And there were some very interesting things coming out of the talk last evening. Here are some snippets:
1. MPP suggests there are no less than nine rectangular dwellings on the slopes beneath the Carn Meini outcrops. He suggests that they are probably Neolithic, because Bronze Age and Iron Age dwellings tended to be circular. Sounds reasonable to me -- more info eagerly awaited. (Mind you, not sure I'd go along with the aside that this was probably a "quarryman's village".........)
2. There was some very interesting work reported by Colin Richards on the cromlechs / dolmens of the area. There has been a big dig at Garn Turne (the one with the enormous capstone) -- and he reckons that here, as at Pentre Ifan and Carreg Samson the stones that have been used as capstones were originally embedded in the ground and have been lifted up onto supporting pillars without being moved very far, if at all. He thinks they may not have been at the centre of earth or stone mounds at all, but that they were megalithic monuments in the true sense of the word, in the same sense that the trilithons at Stonehenge are "monuments". He also thinks that they are very old -- maybe as old as the dolmens of Brittany, some of which go back to 4,500 BC. I like the "use what's on the spot" idea -- and that of course is exactly what Steve Burrow says in his book. But a little bit of me thinks that he's got another ruling hypothesis going here -- namely that these monuments like Pentre Ifan were the precursors or the "models" for what came a bit later art Stonehenge.....
3. MPP reported on some recent geophysics (as yet unpublished) that suggests that the empty quarter at Stonehenge was indeed an empty quarter, and that the monument was never finished. Well well, never thought I'd hear him saying that..... Dave Field must be pleased, as I am pleased.
4. To my unpracticed eye, it seems to me that the digs at Garn Turne and Craig Rhosyfelin have been conducted with great professionalism, carefully marked and meticulously recorded. I look forward to seeing the info when it is all written up, and hope that the papers will tell it like it is, and just spare us the fantasising.