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I’m Richard, born in Berkshire, England in 1950. I studied Old English, and the Modern Short Story at Leeds, and was given an MA. I taught in London for seven years. I have lived half my adult life in Co.Cork, where I married an Irishwoman and raised a family.

Businesses in Cork city: southern Ireland’s first wholefood shop and bakery; DecoWare (hand-decorated tableware); and Smashing Tiles, a contemporary mosaic design studio.

Moved to Moux, a small village in the vines of Languedoc in 2000 and started ArtHoliday: residential mosaic & painting courses, with my wife Mary, a professional painter. She thinks: dolmens? – seen one, seen enough. But always comes hillwalking, returning to paint this extraordinary landscape.

Enjoy: reading and writing, walking and seakayaking, cycling and sailing. Wine, women and song.

Always interested in early times, having lived in a region rich in dún, lios, cashel and caher. Only just recently aware that this area of SW France has its own wealth of protohistory : some of it coming to light, some fast being forgotten. Keen to share all this with others, and continue dolmen-hunting.

Posted January 22, 2008 by MH

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  1. Nice web site with superb photos of lost Languedoc megaliths. Continue !

  2. It s a pleasure to read your little poem about dolmen de Mousse on lastree.net. I’m very happy to discover “dolmens lost and found”. With may friends, we are dolmens hunters. We want to meet you.

  3. This is fast becoming a very classy and interesting website Richard. Keep up all your good work, and hopefully in connection with us at The Megalithic Portal.

    Martyn Copcutt (TheCaptain on The Megalithic Portal).

  4. This is fantastic! I too love to walk / hike / adventure. I am a photographer and artist. My husband, an art historian is not so much into walking but we compromise well! I can’t wait to explore some of these haunts from our second house in Val Ros – we live in Virginia, USA. I would love to pursue some kind of art teaching opportunity in the region at some point. It would be nice to meet for dinner when we are there over the winter break. Drop a line if you have the inclination? Aimee

  5. Golan Heights

    Golan Heights that spread over 1250 square kilometers are an important spring region that supplies 4 states with water. The great presence of static electricity in this region can be deduced from the high number of megalithic structures. A local circular structure of diameter of 159 meters is composed of five concentric circles that are laid out by freely laying stones that all weigh 37 000 tons in total. The heaviest single stones that were used weight about 20 tons. Around this structure there is further 8 500 dolmens and menhirs, the heaviest weighing 50 tons and they are up to 7 meters in height.
    Golan Heights may be thought of as a natural laboratory, which can provide us with historical information, in view of research. The static electricity that is almost unknown to present science was crucial for all megalithic structures that were built around the Earth. The new knowledge about properties of static electricity that I describe at http://www.miroslavprovod.com provides more in depth information via continuing research about the mysteries of construction of megalithic structures with combination of different types of rocks, for example Stonehenge, Machu Picchu and many others.
    The megalithic structures had all the same function. They accumulated static electricity in their matter, which they gained from various sources. At Golan Heights the sources are mainly underground springs, which provide the megaliths with the static electricity charge.
    The “electronics of human body” takes the static electricity from cellular membranes in order to maintain functionality of all organs. The static electricity is continuously supplied by mitochondria. It can be proved by various experiments that the charge of human body can be filled by other means as well – by staying close to greater source of static electricity, which spontaneously gives the energy to cellular membranes. The transfer of energy is rather slow. In case of transfer between a rock and a human body it takes tens of minutes. This shows that the megalithic structures and later also sacral structures were built mainly for health purposes.
    Golan Heights are a great hint, which needs greater research to be done. By this I mean gathering of statistical data about all the megaliths in this region, mainly from which types of rocks the individual dolmens were built and their chemical composition. The great ratio of dolmens to the population hints that the reason for building them wasn’t only filling the bodily energy. It may be deduced from the combination of rocks at many of the structures that it mattered through which part of the rock the static electricity went. It’s probable that it was influenced by chemical properties of the rock, which it transferred to the cellular membranes of human body. If the combination of different types of rocks is proved by the dolmens it would logically point out that the reason for building them was curing of various bodily anomalies.
    Big groups of megaliths aren’t only at Golan Heights but at various places around the Earth. Further statistical data from other regions would make more believable knowledge not only about history but also about static electricity. From the economic point of view the “re-discovered” energy may bring great motivation to people in many fields.

