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Evergreen Dazed
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Re: Silbury Hill trespassers
Jan 08, 2013, 21:51
thesweetcheat wrote:
Evergreen Dazed wrote:
I also agree with what you (half jokingly perhaps) referred to regarding psychology.
Just as an exmaple, imagine several signs, one after the other. Friendly, welcoming, but each urging (some might say begging) people not to climb the monument. Something like that would make the guillt of ignoring those pleas quite large in most peoples minds.

Its fairly easy to get people to do/think what you want, you just have to know the tricks I guess.

I agree with this, as I said earlier the majority of people will follow "the rules" whatever they might be.

Perhaps the messages could get stronger on progressive signs placed on the slopes:

"If you wouldn't mind, please please don't climb the hill, awfully kind of you"

"Please don't climb any further"

"Stop climbing now!"

"Climbing further will result in certain death"

"Death imminent"

"Goodbye (we told you)"

haha, then a final one 'look out!' and gunfire and rocket noises triggered by touch sensitive pads on the top!

What about something like :

"We know you might like to climb this hill. We often feel the same. It is a magnificent, beautiful structure and its presence here, even after 4000 years, is still breathtaking. We are so lucky just to still be able to come to this place to look at this hill and dream. We all do it. The people that love and care for our prehistoric heritage come here from all walks of life and from all parts of this country and the world.

Some, no doubt well meaning, old archaeological investigations have compromised the integrity of this hill. At one point it was in a very real danger of collapsing. It is still in a very fragile state.
Some people, in trying to feel as close a bond as possible perhaps to our ancestors and to our past, like to climb the hill. Many do not realise the damage that is done by what amounts to thousands of people walking on the hill over many years. We also know that most of those people would be horrified if they realised the damage they were inadvertently causing to such a precious monument.

We know you might like to climb this hill. We would too.

But please don't.

We want it to still be here in another 4000 years for others to marvel at as you do, and when you leave this place today we would like you to feel you have played your part in its survival.

Thank you and please enjoy your time here."
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