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drought archaeology

We haven’t had rain in weeks and weeks now. They got the hay up in June — earliest ever — and my lawn is a sad, pale, yellow shadow of Springtime green.

But it does interesting things like this. Traces of humans leave impressions on the land for thousands of years and generations of farming never fully eradicate them.

This is a late stone age henge, in a part of Ireland that is weirdly full of henges. Seriously, they’d love to know why there were so many in this one narrow place. This one’s unusual for its double ring wall, but it’s on private land and there’s no intent to dig at the moment.

There is more archaeology turning up across the UK, thanks to a confluence of the drought and all the drone photography.

But not here. Not in my yard. Though we are miles from the sea now, the patch we live on was reclaimed from the water in late Medieval times. I live on weirdly new land!

Comments


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: July 12, 2018, 10:37 pm

Giorgio Tsoukalos has the answer!

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 12, 2018, 10:40 pm

Well, that’s certainly an answer, ExpressoBold.

 


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: July 12, 2018, 10:42 pm

Well…. my answer was going to be “redheads” but I cannot prove it AND, like Strzok, I’m biased.

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 12, 2018, 11:05 pm

Based on watching Time Team and its offshoots for 25 years plus, I think the photos of the drought archeology are a bit enhanced.

The last theory I heard on the purpose of henges was that it was a gathering place for yuge orgies which would why there were so many in Ireland, the horny bastards.

 


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: July 13, 2018, 1:20 am

Well of course not in your yard! All they’d find there is a wobbly cat bombed out of her mind on Mary Jane.

 


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 13, 2018, 2:30 am

Stoaty, you could have a Viking Long Ship in the back pasture! Do you have a metal detector? How about a drone? Uncle Badger seems sweetly indulgent—have you even ASKED for a drone?

 


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: July 13, 2018, 2:04 pm

Bigass fairy ring! Probably made by bigass ‘little people’.
Did a nice job with the circle didn’t they?

Probably the Tuatha de Danann built the joint, you know, “aliens” from the continent.

 


Comment from Jon
Time: July 13, 2018, 4:43 pm

“I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more henges!” #cowbell

 

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