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Making Monuments: Druidic Circles

January 8, 2015

Guerilla Archaeology

Recent Stone Circles

The recent construction of megalithic monuments, in particular stone circles, within Britain can be traced back to the development of the modern Druidic movement. The antiquarian John Aubrey, who suggested in 1659 that the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge had been built by the Celts as druidic temples. The Irish author, J. J. Toland, held a meeting for druids at Primrose Hill, London in 1717 and established The Ancient Druid Order and later Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826) became the creator and father of the Gorsedd of the Bards of the Isle of Britain. This is a society of poets, writers, musicians, artists and individuals who have made a notable contribution to the nation, its language and culture.  The first ever meeting of Gorsedd was held on midsummer’s day, 21 June, 1792, on Primrose Hill, London with a special stone circle constructed.

a_gorsedd_gyntaf_1792 The first-ever Gorsedd was held on midsummer’s…

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