The Star Temple of Avalon: Glastonbury’s Ancient Observatory Revealed

by Nicholas R Mann & Philippa Glasson

reviewed by John Canard for the Esoteric Book Review

This is a fascinating work which illuminates a complex field.  Archaeoastronomy is a difficult area, as much of it is by its nature speculative, exploring the patterns of movement of the stars and planets in monuments left by our ancestors.  In the days of computers and modelling software, we can obviously make more informed decisions rather than having to rely so much on guesswork, but the artistic element is still present in deciphering the references in myths and legends.

This book is absolutely full of pictures and photographs, which are necessary to explain the abundance of references to the positions of heavenly bodies at significant times, such as the solstices and equinoxes.  One area where this book leaps ahead is in its consideration of the whole landscape and its connection to the stars.  The authors do not just concentrate on the Tor at Glastonbury (though this does form a large part of the discussions), but also look at all the features in the surrounding landscape.

This is a challenging book, as it is one of those leading the way in what is a relatively young field, and as such there are sure to be many more questions than answers.  Having said this, it is fascinating, and left me pondering the relationship between the earth and the heavens, and how man not only is influenced by it, but records and uses it too.