What is that? How did it come to this? No matter what archeology discovers, the iconic range of 13-foot-tall, 25-ton stone blocks called Stonehenge continues to mystify.
They say it was a temple built four or five thousand years ago. But who were the faithful, and how did they transport such a tonnage without forklift in the world?
No one can answer these questions. Prehistory does not come with instructions. But that didn’t stop the English Museum the opening of an exhibition entitled “The World of Stonehenge” without the ancient monument.
The Guardian describes the spectacle as magical and “a great burial mound full of sparkling treasures”.
Romanticize the stones
It’s hard to think of the museum display examples as stone axes and a wooden trident as jewelry. Romancing these stones seems a bit dolce vita right now as Russian missiles pulverize Ukraine. It makes me see the old one still standing Stonehenge like mocking us for razing a built environment to dust.
Novelist Bernard Calwell did more than romanticize the stones. He filled in the gaps in his prehistory with his 2004 fiction titled – you guessed it – Stonehenge. Basically it’s yarn, a made-up drama, with what it says is “a tale of love, rivalry, betrayal and a great mystery temple.”
But wait, there’s more to Cornwellis the novel.
There is also betrayal, betrayal, hatred and revenge. In this sense, one could say that his novel speaks of prehistory Putins. Obviously, Caldwell is writing with a 20th century mindset, for the ancient temple could not have transcended its time if there was as much enmity as he imagines.
that’s why StonehengeThe very existence of looks like a mockery pointed at our ways of waging war.
Civilization can boast of many things, but its inability to remain peaceful is killing it. I think of cities like the ancient city of bosrahSyria is no more, devastated by war.
May be Stonehenge will stand as he lives apart from mankind on an uninhabited land called Salisbury Plain In England.
Put a relic in danger
But here’s the thing. While Stonehenge lives alone, a military training group occupies half of the plain. The area would be considered dangerous due to the actual firing ranges. With all that firepower surrounding it, I have to wonder if the era of the ancient monument are numbered.
While I’m talking about war games, a related story comes from the Smithsonian on the World Monuments Fund’s “watch list” of 25 at-risk cultural heritage sites identified in Ukraine.
The listing cites the Ivankiv History and Local History Museum in the north of Kyiv on fire in “a serious fire”. Russia also hit hard Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in the capital.
Then there is the very significant human cost.
the The United Nations human rights office, reports 437 civilian casualties (and counting) PutinThe invasion of Ukraine. Once again, the man and the monuments mowed down in real time on the screen before our eyes.
As we count the bodies and buildings lost in war, Stonehenge continues to stare at us as preachers.
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