The quirks and architectural features expressing the universal, standard, subconscious stoneprint is the definition and cohesion of every city. The cultural record is not as haphazard as the conscious, common sense view of history implies. Each addition, demolition, and attempted re-modelling in the ever unfolding expression, adds some socio-economic legitimacy, and incidentally some archetypal structure or spatial ‘grammar’. Building sites are rigorously structured and universal. Buildings are ‘characters’ and spacing is the ‘grammar’ of the unspoken, economically negotiated canvas of society. Typology and layers of spatial relationships bypass strands of causes and effects, revealing the sure and elegant guiding hand of archetype in our most enduring collective works. This invisible structure is the fingerprint of nature and culture in collusion.
A recurrent but variant set of about 28 Pictish beasts and 16 signs, are carved on 400 stones in north-eastern Scotland. The characters have been interpreted as totems, names, pictograms, letters, myths, days, hours, months or constellations. Structural analysis of the designs on 20 Pictish stones, reveal them as subconscious expressions of the sixteen archetypes.
Stoneprint Journal is a popular, illustrated archaeo astronomy magazine. Each edition focuses on an ancient site, culture, kind of artefact, or article by a contributor. The publication includes historic, ethnographic, structural, anthropological, psychological and archetypal approaches to myth, calendar, cosmology, ritual, art and building sites. For the context of multi-disciplinary approaches to the cultural record, see www.stoneprint.wordpress.com. Contribute articles via edmondfurter at gmail dot com