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  •  So that's what it looks like! (6+ / 0-)

    Thank you for this, shortfinals.  I had been wondering about it.

    When I sent my Yule short story to my friend in England, she was struck by one of the scenes in it.  She said she had experienced the same feeling of intense happiness and reassurance that "everything was going to be all right" last summer when she sat on the stones at West Kennet Long Barrow.  Ever since she told me that, I've been wondering what the site was like.

    What do you think Silbury Hill is?  Is it also a barrow or burial mound of sorts?  Have people had any out-of-the-ordinary experiences while climbing Silbury Hill?

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:41:23 PM PST

    •  Well, let's start with the easy one.... (6+ / 0-)

      Firstly, you can't climb Silbury Hill ! It is wired off, and since it is in a VERY fragile state ....I respect the official position (this doesn't mean that I haven't seen people climb it, but I would not.)

      Due to the extensive excavations made, it is fairly certain that NO burial exists within the Hill. Many have thought it to be the site for sacrifices, but no fragments of bone or charred stones have been found.

      Undoubtedly, I would say it would be unthinkable for there NOT to have been religious ceremonies of some kind on the summit - just not sacrifices.

      I also think that it may well have been a 'relay station' of sorts. A means of passing a light signal or waving a banner to signify when a ceremony had been concluded at Avebury in order to let others at Stonehenge know (and the reverse is also true). You would need another vantage point somewhere else (not necessarily artificial) to do this.

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:56:27 PM PST

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