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Re: Getting back to the subject in hand - Silbury Hill
Aug 03, 2007, 17:38
Thanks for that moss.

She talked of archaeological 'monoliths' not stone this time, but squares of chalk taken for future research and frozen in time, of course in cold storage, bit like heritage seed collections, they would be kept I suppose for sediment and pollen analysis...

If a few 'monoliths' mean very small samples for future analysis I can't see too much to object to there - compared to the vast quantities of the structure that were extracted and dumped who-knows-where by Atkinson and his team for the 1960's BBC pogramme such samples pale into insignificance. There's a strange bit of logic at work here though. Extract samples now and freeze them for future research while leaving a time capsule in Silbury for future retrieval? Mmmm... a bit of lateral thinking suggests that a really worthwhile time capsule would be the sample monothiths out of the structure, not a 21st century glass jar inside it :-)
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