There are several stories to tell, any one of which would be exciting to share with
you all, but there are several fascinating sub-stories as well.
There is the story
of how the Amesbury Museum came into being, coupled with the extraordinary insight
and energy of the people of Amesbury who made this happen. I would love to tell you
about the museum itself and how it will be developed over the coming months and years.
exciting still, I can share with you from my own experience how this small Wiltshire
community rallied behind a woefully under-funded archaeological project for 6 years
to bring to light a totally new chapter of the British Mesolithic past, discovering
world class finds that may even eclipse Stonehenge itself in significance.
the well resourced ‘big guns’ of the archaeological establishment had missed making
this discovery themselves because of simple arrogance and through not paying attention
to ordinary local people.
I would like to tell you about the findings so far, about
my visits to the dig site and the significance of the findings, both for our understanding
of the Mesolithic and for the story of British spirituality.
Naturally, as a Druid,
and as a student of our ancestors' beliefs and spiritual practices, I’m most interested
in sharing the important new light that this dig shines upon these subjects. The
wonders that this dig has unearthed should, and I hope will, greatly interest Druids
Amesbury has lived for so long in the shadow of its nearby Neolithic henges,
that it might be fair to say that the small town has been completely eclipsed by
Stonehenge. Now, however, so incredible are the recent discoveries that the situation
could well reverse!
Note: There is a great deal to write about and to share with you, so in order to
do all this justice, I intend to go about it in stages.
Please keep checking back
to this site as I will be adding more material over the coming days and weeks.
videos of some of the lectures given by the archaeologists, which I have volunteered
not to post until after they have notified me that they are happy for me to do so.
I understand and respect that projects of this nature have to seek funding, part
of which may be dependent upon who tells the story and when.
Nonetheless, when talking
with the Amesbury community at the museum, the archaeologists were extremely forthcoming
and frank about their discoveries, many of which are very significant indeed!