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trilithon

Two upright monoliths spanned by a third, as at Stonehenge.
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How many trilithons are standing at Stonehenge in Wiltshire?
The major work began with the paired uprights of the Great Trilithon. These dominant twin stones of the inner sarsen 'Horseshoe' were uniquely arranged with their carefully prepared flatter surfaces faced outwards towards the midwinter sunset.
Now television attempts an answer by recreating the Great Trilithon at Stonehenge using only the tools of the time.
Five stone trilithon archways are set in a V-shape, and inside sits a horseshoe pattern of 19 bluestones, dragged all the way from Wales.
Stonehenge consists of a ring of stone structures surrounding five trilithons in a horseshoe shape (trilithons are stone structures consisting of two vertical stones capped by a horizontal stone).
Picture: Peter Bolter As a child, I would picnic with my parents on a fallen bluestone at Stonehenge: in those days the henge was not cordoned off and anyone could wander round the great trilithons.
The stone-dressing work on the monument's great circle (both uprights and lintels) was accomplished by working parallel to the long sides of the stones, while the five stone 'trilithons' (the great horse-shoe arrangement of linteled stones) within the great circle were dressed by working at right-angles to the sides of the stones.
Though many readers may be unaware that modest or midsized dolmens sharing this shape and dating from the Neolithic Period still dot the British and French countrysides, the reference to pi readily conjures an image of the monumental trilithons of Stonehenge, the best-known Stone-Age Celtic site of the world.
The albumen print (above) titled Trilithons B and C from the south-west, Stonehenge was taken by a nameless Ordnance Survey photographer, c.1867.
"The labia majora could be represented by the outer stone circle, and possibly the outer mound; the labia minora by the inner circle of trilithons; the clitoris by the altar stone (which probably stood vertical), while the empty geometric center of the henge would be the birth canal," said Anthony Perks, Ph.D., and Darlene Bailey of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (J.
The Stonehenge in his picture is a jumble of fallen and collapsing stones with few of the trilithons - two uprights and a lintel - still intact.
They also erected five large "trilithons" (Greek, meaning three stones) in a horseshoe shape inside the circle.