A brief post stimulated by a recent story on the NYT page (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/10/science/stonehenge-begins-to-yield-its-secrets.html?hpw&rref=science&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=well-region®ion=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=1) on recent findings in and around Stonehenge, which, we are informed, is not technically a henge–oh, well. Archeologists have excavated a nearby home site dated to 1000 years before the earliest construction of Stonehenge. It is by a spring which has algae on rocks that dries to a bright pink and I refuse to believe that this has anything to do with the selection of the site these 5 or 6 thousand years ago.
Anyway, when talking with an archeologist friend here in Virginia, he had heard the reports and said a real question was when this area was felt to be “sacred”. He added Americans love this stuff, and ok, we do, and many wonder why this area was chosen for extensive constructions and graves back in the day, not just Stonehenge but the surrounding areas and just up the River Avon, Woodhenge. This begs the question, however, of when and how in our evolution, we (Homo sapiens) came to apprehend the sacred. I look out at our farm and beautiful windy days like today and think, This is beautiful and I am lucky to be here, and I may say that Gaia is remarkable and that someplaces are incredibly special, what with ley lines, terrain, etc. But to feel that a place has a connection to or participates in the divine is something else again, e,g, Mt. Fujiyama, Croagh Patrick, the spring at Glastonbury, the caves at Delphi, etc. Most moderns think (?) that you build a church or create an altar, and thereby create a sacred space. The indigenous Americans found/find that very strange–how can the sacred be so dissociated from the land? I still want to know more about the evolutionary development of sacredness.
Two additional notes: Just down the road from the newly uncovered habitation is a good bed and breakfast in the town of Amesbury. If you visit Stonehenge you will be able to walk around it but not within it, unless you plan ahead and apply for a spot to walk in it before or after the normal business hours. Well worth it.
Lastly I will post in the next day or 3 the first post in a sporadic series entitled, “Finding a dialectical path between mysticism and positivism.” Be sure to stay tuned and to alert all your friends and neighbors. And now to travel on.