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A Megalithic Journey

You have heard of and perhaps visited Stonehenge, but do you know that many other prehistoric ceremonial monuments are found in Britain, Ireland, and continental Europe, as well as throughout the world? Join us in a journey to some of the extraordinary structures and ritual landscapes that our ancestors created 6,000 to 2,800 years ago in western Europe. 

Over the past decade we have journeyed to megalithic sites across Europe. We’ve tramped through gorse and muddy fields in search of ancient stones, been transported in vans and small boats to well known sites, taken a multitude of photographs, lingered as long as we could among the stones, and pondered the interpretations of skilled and thoughtful archaeologists.

“It is part of the human condition that we feel the need to visualize the past,” wrote archaeologist Barry Cunliffe. This is as true for us now as it was for the people who built these megalithic structures so long ago in our shared journey on earth. Both for those who study the stones professionally and for those of us who are fascinated amateurs, the surviving megaliths provide more questions than answers. What resonance do millennia old megaliths and their environments have for us today? Come join us and discover the questions these magnificent creations may have for you.

This is a repeat of the course we gave last spring in Newcastle. We will focus on similar themes and the same major ritual landscapes, but will also include some different sites. Repeat participants are welcome!

Instructor Lucie Bauer is a retired art historian, whose professional expertise is in periods several millennia later than prehistory. She has taught in a wide variety of settings from the Ivy League to the Maine State Prison. Lucie was educated at Vassar and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. A former member of the CSC board and curriculum committee, she has taught many senior college courses. She welcomes the opportunity to offer a course with her wife Annie Kiermaier.

Instructor Annie Kiermaier has recently retired as an international trainer for the Theraplay Institute in Chicago. Annie’s work has taken us around the world. In between trainings in Europe we have visited many prehistoric sites. Annie has a B.A. from Earlham College, an associate degree in nursing from the University of Maine at Augusta, and a M.S.W. from the University of Maine at Orono. She is an avid hiker and backpacker.

Class Limit: 30
This course can be taken either in-person or on-line via Zoom - choose when you register.
In-person students must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to register for this course.
In-person students will follow the current mask policy of the course site.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 1:00 PM until Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 3:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Zoom: link will be emailed before first class
In-person: Unitarian Universalist Church Rockland
345 Broadway
Rockland, ME  
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Lucie F Bauer
Annie Kiermaier
Fall 2023
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
You must be an active CSC member to register for this course.
Cancellation Policy:
A member may cancel a course registration up to 3 days prior to the start of class and will receive a course credit that can be used for a future registration. No refunds will be given.
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