I'm thinking of putting in for a £1 million grant from the AHRC and assorted other learned institutions, matched of course by the National Geographic, for a project designed to discover the most delightful Neolithic picnic sites in the British Isles. The project will run for a minimum of five years, and will start with a pioneering study based in Pembrokeshire. Recruitment of the research team will commence shortly. Bring your own sandwiches.
Craig Rhosyfelin is a truly delightful site with a nearby babbling brook which has already been examined in detail, and the results will be published shortly. Picnics (and perhaps even the odd BBQ and rave) have undoubtedly been held here for many thousands of years. All will be revealed.
But Rhosyfelin is by no means unique. There are literally scores of other delightful picnic sites, with shadowy dappled woodlands, attractive rocky crags, whispering breezes, echoing birdsong, gushing springs or meandering rivulets. Here are a few more candidates.
It is known already that many of these sites have prehistoric associations, with hut circles, animal enclosures, fortifications, stone walls, cromlechs and standing stones in the vicinity. What the new project will seek to demonstrate is that starting in the Mesolithic and continuing through the Neolithic and the Bronze Age, the population of Pembrokeshire was not made up of stupid brutish warring tribes but of highly sophisticated and peaceful people who liked nothing better than a picnic out with the family, in a pleasant spot, maybe accompanied by a spot of fishing or squirrel-catching now and then.
When the details of the project are announced, we expect a veritable flood of applicants. Holes will be dug occasionally. Film rights are in negotiation.