I have been walking in the Lammermuir Hills and am discovering that our ancestors have walked here for millennium. In reference to Professor Colin Richards, I photographed myself merging into the stones, thereby becoming a temporary skin for the stone, and me wearing the stone. I am interested in the names given to the stone circles in the area. Was Nine Stones Circle a place for a birthing ritual? Imagine the pregnant women laid down on a carpet of heather or crouching between the stones for support. Amniotic fluid and blood seep into the earth and stones during the birth. The placenta gathered and made into broth to restore the mothers strength. Perhaps the circle was seen as neolithic temple sacred to Cailleach Bhearra, the Celtic goddess of creation and destruction.
Iron Age hill fort: White Castle, Lammermuir Hills, East Lothian. Sunrising.
Pathway to White Castle.
White Castle sits by an important route south, through the Lammermuir Hills towards the Herring Road to Lauder.