allean

jun-20 | #alleanforest #strathtummel #perthshire
mid-summer, early-afternoon, solstice

Exploring the ruined ring fort that served as a homestead and lookout point for a family of Picts who lived here more than a thousand years ago, on the day before archeologists announce the discovery of a neolithic circle of deep shafts near Stonehenge. Constructed 4,500 years ago, they describe the find as a ‘masterpiece of engineering’ and that it provides evidence that these ancient peoples had ‘developed a way to count’.

Surely we are ready to rethink our assessment of how these incredible structures were actually built and of the people who created them? There is some hope in the words of Dr Richard Bates, St Andrew’s University who acknowledged: “Yet again, the use of a multidisciplinary effort with remote sensing and careful sampling is giving us an insight to the past that shows an even more complex society than we could ever imagine. Clearly sophisticated practices demonstrate that the people were so in tune with natural events to an extent that we can barely conceive in the modern world we live in today.”

When you stand within the structure created at Allean – which is situated on surely the most perfect plateau on the whole of Strathtummel – how could anyone think these people didn’t know exactly what they were doing when they chose to make their home here?

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3 Replies to “allean”

  1. Absolutely… We’ve have such a superficial and contorted idea, taught to us through disembodied, unsovereign thinking, about the ‘past’ and about how we need to reject or manipulate nature rather than live in great symbiosis with us all being part of a whole… Thank you for this beautiful insight and these glorious photos ❤

    1. Thank you, lovely lady ❤ It really is a breathtaking spot – with a view all the way up to Glen Coe – so full of power, connection, reverence and yes, intelligence. How these ‘experts’ can possibly think these ancient societies had only just mastered the ability to count (?) says so much about our own arrogance, limitations and lack of understanding.

      1. YES! I commented some time ago on a Fbook group about the Sheila-na-gig figures, on how there was VERY EVIDENTLY an awareness in those times of the infinite power of womb and feminine vitality, ecstatic birth, and women’s mystical relationship with all things… Some stuffy white male (predictably) retorted that there was no ‘evidence’ (in his limited life experience) of that ‘theory’. Entitlement ‘logic’ of tight academical thinking, which squeezes the magic out of life, by asking us all to numb our sentient relationship with the world! I’m so bored of that!! I love your description of this place, and your sentient awareness of it – which comes through in the beautiful photos – so glad that we’re rewriting reality 😉

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