thinking about archaeology

Spring (or is it summer?)

Stonehenge underpass 2

I was at Stonehenge early yesterday morning to record an interview for a future Open Country programme for Radio 4. The drive there was lovely, through the Wiltshire lanes crowded in with greenery and blossom, after so many months when it began to feel that winter was a geological condition rather than just a season. At Stonehenge, the days are ticking for the old, familiar furniture of compromise.

Stonehenge underpass

Stonehenge shop

Stonehenge cafe

plans for the future

Back home I photographed some flowers in the garden.

garden 1

garden 2

garden 3

garden 4

garden 5

 

 

4 responses

  1. Hope the interview went well. I felt incredibly disappointed when I finally got to see Stonehenge, not with the monuments themselves, but the whole visitor experience around it. By contrast, the centre and atmosphere of Newgrange (Bru na Boinne) here in Ireland absolutely blew me away! Have you been? I take it from your pics that the Stonehenge centre is getting a bit of a revamp? Not before time!

    June 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    • mikepitts

      Not just a revamp, but a real makeover, starting with removing the road that almost goes through it. If you scroll down or click on my Stonehenge tab at the top, you can see some of the debate and activity in this area in recent years. And yes, I did enjoy Bru na Boinne – I went there when I was working some years ago on a project related to what is now happening at Stonehenge.

      June 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

  2. Well that all sounds very positive. I shall look forward to another visit in the future. You must be very pleased to see the progress, after you have been involved in the site for so long.

    June 2, 2013 at 8:01 pm

  3. Many thanks to you for your contributions to getting the decision made to remove the road and move the visitor centre. It will transform the peace of that ancient place.

    On a practical matter of research, I wonder if the point where the processional way crosses the drainage route, just after the first turn, has ever been excavated? If there wasn’t something acting as a culvert, then at wet winter solstices both the north-side ditches and natural surface runoff would presumably have overflowed the north bank, making a pool on the track to the height of the south bank. The geo-phys survey you kindly posted shows something linear at the turn, but I’d be interested to know more.

    Regards,

    Lewis

    July 1, 2013 at 4:11 am

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