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   CaliforniaMama  Thursday Oct 6 09:34 AM

October 6, 2011 Stacked Rocks Monastery

While we are on the topic of stacked rocks . . .



This 1400 year old Gaelic Monastery sits on an Irish island called Skellig Michael (Michael's Rock). These behive-shaped huts are called clochans.

They think it was founded in the 7th century and saw 600 years of life. What they don't know is who and why.

Another little mystery is why the Vikings raided the island. Maybe because it was there?

Photo credit: Don Richards

via kuriositas



Lamplighter  Thursday Oct 6 09:59 AM

I'm taken by the double lintels and stabilizing stones midway up the doorway...
architectural engineering that saved lives.



BigV  Thursday Oct 6 10:37 AM

Yes, that has a definite "doorway 2.0" look to it, doesn't it?



footfootfoot  Thursday Oct 6 11:38 AM

That's an early transom.



Gravdigr  Thursday Oct 6 12:17 PM

Wow, we were all taken by the same thing.



Wombat  Thursday Oct 6 06:18 PM

If they are called clochans they are bell-shaped, not beehive-shaped ;-)



HungLikeJesus  Thursday Oct 6 07:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
Wow, we were all taken by the same thing.
You mean ?


CaliforniaMama  Friday Oct 7 10:04 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wombat View Post
If they are called clochans they are bell-shaped, not beehive-shaped ;-)
In place of the author, I stand corrected.


footfootfoot  Friday Oct 7 10:12 AM

a Bee Skep and a Glass Cloche

A cloche by any other name would ring as sweet...



Trilby  Friday Oct 7 11:37 AM

"The Bell Cloche" just doesn't have the same 'ring' to it....



footfootfoot  Friday Oct 7 11:48 AM

Ask not for whom the Bell Cloches, it cloches for bee.



BigV  Friday Oct 7 11:50 AM

well done.

!!!



Trilby  Friday Oct 7 05:36 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
Ask not for whom the Bell Cloches, it cloches for bee.
gawd I'm in love with you.


footfootfoot  Friday Oct 7 09:44 PM




DanaC  Saturday Oct 8 05:31 AM

Wow. How completely marvellous.

As to the viking raids: most likely even an order of monks living aesthetic lives would still have had valuable books. The norsemen used to take the books and strip off the valuable metals and even jewels which were often used to cover them. Likewise there may well have been silver items in their chapel.

Also, given their position, it's possible they were hoping to find food stores, and used it as a staging post.



CaliforniaMama  Saturday Oct 8 10:20 AM

So, I am curious . . .

Why all those spikes of rock sticking out all over the place? It seems like it would be hard to balance the other rocks on top. It seem like the sticky-outy rocks would want to tilt the rocks on top . . .

I wonder if that was part of the point?

Would there be a reason to have that upward pressure against the rocks being placed on top of the pointy-outy rocks?

I know nothing about engineering . . .

PS: What's up with the smilies in the right panel (when writing reply)? It seems like they were always in the same place and today they keep changing around on me.

I can't deal with the chaos!



HungLikeJesus  Saturday Oct 8 10:36 AM

Maybe those are steps to stand on when shoveling the snow off the roof.



BigV  Saturday Oct 8 11:48 AM

those are rocks that were somewhat bigger than the hole they fit into during the assembly process.



footfootfoot  Saturday Oct 8 11:50 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama View Post
So, I am curious . . .

Why all those spikes of rock sticking out all over the place? It seems like it would be hard to balance the other rocks on top. It seem like the sticky-outy rocks would want to tilt the rocks on top . . .

I wonder if that was part of the point?

Would there be a reason to have that upward pressure against the rocks being placed on top of the pointy-outy rocks?

I know nothing about engineering . . .
I'm guessing they project into the dome and are some sort of rafter support or beam. They might be projecting out to balance the weight a bit more, like a cantilevered beam. ?


footfootfoot  Saturday Oct 8 11:53 AM

Here we go:

Quote:
The dry-stone walls of the clochans are almost 2m thick, square in plan, with circular roofs. Most have wall recesses but no windows. The two largest have projecting corbels inside and out that were used for securing thatch or stopping sods from slipping



HungLikeJesus  Saturday Oct 8 12:15 PM

Yes, you don't want your sods slipping.



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