Welcome to another week of the History Challenge. To kick of this weeks challenge we travel across the pond to the US and Augusta, Maine to check out the old Kennebec Arsenal from the 1800’s which later saw use as the states mental hospital. Then we travel to the other side of the world to explore the stunning ruins of the Khmer Hindu temple at Wat Phou in Laos. For the remainder of this weeks challenge its back to the emerald Isle and this week I have decided to concentrate on one of my most favourite artifacts from Neolithic Culture. The Standing Stone. The three I have chosen for this week can all be found in my county, Kildare, and form part of what I call the magnificent seven, all collectionn of several magnificent stones all to be found in the Kildare area. First up is the unusual holed stone of Johnstown, followed by beast that is the longstone in Craddockstown West. Finally we come to the nearby longstone of Punchestown Great.
I must admit that running this challenge for the past few months has been a fantastic time which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunatly for whatever reason over recent weeks numbers have been dwindling and I have found myself having to fill the gap with numerous images from the ruinhunters archives. I have been torn between keeping it going or calling it a day, which would be a shame, so im going to try my best to keep going until the end of the year. If interest is still low by the end of the month then it may be time to put the challenge to rest. If you would like to help keep this great history challenge going into the new year, please get in touch, or better still submit an image. Details can be found at the end of this post.
1. Kennebec Arsenal, Augusta, MA. By Noelle Granger @SailingAway
2. Khmer Hindu Temple, Wat Phou, Laos. By Phil Platt @WheresPhil
3. Holed Longstone, Johnstown, Kidare, Ireland. By Ed Mooney @EdMooneyPhotography
4. Longstone, Craddockstown West, Kildare, Ireland. By Ed Mooney @EdMooneyPhotography
5. Longstone, Punchestown Great, Kildare, Ireland. By Ed Mooney @EdMooneyPhotography
The Stone at Johnstown also known as Mauldins Holed Stone is quite unusual. The hole near the top of the stone, must have served some purpose, but to what that may be I just dont know. It has been said that this stone is aligned with the Summer Solstice. So perhaps at a point in the year the sun would shine through this hole, much like an ancient Calender? To read more, click HERE. The great big Monolith at Craddockstown West standing at over five meters in height is a fantastic sight to behold, set in the middle of a field of crops on slightly raised ground, there are some stunning veiws of the surrounding countryside. To see more of this click HERE. A short walk up the road in another field we find another impressive Monolith at Punchestown Great, This happens to be the tallest of the magnificent seven in Kildare at over seven meters in height, but is quite difficult to access. A number of years ago the landowner erected a protective fence around it, presummable to keep animals using it as a scratching stone, which I thought was reallt nice. To find out more, click HERE.
So here is how you too, can join in;
The plan is quite simple, each Wednesday I will be posting an image of a random site with a heritage connection. Any images sent in will be included in the challenge along with your name and a link to your site. Full credit is given to each participant. The joy of this challenge is that we can all participate and share our images whilst raising the awareness of our own particular History and Heritage. The image can be anything from an old Church or Castle, to a Battlefield or Neolithic tomb, the choices are endless. And you can capture the image on any device you choose to. It can be in colour, black and white or any variation. The important thing is that we share.
And so to make sure that the challenge runs smoothly here are a few notes on how to participate:
- All images must have been taking by you, there is no time restriction on this and you retain the copyright for your images
- Images should be submitted via email by no later than midnight GMT on the Sunday before so I can ensure the challenge is ready to be posted on the Wednesday morning. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
- You don’t have to even have to be a WordPress blogger. This challenge is open to everyone, please include your name and a link back to your blog, website or social media page.
- Images should be kept at low resolution with the largest side at 1000 pixels or less, if you need help with this you can pm me.
- Once the challenge is published I will delete all files and mails from that week .
- Each contributor should write a small piece about their image on their blog, for readers to check out, or at least the history behind the shot by adding to the comments of each challenge.