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Silbury Hill to be fixed!

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Silbury Hill, Wiltshire, England.

After more than six years of internal wrangling, English Heritage have finally, decided on the best way to fix the mighty Sibury Hill - Britain's largest ancient mound, 4,000 years old.

Silbury is one of Britain's most enigmatic structures, like Stonehenge, it is the only structure like it in Britain and so far archaeologists have been unable to suggest a purpose for its construction during the Bronze Age.

It is this enigmatic quality that in many ways has been its undoing; About thirty years ago, Archaeologist Atkinson in conjunction with the BBC tunnelled in to the hill but failed to properly sure up the tunnels at the end of the investigation.

In 2000 these tunnels started collapsing, causing the hill to subside and raising fears of a major collapse. At the time English Heritage closed the hill to public access and asked for urgent funds for the hills repair.

Yet six years on, English Heritage, have finally announced that they have chose a method and a contractor; Skanska to do the work. Unfortunately, those concerned for the welbeing of the hill will still have to wait until 2007 before repairs will begin.

Nigel Swift of campaign group Heritage Action commented that "The total delay will be at least eight years - 70,000 hours. It has been estimated that a team of fifty men would have taken that long to build the entire hill and have time left for West Kennet long barrow!"

However, campaigners are in the main relieved that the long wait will soon be over.

For more information visit Heritage Action's website www.heritageaction.org.

Ode to a vandalised stone

In June 1996 paint was smeared over the standing stones at Avebury's famous stone avenue. Two stones were daubed with paint, one with the word 'cuckoo' and the other almost entirely painted red and green. The attack took place during the evening on June 17 or the early hours of June 18.

Ten years on we remember the damage with a poem from Barbara Tomlinson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Henge Stones

Atte nyte

They walke

Ye did not noe

That they could goe

They talke

And nod theyr Grizl'd Heads

Leave theyr Mossie Beds

To whisper antient Lore

While the Moone flees from the Shore

And Darknesse reigns as afore.


They maun't be seene

By Mortal Eie

'Tis Death to spie

But when the Sunne

Hath his Race begun

They Silent fale

Stand stille and tall

Agaynst the Skie

None noweth why

Their Secrets they doe keepe

When we waxe wide awake

They

Slepe.


Barbara Tomlinson

Originally pulished at http://megalithicpoems.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

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