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Standing with Stones

I recently netflixed Standing with Stones, a travelogue overview of the megaliths, henges, and stone circles of Great Britain. It’s good stuff, put together by just two guys, the filmmaker and the narrator. My favorite parts were probably the segment on Men-an-Tol and a short rant about some misguided preservationists who “restored” Newgrange using Portland cement. There is maybe a bit much of “…and we have no idea what it was for!” but I suppose that’s a reflection of how ancient these stone sites are and not really the fault of the filmmakers. Personally, I had no idea there were so many sites and that they were so old. Those early Brits really liked to move rocks.

A playlist with 15 segments can be found on Youtube. The filmmakers have an interview up on Youtube and an interesting blog.

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6 Responses to “Standing with Stones”

  1. November 12th, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Michael Bott says:

    Many thanks for the mention – glad you enjoyed the film. All the best.

    Michael Bott – producer, Standing with Stones.

  2. November 12th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    ryan says:

    No problem. Thanks for making it. Like I said, I didn’t know there were so many sites until I saw the film. I enjoy the blog, too.

  3. November 13th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Daffodil Planter says:

    It’s on my list! Thank you for this review.

  4. November 13th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    lostlandscape(James) says:

    I remember a trip many years ago to a modern of Stonehenge along the Columbia River in Oregon. When I got there I was totally bummed to see that it was made from poured concrete. Gross. But maybe given a couple millennia it might develop some of that scruffy patina of age that makes almost anything look better.

  5. November 13th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    lostlandscape(James) says:

    oops…make “modern of Stonehenge” into “modern remake of Stonehenge” in my comment…

  6. November 16th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    ryan says:

    I’ve seen that replica on one of my favorite blogs, Clonehenge. Concrete just doesn’t make it as a henge material, does it? Sort of a design issue if your material needs to age for a couple of millennia before it will look good.

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