Thursday 25 July 2013

New Research Agenda - Stonehenge & Avebury.

Stonehenge Resource Assessment Update

This first draft of the new combined Stonehenge and Avebury research agenda is a product of a stakeholder workshop held at Devizes Town Hall in June 2011. The agenda summarises the ideas that were expressed on the day by over 50 invited attendees, who were all contributors and/or consultees to both the Stonehenge and Avebury volumes and WHS committees.
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  1. Some interesting things being asked Tim

    The Big Questions:
    1) Why did these landscapes become pre-eminent social centres?

    I like this question. It would be nice to see a few new alternative theories being proposed (by archaeologists) now that MPP and the team have published quite a bit data. I know about MPP's theory, but there must be others with different interpretations of what he's found?

    Do you happen to know how much geophys has been done in the areas around the cursuses? There's the recent stuff done by Birmingham (link below) but have they looked anywhere else in the vicinity and is there anything more planned?

    Here's Mike Pitt's site on the most recent stuff:
    (I'm sure you'll have done a post on this but can't find a link easily to hand, whereas I have the Pitts reference permanently logged)

  2. Re Avebury ... is laid out on the basis of Taurus - the Avenues are the 'horns'.
    The Bull of ancient Egypt is symbolised with a disc between its horns, as is Queen Hathor's headdress. When Taurus came over Silbury Hill the 'V' star Hyadum rested on top of Hill - Silbury is the inverted 'V'. Avebury ceased to function after 1495 BC, the Exodus from Egypt.


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