The Stones and the Stars

Building Scotland's Newest Megalith

  • Duncan Lunan

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Background to the Controversy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Duncan Lunan
      Pages 3-14
    3. Duncan Lunan
      Pages 15-25
    4. Duncan Lunan
      Pages 27-47
    5. Duncan Lunan
      Pages 49-105
  3. A Stone Circle for Glasgow

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Duncan Lunan
      Pages 109-168
    3. Duncan Lunan
      Pages 169-188
    4. Duncan Lunan
      Pages 189-233
    5. Duncan Lunan
      Pages 235-263
    6. Duncan Lunan
      Pages 265-289
    7. Duncan Lunan
      Pages 291-307
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 309-325

About this book


There are at least 48 identified prehistoric stone circles in Scotland.  In truth, very little is known about the people who erected them, and ultimately about what the stone circles were for.  Most stone circles are astronomically aligned, which has led to the modern debate over the significance of the alignments.  The megaliths certainly represented an enormous cooperative effort, would at the very least have demonstrated power and wealth, and being set away from any dwellings probably served a ceremonial, or perhaps religious, purpose.

Observations at the site of the stone circles, of solar, lunar, and stellar events, have already cast light on some of the questions about the construction and use of ancient megalithic observatories.

In his capacity as manager of the Glasgow Parks Department Astronomy Project, author Duncan Lunan designed and built in the late 1970s Sighthill, the first astronomically aligned stone circle in Britain in over 3,000 years.  The Stones and the Stars examines the case for astronomical alignments of stone circles and charts the development of a fascinating project with a strong scientific and historical flavor.  The work was documented in detail by artist and photographer Gavin Roberts, and the book contains a large selection of illustrations that bring the project vividly to life.


Ancient astronomy Archaeoastronomy sites Astronomical alignments Astronomical events Megalithic astronomy Megalithic sites Modern Stonehenge Parks Astronomy Project Sighthill Park Standstill lunar events Stone circles

Authors and affiliations

  • Duncan Lunan
    • 1
  1. 1.TroonUnited Kingdom

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