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Silbury updates
May 20, 2007, 16:20
Following on from moss' post at http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/forum/?thread=40950&message=509502 perhaps we could do a Silbury Hill pop-up book as well as a Stonehenge one :-) This would show Silbury's pristine appearance four and a half thousand years ago, followed by its various desecrations and humilities over the last few hundred years. We could have pull-up Cornish miners, abseiling Dutchmen and an Atkinson look-alike being tabbed in and out of his tunnel on a BBC forklift (wearing of course a Superman tunic). We could even run a caption on what pompous platitudes Atkinson was spouting before he bugged off and let his tunnel into the heart of Silbury be backfilled with road chippings.

Can't quite decide how we should pop-up English Heritage (have a few ideas but they verge on the criminal :-) any and all suggestions however are welcome. Meanwhile, English Heritage have said that, "Each Friday, starting with the 18th of May, a new PDF will be made available which will show how far we have got into the tunnel, with images from inside Silbury Hill and an update on the key progress and findings from that week of the project."* That was three days ago - so far zilch. Nor have English Heritage answered the question I sent their 'Ask the Experts' link** last week (or any other questions anyone else may have asked them). Perhaps their experts are away on a long weekend - that is, after all, more important than keeping the concerned taxpayer up-to-date with how their money is being spent on possibly the most important conservation project of the century. Then again, if past performance on the conservation of Silbury is anything to go by, perhaps EH are employing the wrong sort of expert... or worse, don't actually have any experts qualified for the task. Time will tell.

* http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.17511
** http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.17513
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