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Edited Feb 17, 2012, 18:35
Re: Climbing on Standing Stones
Feb 17, 2012, 19:32
jonnyj wrote:
tjj wrote:

More disconcerting perhaps was when I was with some people who were visiting the Avebury area and two of them climbed on top of the Devil's Den dolmen (albeit a reconstruction) - I freely admit I didn't say anything to them but was taken aback when they did it. For me it is an issue of respect as its unlikely that standing on a sarsen stone would damage it.



I think i know who you're referring to tjj, didn't they discover what is probably only the second example of rock art in Wiltshire in doing so?,
two very probable cup marks previously unrecorded. :)



Were they cup marks though, I'm no expert but I understood that rock art and sarsens don't generally go together. I've just had a look at a photograph Scubi took a while back looking down on the capstone and the markings look natural to me.
http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/25/devils_den.html
I suppose the question is 'does the means justify the end'. In the great scheme of things no damage was done. It sounds like you might know me so you will also know I'm not the sort of person to start laying down the law to others - even if I don't agree with their actions. Had I thought damage was being done I am certain I would have spoken up - as I'm sure you would have done too.
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