I was walking recently when i saw the sun setting behind a low hill . Its shape was near-oval, and it occurred to me that this may have been an influence upon the builders of rings ... if they were seeking to reinforce a connection with risings and or settings .
Some photos from Flickr follow : photo 1 ; photo 2 ; photo 3
I am particularly interested in the last one because the axis of symmetry seems to be a little bit higher than center, just as the sun emerges ... making the sun look slightly egg-shaped with the broader end up . I suggest this may have influenced the development of Long Meg and/or some of the other (roughly) egg-shaped rings . The atmospheric distortion evident may also have influenced the somewhat irregular placement of stones upon the outline .
I have also posted a number of mathematical conjectures regarding these in this forum . I do not see these as mutually exclusive, as i believe they may have wished to imbue their rings with both magics .
Possible Influences On The Shapes Of Stone Rings
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