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Archtober5: Stone Circles

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month.

I have written about this before, but I think that the Origin of Architecture was when the first early people stood up a stone on a plane to mark a place. That initial creative act of place making and place marking was magnified and extended when standing stones were arranged in circles, like Stone Henge.

A single standing stone at Ballinagree. Photo from Wikipedia.

We don’t know what function these standing stones performed. But the act was clearly important. Standing stones were preceded by standing wooden posts. But the stones are, in my opinion, more architectural, because they were clearly meant to last longer than the lives of those erecting them. Wood decomposes. Stone lasts. They were building to make a lasting mark.

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