This article also appears on Dorian Cope’s blog On This Deity. The rise and fall of Easter Island is a parable for our times; a warning from history of what happens when our selfish species doesn’t pay close attention to every detail of Planet Three’s precious natural resources. On Easter Sunday 1722 Dutch sailor Jacob Roggeveen [...]
A lifetime’s ambition was achieved last month when Moth and I visited Easter Island, the most isolated inhabited place on the planet, rightly famous for its giant stone sculptures. It was a joy to sit and sketch them. On this page of my sketchbook, I drew in the bougainvillea garland I was presented with when [...]
My map of Avebury, pictured here with me at the stones, is now on sale in The Henge Shop, Avebury. Or, if you’re not in Avebury, you can get one right here … folded in a cover, as shown, or flat and signed for framing.
I’m delighted to announce the publication – at long last – of my newest hand-drawn map; of the unique and ancient village of Avebury in Wiltshire. Click on the image to enlarge it. It shows all the features you’d expect – the henge, stones, shops, houses, pubs and roads – and some you wouldn’t expect! [...]
On a high desert plateau in the west of Peru are a spectacular series of massive geoglyphs known as the Nazca lines. The dry and windless climate has preserved the geoglyphs in superb condition. They were made sometime between 400 and 650 AD by the long-gone Nazca people, possibly as part of a water cult. [...]
I so enjoyed making my map of Eynsham last month, I thought I’d have a crack at the beautiful neighbouring villages of Stanton Harcourt and Sutton, where my family live. Click on the map to enlarge it. I have emphasised the natural history of the place, as well as the many gorgeous historic buildings, ancient [...]
13 June 2009
Today we were to meet up with a few people at Long Meg, a huge menhir in Cumbria. But before we did we thought we’d first swing by …
12 June 2009
It’s amazing just how many wonderful prehistoric sites you can cram into one short trip if you’re so inclined. Cumbria has many stone circles, some of which I had not yet visited.
Neolithic and bronze age ancient monuments have been destroyed down the ages. Medieval farmers cleared them from fields, christians tore them down for being pagan, and now they are neglected and damaged by modern farming practices. We seem only to val…keep looking »