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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The diggers are back.....again....


 One of the photos of the 2016 Pensarn dig, showing the Bronze Age cist burial site at Pensarn -- from Emyr Jones's Facebook page

This is an interesting brief report on one student's involvement in the 2016 digs by MPP and his team.
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/news/ugbursaries-ayres-1.672001

The diggers have moved  back into the area, and news will no doubt filter through about where the 2017 digging is going on.  I'm not going out searching -- I have too many other things to do with my time.   Anyway, I understand that the diggers plan to dig once again in the Pensarn area, not far from Rhosyfelin -- somebody told me that this year's dig is essentially a "training dig" for students, but we can be in no doubt that the search for the Holy Grail is still going on.  These guys will probably not stop until they have found something Neolithic (a passage grave or something similar), maybe with a stone socket hole or two so that they can invest the site with significance.  The real search is of course for Proto-Stonehenge -- because MPP is now hell-bent on selling the idea that Stonehenge was really a Welsh monument, put up initially somewhere between Rhosyfelin and Carn Goedog, and then dismantled and carted off all the way to Salisbury Plain.

The programme of local talks for late September is already organized.  Book your tickets now, folks.......... pay over your money, and do your bit to keep the myth machine in good running order.......

16 comments:

TonyH said...

Been out today in wonderful Wiltshire, near the Wyle Valley and Boles Barrow. Two "extra" knowledgeable Englishmen have been helping with MPP's September dig, I have discovered. One is David Field, the other is Martin Green. Both fully capable of independent thought, and NOT part of the SRP/MPP bubble. Thank the Lord!

BRIAN JOHN said...

What, no Welshmen? More to the point, no Welsh geomorphologists who are familiar with the Pleistocene glacial and periglacial stratigraphy?

TonyH said...

They ARE digging adjacent to last year's dig, I understand from a participant who has just returned to England (Wiltshire). He was on a walk/ talk I was also on to do with William Cunnington of Boles Barrow (with its bluestone) and Bush Barrow, etc etc, fame.

Martin Green, esteemed farmer/ archaeologist of Down Farm Museum, Cranborne Chase, Dorset, is probably still on the dig, which has another 3 weeks to go, I hear.

Don't get too sucked in by all the MPP hyperbole & hype, folks! Keep an open, sensible, mind. Stay grounded.

TonyH said...

No idea. But David Field, recently retired from English Heritage, is highly recommended by me. He understands the geology of chalk and sarsens, for instance. And NOT full of himself.

TonyH said...

Brian, I hope you're composing a press release/ and/ or letter to the editors of various Welsh newspapers and the like as a counterblast to all the Indiana Jones bu**sh** we can expect as the garbage train spews out its nonsense once again.

Jon Morris said...

"They ARE digging adjacent to last year's dig,",

I forget: Where was last year's dig Tony?

BRIAN JOHN said...

Publicity is to be carefully managed...... but never fear, I have my cunning plans.....

Truth will out, and the more the diggers live inside their little bubble, the more absurd their antics will appear to the outside world. Made worse, of course, by the fact they they live in a complete state of denial about the existence of the two papers by Dyfed, John and me. Until they do address the evidence presented, and the issues raised, the more cowardly they will appear. It is appalling practice, academically, simply to ignore two sound peer-reviewed papers and to pretend that they do not even exist, simply because the points raised are "inconvenient." I have spoken to archaeologists who simply cannot believe they they would be so stupid. Their reputations are on the line......

BRIAN JOHN said...

John -- they are at Pensarn, not far from Rhosyfelin. Use the search facility to find the old posts. I hoofed around there a bit last year with Chris. One nice standing stone and a few other foliated rhyolite boulders in the hedges.

TonyH said...

John - approx Sept. last year on t'Blog.

Jon Morris said...

Thank Brian & Tony

Found it: Near Ffynnongroes. Training exercise for younger people perhaps? Hoping to get over your way soon Brian, but it's a long trip so not sure that I'll get over to the area that they are looking at.

TonyH said...

I reckon the Proto - Stonehenge is probably on one of the Pembrokeshire islands - good place for future digs and scenic back - drops for the likes of Sir Tony Robinson or that Scottish fellow with long hair and piercing eyes to invest the landscape with meaning as they walk backwards probably towards Ireland like Sir Harry R.I.P. and Spike R.I.P. back in the '50's.

BRIAN JOHN said...

Grassholm would be a good place to start. By the way, we had a great lecture from David Saunders at our PENfro Book Festival yesterday -- and he told us that Ronald Lockley and his wife spent their honeymoon night on Grassholm, with the gannets. Not a lot of people know that.......

TonyH said...

I suppose if some of us make a concerted diligent effort to encourage MPP and his brethren to visit Grassholm for future Proto - Stonehenge digs, it could be said that we have led them on a Wild Gannet Chase?

However, I feel they should make LUNDY ISLAND their prime target for future digs. Didn't your friend Mr Heath point out that Lundy is directly due east of Stonehenge; and other links with Preseli, involving triangles (strange encounters of the Third Kind?). I'd love to see a BBC4 programme from Lundy island, fronted by Neil Oliver, walking backwards......on.....and on......

Evergreen said...

Tony, if Lundy is due east of SH, we're all in a lot of trouble.

BRIAN JOHN said...

Never trust a geographer, especially one taught by me!

TonyH said...

I did correct my mistake late last night, but my message seems to have got lost on its way to Angel Mountain, Preseli, abode of the Blogmeister.

East is eat and west is west, and never the two shall meet.

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