Three days left. When I read this story I wondered what archaeologists would make of it in 5000 years time. What if we had to start again after some catastrophe, climatic, asteroid, nuclear? It’s likely that most scientific knowledge would disappear and have to be re-discovered; physical records would soon decay, electronic records would be unreadable without the technology or the energy. Stone would survive but we don’t write much on stone these days. So archaeologists would be left with a baffling anachronistic barrow. What would they think? Here’s some imaginative speculation …….
The Hand of Man
|The date …..
twenty-eighth of December, seventy thirteen.
The scene …..
a day to remember for the archaeology team
who unearthed the barrow.
Narrow, fifty metres long, why was it there?
What had gone on?
Why was it created five thousand years after others were made?
Was it the carapace-shell of a space-vessel gone hopelessly wrong?
The barrow lay secreted near Stonehenge,
The barrow too was sarsen forged,
Inside just ash.
|28th December 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “A tomb with a view – 5,500 years on: Wiltshire farmer brings back the long barrow burial mound.” Tim Daw, 52, has been granted planning permission to create a 50m walk-in burial mound at his family farm near Devizes. Several members of the public have already signed up to have their ashes buried there. It will contain seven circular chambers lined with niches for storing ash-filled urns. When full, the barrow could house the remains of up to 2,400 people.
- A tomb with a view – 5,500 years on: Wiltshire farmer brings back the long barrow burial mound (philosophers-stone.co.uk)
- Iron Age hill-forts to Bronze Age burial barrows – why there’s more to the New Forest than meets the eye (bournemouthecho.co.uk)