Modern Stone Circles has Six Parts. Part One shows that major megalithic work has been a part of humankind’s history for more than 12,000 years. The ancient sites described in Part One were either discovered since publication of my Stone Circles book (Chelsea Green, 1999) or I became aware of them since then. We start with the earliest stone circles, said to date back to about 10,000 BC: Gobëkli Tepe in Turkey.
Part Two tells what is being done today, particularly in North America, as this is where I started when I built my Earthwood stone circle in 1981.
Part Three examines modern stone circles in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Wales.
Part Four returns to the U.S., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand for modern Stonehenge replicas.
Part Five, Small Stone Circles, tells what you can do even if you’ve no megaliths nearby, just small stones. Small stone circles can be very artistic, even magical. You can enjoy them in the house, garden, along pathways, even in a window box; and they’re great for planning and modeling a larger project.
Part Six: Design and Build, covers case studies of stone-raising from around the world. But the two main projects, described in detail, were built at Earthwood since my earlier book. They are: Juliesteyna, raising a 20-ton monolith by hand; and the Earthwood Trilithon, raising two 5-ton stone legs and placing another 5-ton capstone on top, eight feet up. These projects explain methodologies for standing and moving large stones, as well as for placing a stone on top of others, such as the capstones at Stonehenge.
An Addendum gives a detailed description of building the recently completed 24-stone small circle at our new residence on Chateaugay Lake, New York.