    January 2009-01-06
    Miroslav Provod

  6. Lovely site richard – i too enjoyed the path to various dolmens when i first came here – see http://www.le-guide.com/mysticindex.html – nice to see you are doing great things

    giles denmark mitchell

    • Thanks Giles. Good to hear from you – hope all is well, in these uncertain times. I have to admit that more energy is going into our gardens, and associated blogs, than this one. Dolmen-hunting is becoming a ‘luxury’ – or perhaps a treat, when I can spare the time!

  7. Oh, so nice to see you’ve been doing so much writing Richard! Love traveling to these places with you.

  8. Physics during the age of megaliths
    Over more than twenty years, I have realized hundreds of experiments, which were mostly motivated by trying to uncover the reasons and causes of not always convincingly explained working activities of ancient civilizations. In these experiments, I came to the conclusion that many activities of ancient prehistoric cultures were clearly motivated by the desire to exploit knowledge about the attributes of static electricity. Even in academic publications, I found no information on the range of the found properties of static electricity. It cannot be therefore excluded that they have never been published. For this reason, I admit it might be an entirely new knowledge.

    Four probably yet unpublished properties of static electricity showed on the theme of implementation of many megalithic and religious structures. Many often seemingly useless construction activities of our ancestors could not be convincingly and logically explained without the connection with these new findings of the properties of static electricity. Historians and archaeologists have often helped themselves out by saying that the motivation for constructing many buildings in our history was based solely on a “ritual” or “calendar reason. All researchers and scientists who “dared” linking knowledge of ancient cultures with modern knowledge of the physical energies were often ridiculed by generally accepted capacities and rendered as being textbook ignorants. The four properties of static electricity introduced are however far from a total explanation of all yet difficult to explain mysteries of our history. In some cases, the new knowledge about the properties of matter in connection with a charge of static electricity provides only partial explanation to the historical mysteries, which suggests that there can be many more unidentified properties of static electricity.

    There is no doubt that there is an incorrect interpretation of certain parts of history in connection with the explanation of the motives for constructing many complex, but even the simplest of old buildings. It is therefore necessary to examine the question of logical reasons for building the constructions in context with new physical knowledge, which demonstrates that “knowledge” of ancient and extinct cultures surpassed the knowledge of modern history. The “ritual dogmas” will need to be replaced by new energy knowledge. This will create a real picture of the evolution of world cultures as well as a “springboard” for further research in some historical periods.

    However, there are the already mentioned “scientific” obstacles that discourage many that are interested in modern research. These obstacles that psychologically bind the thinking of many researchers that are eager for truth are the skeptics. The skeptics, in an effort to stand out, which they cannot achieve in a different field of science, serve as scientific inquisitors. Being a skeptic is very easy as skeptics always respond to new ideas by saying “Everything that cannot be put in context with known facts cannot be assessed.” They refuse to respect the fact that all new findings were found behind the edge of known facts in most cases.

    I was saddened, for example, when the skeptics in the Czech Republic attached an ‘erratic boulder’ to Erich von Daniken. Even if Daniken did not bring any revolutionary ideas in his work, he would have done more for the promotion of history than all the Czech inquisitional skeptics combined. Daniken inspired hundreds of thousands of researchers around the world by his extensive work – thousands of them chose their field of work due to his exploratory study. And last but not least, after centuries of neglect many historical monuments that were described by Daniken are now cracking under the pressure of curious tourists. Daniken fully described the megalithic culture in his writings.
    Literary works by Erich Daniken are well above the writings of other authors, who constantly repeat pieces of information that have already been published many times. I have studied all the writings of Erich Daniken and I can say that I gained more knowledge about the megaliths from his literature than I would have received by personal visits to the places described. There are more such cases, which I will not address here. I regard the ‘erratic boulder’ given to Erich Daniken as the worst injustice.

