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Monday, 14 April 2014

Historic photos


I found these in my photo album -- from the millennium Stone Pull in the summer of 2000.  I was there -- pulling hard.......

Top photo -- there was almost a nasty accident when the sledge went out of control on a downhill section, on the approach to Blackpool Mill.  Luckily nobody was hurt.
A carpet of Netlon which was laid in advance on the stone route so as to reduce friction and make haulage easier.

Bottom photo -- showing the pulling technique used, and the smooth carpet of Netlon.  This reminds me that I still have major doubts about rope technology, and the ability of Neolithic tribes to manufacture ropes strong enough and long enough to sustain at least 80 stone-hauling expeditions between West Wales and Stonehenge.


2 comments:

TonyH said...

Top photo - "There was almost a nasty accident when the sledge went out of control on a downhill section, on the approach to Blackpool Mill. Luckily nobody was hurt."

My goodness you did make what one might say was miraculous progress. I am familiar with Blackpool Mill - close to Hartland Point, North Devon!!! Your tribe appears to have done a spot of Walking On Water.

BRIAN JOHN said...

Ah -- if only.... there are too many Blackpool Mills, just as there are too many Newports.