The plain, unadorned truth about Stonehenge and its neighbours, Durrington Walls and Silbury Hill – not for the faint-hearted…

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….

 

 

 

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About Colin Berry

Retired science bod, previous research interests: phototherapy of neonatal jaundice, membrane influences on microsomal UDP-glucuronyltransferase, defective bilirubin and xenobiotic conjugation and hepatic excretion, dietary fibre and resistant starch.
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