Meanwhile back at Stonehenge…


I haven’t posted a blog recently on Stonehenge. That doesn’t mean that everything is all sorted in the dilemma of the planned road and tunnel Highways England plans to build through the Stonehenge landscape.

In fact, they continue on with plans to do just that.

Those paying attention to the saga are embroiled in chaos. Highways England is planning the course for the road and tunnel. Groups like Stonehenge Alliance are objecting, citing archaeological reasons. Doing so will disrupt ongoing efforts to understand Stonehenge and its landscape. Groups wishing to preserve burial grounds of human remains object over ethical reasons. The road may go close to burial grounds. What if the landscape reveals more?

Anything is possible. The landscape is far from finished revealing its secrets.

Just last month this article was published:

Archaeologists may have found architects' camp for Stonehenge

The article cites:

A team of archaeologists believe they may have discovered a spot where some of the architects of Stonehenge gathered and camped.

The team have been investigating a causewayed enclosure – these are thought to be ancient meeting places or centres of trade – on army land at Larkhill close to Stonehenge.

They found an alignment of posts that matches the orientation of the circle at Stonehenge, leading to the theory that Larkhill could have been some sort of blueprint for the temple.

This is not the first new discovery made in or near Stonehenge. Stonehenge regularly has given up new finds. This only demonstrates how significant the landscape is and how much more it may have to reveal.

Howard Carter, who discovered King Tutankhamen's tomb, writes of his own efforts: It is slow work, painfully slow, and nerve-racking at that, for one felt all the time a heavy weight of responsibility. Every excavator must, if he have any archaeological conscience at all. The things he finds are not his own property, to treat as he pleases, or neglect as he chooses. they are direct legacy from the past to the present age, he but the privileged intermediary through whose hands they come; and if, by carelessness, slackness, or ignorance, he lessens the sum of knowledge that might have been obtained from them, he knows himself to be guilty of an archaeological crime of first magnitude.

It took Carter years to find the tomb in 1922. Years more to properly catalog pieces. New understanding continues of these relics almost 100 years later. Apply the same understanding to sites like Stonehenge, and you can understand that all knowledge cannot be found immediately. It simply requires time. Time and a carefully protected and preserved area in which to work.

Even as this blog is being written, they are having discussions of the roadway. Members of the scientific community are trying to present their facts on why this would be a very bad idea. Here is their latest blog.

It includes a good video describing the landscape that is in danger.

On this same website are details of what we can do whether we live in England or not. Stonehenge and ancient sites like this should be protected. UNESCO has already expressed extreme concern over damaging the landscape. For the moment their concerns are not being recognized.

Time marches on. Discoveries continue to be found. Do we wish to see the next one to be found by a bulldozer? What will we leave our next generation?

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