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Evergreen Dazed
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Re: Silbury Hill trespassers
Jan 07, 2013, 16:54
Mustard wrote:
Evergreen Dazed wrote:


Do we sacrifice our *experience* of the monument in order to protect it?

It's difficult to answer that question without opening a whole can of worms! I think we have to accept that nothing lasts forever, and we can't preserve monuments in an hermetically sealed bubble. They will, inevitably, deteriorate over time - be that within a few hundred or a few thousand years. The question is where we draw the line - how much damage do we mitigate, and how do we weigh that against the ability to enjoy monuments? How many of us, for example, would be comfortable seeing the embankment at Avebury closed to visitors? That would undoubtedly help conservation, but it would significantly impact upon the ability of people to enjoy the monument.

I don't think there's any objectively right or wrong answer to these questions. I think we pretty much just have to draw an arbitrary line where we feel most comfortable.


I agree, a minefield (thats not a proposed solution btw)

All things considered, I would go with the chalk path option. Keep the monument accessable, retain the very very special atmosphere of Avebury, and strongly encourage people to use the path.
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