The New Yorker and Stonehenge

A friend sent me a seven-page article on Stonehenge from the April 21 edition of The New Yorker magazine. It’s good background information and completely in keeping with the story told in The Stonehenge Scrolls. I’m always intrigued that Stonehenge continues to fascinate us after four thousand plus years, especially in these times when the latest trend or hot news story becomes so quickly outdated or replaced by the next newest thing.

Unlike the hype surrounding the summer solstice sunrise at Stonehenge, The New Yorker article focuses on a winter solstice visit. I believe the winter solstice was more important to the Stonehenge builders than the summer–as evidenced by the fact that the tallest trilithon at Stonehenge is aligned with the winter sunset. But the numerous modern-day Druids the article describes gathered at the wrong time of day, sunrise instead of sunset.

The author had the privilege, as I did, of entering the circle and standing alongside the huge forty-ton stones. That truly awesome experience inspired several scenes in The Stonehenge Scrolls

New Stonehenge Discoveries

Several readers sent me a link to recent Associated Press story about new theories of Stonehenge. I’m always amazed that, after 5,000 years, Stonehenge still makes news! Many of us continue to be fascinated by this wonderful structure from the Neolithic age.

I’m happy to report this latest theory from University College London supports many of the ideas in The Stonehenge Scrolls, including that the Stonehenge site was used for generations before the stone circle was erected. And that building the circle took only a decade or so. And that the building project served to unite the clans of Britain.

When I was writing and revising and re-revising The Stonehenge Scrolls, I was always terrified that some new archaeological discovery would completely undermine the premise of my novel. Of course, since the building of Stonehenge occurred in pre-history, no one can really say for certain what happened. But fiction can sometimes contain more truth than readers suspect!