I’ve been trying to write this post for some days, but have recoiled from the task. It’s not as if I have not put these ideas into the public domain already. I have – under my ‘science buzz’ blog. But I did not want a 3 year old project that focuses on current science to be sullied with the dark thoughts I have entertained regarding Stonehenge, based on recent research, notably at the nearby Neolithic settlement of Durrington Walls, and, further afield, Silbury Hill. That’s why I decided to spin off this topic to a specialist blog – this one – to keep it quarantined, so to speak from my general science interests.
But days have passed, and I still find it difficult to re-articulate and further develop views already expressed.
Strategy: I will start with my theory of what happened over some 100 years to produce Silbury Hill. I shall then follow a train of thought that leads back to Woodhenge, Durrington Walls and Stonehenge. It is not a attractive story, which is why I hesitate to relate it. But for those who want truth and understanding, it could explain why Stonehenge, even to this day, still looks so sinister. It was sinister. It was a place which helped our ancestors make the difficult changeover from the light side of pastoral living (late spring and summer) to the dark side of survival (late autumn and early spring). Yes, I ‘m referring to a survival diet that kept folk alive during the short winter days when there was no growth of crops, when the surrounding woodland was bare of foliage, making hunting for game more difficult…
More later…. when I can summon up the motivation to tell it the way it WAS … 4,500 years ago….
Addendum: March 16, 2018
Have decided to add the following image as an addendum to ALL my Stonehenge postings (some 24 in all, here and on my sciencebuzz site). Why not – since it’s my considered answer to the ‘mystery’ of the monument’s peculiar architecture, the conclusion to some 6 years of deliberation?
I say Stonehenge was designed as a giant bird perch, a ceremonial monument dedicated to ‘sky burial’, i.e. soul release from mortal remains to the heavens via AFS (avian-facilitated skeletonization, considered the height of fashion (and practicality) in Neolithic-era 2500BC! The stripped remains were then cremated, so an apt description of Stonehenge might, as previously suggested, be PRE-CREMATORIUM.