    Skeptics could not have objected to the way Mr. Daniken describes the megalithic culture, but they likely just disagreed with his opinion that it could not have been created by a ‘textbook type’ civilization and that ancient cultures received the information from some advanced cultures from outer space. And here is the discord, skeptics recognize the current interpretation of history, Mr. Daniken, as well as many logically thinking people, does not. It does not matter where the ancient cultures received the information. The fact is that they must have obtained it somewhere. The view of Mr. Daniken that ancient cultures may have obtained the information from space cannot be assessed in any other way then as a creative idea. Any doubts about the astronauts from other planets can encourage others to think about other explanations. The essence of the literary work of Mr. Daniken is not just getting the source of information, but it is the whole megalithic culture. Reacting to the opinion of Mr. Daniken by granting him an ‘erratic boulder’ seems amateur and inappropriate. People expect from scientists that they will scientifically and properly reason their decision.

    If skeptics think that people used to build thousands of megaliths all over the world for ritual and calendar purposes (as is currently mentioned in history) they only compromise themselves in the same way as archaeologists do. Unless it is explained what tools were used to machine the hardest diorite rock, unless it is experimentally demonstrated that it is possible to transport a block of rock weighing one thousand tons to a distance of two kilometers solely by the use of pulling and ropes, unless it is explained how people communicated with each other when they built the same types of megalithic structures around the world the account of Mr. Daniken cannot be clearly and categorically questioned. In this case, the purposely formulated assumption proposed by the skeptics by granting Erich von Daniken an ‘erratic boulder’ stated exactly the opposite. They reached a phase where public begun to question statements given by the skeptics.

    The new knowledge about static electricity resulting from the research of megaliths seems like a great hint not only for the research of ancient cultures but also for several other fields. In addition, we can expect further findings of the unknown properties of static electricity.

    I remind the importance of the four attributes of static electricity, which I describe in dozens of articles at http://www.miroslavprovod.com.
    1 – Each material has a charge with three energy components (aura, zones, and interzones).
    2 – When auras of two or more charges come into contact they merge into one common charge with common energy components.
    3 – By merging charges into a joint charge, there is a gradual equalizing of their energetic potentials.
    4 – During the equalizing of energetic potentials there is also a transfer of chemical properties.

    October 2010
    Miroslav Provod

  9. Hello Richard, I’ve suddenly realised (having read your welcome page properly!), we met once before when I did an article about your Art Holidays that never got published, I was very much behind the times then but hopefully have caught up a bit!
    It’s good to read about people who come here and DON’T give up – when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
    All best wishes, Val

  10. Just stumbled upon your site – I try to find and shoot all the local megaliths and dolmens. Thank you for some good posts.

  11. Thanks for your recent visit to my blog. I studied archeology a little bit and so found your dolmen collection (makes you sound like Obelix!) very interesting indeed. And of course the second thought that came to my mind was – we could map these! I imagine they already have been, but with your additional data and pictures it could be quite a nice and useful map. What interests me especially is whether we would see any pattern in such a map as we pan out more and more and whether that pattern would tell us anything interesting. I’m curious. Feel free to get in touch with me via the blog or on Twitter @Arasmus.

  12. Hello Richard, can you give me an e-mail address so I can post a picture to you for identification? It was taken near Rennes-les-Bains, alternatively you can look at Rennes-les-Bains under my site below, “The Enchanted Forest”. I called what I photographed a dolmen – now I know from your site it wasn’t a dolmen but would appreciate the correct technology Many many thanks, Val

  13. Great website — for further reading, see Cunliffe and Koch, editors: CELTIC FROM THE WEST ( Oxford Press, 2010) and the new fiction BENDING THE BOYNE, a novel of ancient Ireland by J.S. Dunn (2011) print and ebook via Amazon/Kindle and B&N .

    • Thanks for the comment, and the plug! I don’t mind plugs, in a good cause. And I might quiz you about e-publishing someday soon. It seems to be a good fit, with our niche subject.
      Good wishes – Richard

  14. Amazing website. Congratulations.

  15. A quand la version en Français?

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