|Look to your left, Mr. President! Maybe your people didn't tell you about the "elephant in the room". (Or hovering just out of sight in the background, thanks to an unholy alliance between academia and manipulated mass media).|
See also his specialist Stonehenge/Silbury Hill site
Nor will there be any attempt to make this posting Google (or other search-engine)- friendly. Where new uninhibited thinking is concerned, or in my case, not-so-new thinking (Appendix 3) search engines have degenerated year-on-year into a sick parody of the original, with wikipedia and its ideas-censoring thought-police not far behind (Appendix 4 in preparation)
New addition: Monday, 16:45
|From the Mail, October 2011. Do they look like ducks to you? Nope, didn't think so...|
New addition: Tuesday April 26
The so-called "House of the Dead ". (But where's the evidence it was a house, or even had a roof?)
We now shift to the Woodhenge site, or rather to some private land just 450m SW of it.
Don't expect to see a house. In fact don't expect to see anything. Here's a description (my highlighting) provided by the Historic England site:
The (long barrow) monument includes a levelled long barrow aligned north east-south west located some 450m WSW of Woodhenge on Countess Farm and situated on a west facing slope. The barrow is now difficult to identify on the ground. However, the ditches which flank the mound of the long barrow on its western and eastern sides, from which material was quarried during its construction, survive as buried features and are visible as parchmarks.
|The red patch is the location of the long barrow on an OS map, with Woodhenge just visible as a collection of dots top right. The aerial view beneath is the satellite photo from Google Earth.|
Now be prepared for a surprise, dear reader, since this unpromising-looking site was the subject of a blaze of publicity in 2014, after the magnetometer survey carried out by a joint team from Birmingham and Vienna, under the project name "Hidden Landscapes".
Here's a composite of the graphics that were carried in national newspapers, BBC documentaries ec.
What you see what some reports describe as a reconstruction of a 'mortuary house' aka "House of the Dead".
|Reconstruction from location of post holes: the 'House of the Dead' 450m SW of Woodhenge.|
The first thing to note is the odd way this "house" tapers on its long axis. It's described as "trapezoid" in shape, with only two sides, or rather ends, parallel to each other. Isn't that somewhat odd for a house? Yes, but we're assured that such structures have been described by archaeologists on the Continent, so that's all right then. But why would anyone want or need to have a tapering house?
What I haven't said so far is that the evidence for this house with its ridge roof rests on finding postholes. It's not entirely clear how much surviving timber was left - possibly enough for radiocarbon dating. But it's the number and position of those post holes that concern us now. They are shown we're told in the diagram, top left. From that the full above ground structure is 'visualized' (top right).
So what's the evidence for that roof then?
Lets's take a closer look at the 'footprint' of those postholes.
The first thing to notice is that the conspicuous solid white circles are NOT the footprint. They are the position of IMAGINED tops of timber supports. Leaving aside the question as to how their heights could be known, given that most if not all the timber had rotted away, it's important to realize that the pattern one sees, which at first sight might just possibly be suited to supporting a roof, looks entirely different if one descends from each solid white circle to the BASE of the supports.
Here's a close-up to which I've added yellow arrows.
|Two of the supposedly taller "roof supports". Roof supports? Really?|
In fact those taller post indicated, shown with their 3D rendering, are NOT in the right position to support the highest part of a ridge roof. They are NOT in the midline, but tucked up against the side of the structure, as can be seen by tracing back to the bases.
In fact, when one looks ate the number and distribution of the post HOLES one sees that they are :
1. In the wrong places to support the roof
2. In the wrong places for the inside of what is claimed to be a "house". Who would want or expect to navigate a forest of support poles when stepping inside a house, regardless of the function of that so-called house?
So, take away what would appear to be an entirely imaginary roof, and what is one left with? Not a house, that much is certain. One is left with a sturdy stockade of butted up posts inside of which is that scattered array of posts with no obvious function, and still an impediment to anyone inside.
Here's the account from the Guardian, one of just many i could have chosen, with a quote from the Viennese co-director:
One of the most striking monuments to emerge from the survey was a 33 metre-long burial mound containing a massive wooden building whose timber foundations – and a giant upright blocking its entrance – were spotted in the soil. Predating Stonehenge, the building is thought to have been a house of the dead where bizarre burial rituals were played out. "The rituals included exposure of the dead bodies, and defleshing on a large forecourt," said Wolfgang Neuber, at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute. The house was later covered in chalk and finally became a curious white landmark."
I say, steady on old chap. This is England. You can't just go slipping that E word into the conversation, not when talking to meeja. You have to obfuscate, to say nothing of consulting with your Birmingham opposite number on the delicate matter of 'grantsmanship'. Now it would be entirely different were you to be hosting an obscure blog, like this one. Then you can say pretty well what you want, provided you stay clear of libel actions.
So, to the 64000 question: what was the purpose of that one-time open-air stockade, then ignominously covered over with a chalk and soil capping to become just another of those barrows that punctuate the plaisn and downs of Wiltshire, and even later to be ploughed level with the surrounding fields it would seem?
Answer: I say the site was a timber prototype for Stonehenge, that it was designed as a bird sanctuary, offering a sizeable number of tallish bird perches, maybe a couple of metres high, on which flesh-scavenging species (crows, ravens, gulls etc) could rest and intermittently feed on the corpses of the newly dead.
Why tapered ("trapezoid"). There may be a mundane explanation: the constructors may have realized they had insufficient timber to make it a perfect rectangle, so decided to economise by tapering the long sides to make the far end smaller than its opposite number. I'd want to taper too, while waiting for metal axes and saws to be invented...
|My first search term ("stonehenge") has been crassly scored out from all the returns shown, allowing entries of an IRRELEVANT commercial nature, though NOT flagged up as ads. Google is now in free fall re its original mission statement.|