There’s a tower on the Isle of Lewis called Dun Carloway. Like others of its kind, it has vexed historians because these iconic structures are unique to Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles, and the tip of northern Scotland.
Dun Carloway is built of well-fitted stone without mortar. The central courtyard is surrounded by a hollow wall, inside which a staircase winds its way to where there used to be upper galleries; windows appear to have been sparse.
The tower incorporates features far and beyond what is necessary in a residence, for example, the design is based on music ratios: it’s external to internal diameter conforms to the octave; the main door is framed to a ratio of 1.33:1, equivalent to the note F; the wall from north to south varies in thickness by Pi. It’s as though the residence was intended for a musician or a mathematician.
Or an observer of the sky perhaps? The entrance marks a pointed ledge that references the Minor Lunar Standstill as well as the Crossquarters – the midpoints between solstices and equinoxes that mark the beginning of seasons in the Celtic calendar.
All this specialist information seems far beyond the everyday requirements of eating and sleeping. There is evidence of people living here in 100 BC but if the tower was meant to offer long-term protection from raiders, the fact that it could shelter no more than a dozen people comfortably, and had no access to a well or sewage disposal, means that two weeks of siege was all the effort required before the besieged began to look at urine as fine wine or to each other as a source of nourishment.
The tower also stands fifty feet lower than the adjacent land, making it militarily useless.
Perhaps the tower, like the nearby stone circles, was inherited from an earlier people, and as suggested by DNA and migratory evidence, they originated in Armenia. Put through Armenian etymology Dun Carloway breaks down as: dun (or dohm) kar-ogh-e’ag, meaning ‘existence of the circular stone dwelling of a family of noble race.’
Snippet from my new book, Scotland’s Hidden Sacred Past
By Freddy Silva
Taken from Nana Heruni
Freddy Silva is a best-selling author and leading researcher of ancient civilizations, restricted history, sacred sites, and their interaction with consciousness. He has published six books in six languages.
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