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The Caerdroia Archive

The following articles from various editions of Caerdroia - the Journal of Mazes & Labyrinths are reproduced here in PDF format. Since it was first produced in 1980, Caerdroia has published a multitude of papers, articles and notes on many aspects of mazes and labyrinths - their history and distribution, usage and development as well as theoretical matters and news items. Much of the material in the earliest issues has long since been superceded, but a full listing of all the relevant items from Caerdroia 6 (the first edition to appear in magazine format) onwards is provided in the Caerdroia Index, also available below.

Here then are the articles so far archived for your perusal, a selection from those early out of print editions and a few important items from more recent editions. You are very welcome to open and read these, and also to download them for personal use. For permission to reproduce these articles in any form, please contact us for permissions and procedures.

Please note: all of these articles are copyright Labyrinthos/individual authors as appropriate. While you are welcome to print a copy for personal use, unauthorised reproduction and circulation is prohibited without permission from Labyrinthos. Please contact the editor if you wish to reproduce any of these articles for workshops, publication or use on other websites.

More articles from the early out-of-print editions of Caerdroia will be added to this section of the website in due course. If there are specific articles you would like to see added to the Archive, let the editor know, and when he has a spare moment, he may well convert and upload them for you!

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Caerdroia Index.pdf

The Caerdroia Index

A catalogue of the many papers, articles and notes published in Caerdroia from 1981 onwards.

C19 Magic Labyrinth.pdf

The Magic Labyrinth - from Caerdroia 19 (1986)

John Kraft reports on the magical usage of stone labyrinths in Scandinavia.

C21 Side.pdf

The Side Labyrinth - from Caerdroia 21 (1987)

Sarah Coles reports on a carved labyrinth amongst the Roman ruins at Side in Turkey.

C21 Printers Device.pdf

The Labyrinth as a Printer’s Device - from Caerdroia 21 (1987)

Ivor Winton looks at a series of printer’s logos from 15th & 16th century Italy.

C21 Pagan Sweden.pdf

Labyrinths in Pagan Sweden - from Caerdroia 21 (1987)

John Kraft documents stone labyrinths in Southern Sweden, associated with prehistoric sacred places.

C22 Side.pdf

Remarks on the Labyrinth at Side - from Caerdroia 22 (1989)

Ivor Winton questions the symbolism of the Side labyrinth carving.

C22 Cowley Troytowns.pdf

Three Cowley Troytowns - from Caerdroia 22 (1989)

Damon Williams documents the three former turf labyrinths at Cowley, Oxfordshire.


C23 WH Matthews.pdf

My Father, W.H.Matthews - from Caerdroia 23 (1990)

Zeta Eastes recalls the life of her father, a pioneer of modern labyrinth studies and the author of the 1922 classic Mazes and Labyrinths - A General Account of their History and Development.

C23 Leigh Mizmaze.pdf

The Mizmaze at Leigh - from Caerdroia 23 (1990)

Katherine Barker traces the earliest reference to the now overgrown turf labyrinth at Leigh in Dorset, England.

C23 St Marthas Hill.pdf

The Earthworks on St. Martha's Hill - from Caerdroia 23 (1990)

Ivor Winton takes a critical look at a supposed turf maze location in Surrey, England.

C23 Estonia.pdf

Labyrinths in Estonia - from Caerdroia 23 (1990)

John Kraft and Urmas Selirand document the historical stone labyrinths recorded in the southeast Baltic.

C23 Castle Bromwich.pdf

A Holly Maze Restored - from Caerdroia 23 (1990)

Martin Locock describes the restoration of the hedge maze at Castle Bromwich, England.

Nordic Church Labyrinths.pdf

Labyrinths in Nordic Churches - from Caerdroia 24 (1991)

John Kraft's original study of labyrinths in Scandinavian churches, revised & updated by Jeff Saward (2005) with a catalogue of the labyrinths in each of the four Nordic countries where they are found.

C25 Babylonian.pdf

The Babylonian Labyrinth - from Caerdroia 25 (1992)

Hans Lyngsgård describes a Babylonian clay tablet in the Vorderasistische Museum in Berlin, covered in labyrinthine drawings of liver conditions.

C26 Nepalese Labyrinth.pdf

A Nepalese Labyrinth - from Caerdroia 26 (1994)

Staffan Lundén describes a little-known labyrinth legend from Nepal - the city of Scimangada.

C26 Ondavalli.pdf

The Ondavalli Labyrinth - from Caerdroia 26 (1994)

Paul Hyland goes in search of an Indian cave temple, and stumbles across a labyrinth.

C27 Lichenometry.pdf

Lichenometric Dating of Labyrinths on the Upper Norrland Coast - from Caerdroia 27 (1996)

Rabbe Sjöberg explains the techniques used to date over 40 stone labyrinths from the coast of Northern Sweden, and the interesting results obtained.

C27 Arctic Norway.pdf

Stone Labyrinths in Arctic Norway - from Caerdroia 27 (1996)

Bjørnar Olsen provides an interpretation of the boulder labyrinths on the northernmost coastline of Europe.

C29 Polyphemus.pdf

The Polyphemus Cave Paintings - from Caerdroia 29 (1998)

Marguerite Rigoglioso reports a Neolithic cave painting of labyrinthine form in Sicily.

C32 Rocky Valley.pdf

The Rocky Valley Labyrinths - from Caerdroia 32 (2001)

Often claimed to date to the Bronze Age, Abegael Saward explains why it is likely that these enigmatic rock-carved labyrinths are much more recent.

C32 Harmonist Labyrinths.pdf

The Harmonist Labyrinths - from Caerdroia 32 (2001)

Lilan Laishley documents the first American hedge mazes - actually hedge labyrinths - in Pennsylvania and Indiana.

C33 Petra.pdf

A New Labyrinth Discovery at Petra - from Caerdroia 33 (2003)

Andrew Collins reports a previously unrecorded labyrinth inscription in Jordan.

C33 Knidos.pdf

A New Labyrinth at Knidos - from Caerdroia 33 (2003)

Staffan Lundén describes a newly discovered labyrinth inscription at Knidos, Turkey.

C35 Luzzanas.pdf

The Tomba del Labirinto, Luzzanas - from Caerdroia 35 (2005)

Jeff & Kimberly Saward go in search of this enigmatic underground labyrinth inscription in Sardinia.

C35 Thordrup.pdf

A Life of Labyrinths - from Caerdroia 35 (2005)

Jørgen Thordrup, who died in December 2008, recounts his 60-year fascination. An appreciation of his work, published in Caerdroia 39, is also appended.

C37 Mirror Panel Mazes.pdf

The Origins of Mirror & Wooden Panel Mazes - from Caerdroia 37 (2008)

Jeff Saward explores the 19th century origins of these seemingly modern mazes.

C37 AF Mirror Mazes.pdf

The Renaissance of Mirror Mazes - from Caerdroia 37 (2008)

Adrian Fisher explains the modern fascination for mirror mazes.

C41 Troja Maiden.pdf

A Maiden Called Troja - from Caerdroia 41 (2012)

John Kraft recounts the stories associated with the Trojaborg stone labyrinth at Visby, Gotland.

 


The Shining Mazes - from Caerdroia 41 (2012)

Roberto Milazzi figures out the designs and locations of the various mazes that appear in Stanley Kubrick's classic movie.

C45 Itchen Stoke.pdf

The Itchen Stoke Labyrinth - from Caerdroia 45 (2016)

Jeff Saward records the details of the mid-19th century tiled labyrinth in St. Mary's Church, recently uncovered for cleaning, and considers the source of its design.

Caerdroia C41 Shining Mazes.pdf