By way of a follow up to John’s ‘simulacra’ posting (I thought I'd better post something this week, even if it's got nothing to do with the Wyre), being the cynical so-and-so that I am I’m usually tempted to dismiss such ideas as flights of fancy; personal interpretation and all that. However, Michelle insists that she also spotted one at Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria. The photograph below shows the stone itself.
You might be wondering at this point: “Where’s the simulacra?” Well, apparently, it was an awful lot clearer from a distance and the photograph doesn't exactly do it justice. However, with the aid of a little computer technology, (all right...I used the paintbrush in Adobe Photoshop) we can give you some impression of what it looked like in reality.
Von Danikon (or however his name was spelt) would be having a fit by now. But let’s not move too far into the realms of flying saucers and greys and such. This style of carving (if, course, it is a carving and not just some coincidental weather erosion) can be found elsewhere in the historic world, such as on the Iron Age ‘Gundestrup Cauldron’ discovered in a bog in Denmark. Long pointed faces and almond shaped eyes are common in Iron Age decorations.
The Castlerigg stone certainly shows signs of having been worked by hand, as the following photograph taken from the side demonstrates.
So, was the face deliberately carved or not? Again, it’s impossible to say but, like John's discovery at Stone Henge, it’s not an idea that should be instantly dismissed.