East corner as originally the main entrance. We also have two female burials in that immediate area.
( Different times, and different placings, but both, by that N-E entrance.).

We think that the area of low level water ( it was never high, ankle deep) could have to do with sun and moon reflection. and all of us got a strong September/October usage of the site. ( The Sea-tidal Autumn “Neaps” are then, so more water? ) The Autumn equinox sunset acutely visable from there. The North/ South alignment meant the Summer Solstice could be
observed, sunrise, sunset from saddle “notches” in the distant hills,plus the miday sun passing over the water, and we today/now think they celebrated miday as well…..and what of the winter Solstice Moon, over that water?

The question was raised- ” Was the site:- Ceremonial, Ritual, Religious, and/or Spiritual? ” Well, those words had different meanings to each us, so we settled for the commonplace…

Water, was it`s reason for being. Also, a solstice/equinox observation site. Rather magical in its day.

The early Islam Scientists used to study the sun by observing it in water reflections:- pools, ponds, oasis. Didn`t damage their eyes so much What Science did our ancients know that we have forgotten? And are forgetting? Our Group will return to explore in the Spring, 2015, the sites to the “South” of KAH. Very strong energetic pull, if we had the time, that`s where we have gone next. Not North, the Fernacre Circle area, but South… isn`t that interesting?