Sighthill Stone Circle

A modern stone circle located at the top of Broom Hill in Sighthill Park in N Glasgow, the Sighthill Stone Circle was constructed as part of a job-creation programme in 1979, with the help of the Royal Navy who delivered the stones by helicopter from the Back of the Hill Quarry at Kilsyth. Built as the result of a schools competition and inspired by Professor Alexander Thom (1894 - 1985) and other astronomers at the University of Glasgow, it was known as the Glasgow Parks Department's Astronomy Project. The project was managed by astronomer and science-fiction writer Duncan Lunan (b.1945), who designed the circle to be astronomically accurate, aligned to mark events such as midsummer. However, the project was never completed because the newly-elected Thatcher government held it up as an example of local authorities wasting public money.

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