Time to kill

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We were feeling quite pleased with ourselves after finally finding the stone circle. We still had a little time to kill before the meeting at lunchtime when we would hook up with our fellow director and one of our Companions, so we headed to a favourite spot. We wouldn’t have time to climb to the stone circle on the ridge, or the rather special and definitely pointy stone that marks its position, but it was a good spot to while away a little time and at least attempt to clean some of the mud from my feet.

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I suppose I should explain about the UPS… the Ubiquitous Pointy Stone theory. It is a contentious issue. Having visited more ancient sites than we’ve had hot dinners the past few years, it was borne upon me, at a visit to this site, that many of them are marked by pointy stones. My companion accepts this part without argument. Walking the long way up to this stone circle, I had noted that…provided you stay on the right path… the way appeared to be marked by pointy stones. If, however, you deviate from that path, you lose the triangular form from view. Could this be a deliberate trail? A mode of navigation…like a prehistoric GPS? My companion usually starts shaking his head at about this point. He may even sigh a little…

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My contention is that if the builders of the stone circles knew enough to incorporate stellar alignments, predict eclipses and set up precise astronomical relationships with the positioning of their monuments, a few pointy stones to get you from one site to the next would not be beyond them… In fact, thinking about it, maybe they used them as sighting stones for setting up the circles… hmmm…

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My companion, when he reads this, will probably have his head in his hands… but you get the general idea. Considering his theories on wandering stones, my UPS theory seems perfectly feasible…. But I digress…

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We loitered for a while near Cutthroat Bridge, a pleasant spot, in spite of its name and macabre history. Some four hundred years ago, Robert Ridge had found a man there with his throat cut. He died two days later, having been carried to nearby Bamford Hall. When the bridge was later built, the murder was remembered in its name. Even stranger, twenty years ago, the headless corpse of another murder victim was found there…

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You would not imagine such horror in the green and gold of the little valley, but then, it is seldom that we can truly judge the past by the present. What lies long-forgotten beneath our feet? What human stories have unfolded over the millennia in what we think of as our own backyard? How many tragedies, how much laughter, how many stolen kisses have happened right where we now stand? The shades of our forefathers are never far away, even if we do not see them and I wonder sometimes if the echoes of their stories are the fount of inspiration from which we drink when we pick up a pen to write.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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48 Responses to Time to kill

  1. Running Elk says:

    He probably won’t be too impressed by my SSRG system, then.

    The Solitary, Straggly Rowan Guidance system never fails… there is usually a structure under, or, at the very least, a UPS nearby… πŸ˜‰

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  2. Actually, your pointy stone theory makes sense to me. Maybe the pointy stones were originally actual pointers that travelers knew to look for. Because they were mathematically advanced, so why not?


  3. olganm says:

    I like the theory and the reflections about places too.


  4. Mary Smith says:

    I think your pointy stone theory makes absolute sense. And if they don’t point the way towards stone circles, keeping folk on the right path, what are they for? Random pointy stones?


  5. adeleulnais says:

    i agree with the markers theory but am intrigued by the wandering stones, perhaps he might enlighten?


  6. Ali Isaac says:

    I totally agree with your UPS system, having observed a similar thing over here too. Ancient sites often have a smallish standing stone with a pointy top nearby. They are almost wedge shaped but a bit rounded too. I have noticed the occasional pointy stone all by itself and wondered if they indicated a path or route or boundary of some kind. Now I know that I’m not mad… or at least that we all are! 😁


  7. tlryder says:

    I am totally on board with your pointy stone theory. Your data set might be small at the moment. It can be expanded. Pointy stones! Reveal yourselves!


  8. Helen Jones says:

    Your UPS system sounds very reasonable to me. Why not? I would love love love to go back a few thousand years ago and see how the landscape was managed by our ancestors πŸ™‚


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