thinking about archaeology

What people were saying about Woodhenge in 1927

I’ve been thinking about what was happening at Stonehenge in the early 20th century recently, and unearthed some old cuttings in my library. Here’s one about Woodhenge, I think from The Salisbury Times. It’s strangely coy (“two well-known Wiltshire archaeologists” were, of course, Maud and Ben Cunnington), but it reminds us that everything we know about the past once was new. Here a debate about whether or not Woodhenge and even Stonehenge were iron age in date has been all but forgotten today. Yet the significance of burials at Stonehenge is really only now being appreciated again. We can’t know now what will remain of what we think important in a century’s time.

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