I’ve been interested in “stone age” history for many, many years and have always tried to visit neolithic sites whenever I can; my children will probably remember on numerous holidays us driving into the wilds of nowhere for me to look at a pile of rocks, or maybe just a few rocks, or maybe just a single rock… I’m not sure what the fascination is, I just feel very in tune with sch places. I don’t mean that I think I have any connection, or feel any vibe… well, actually… maybe I do… but I just think that so often modern people really underestimate how similar people who lived thousands of years before us are.

We have so much stuff… our lives are full of stuff…and so much of our stuff is actually unnecessary. I’m constantly aware of how little I have which I actually made or processed… we grow some vegetables which w eat, but the utensils we use aren’t made by use, the heat to cook them isn’t made by us, the plates we eat them off isn’t made by us…

The people who came before gathered and hunted their food; they cooked it on fires they had made from what they had collected; they cooked it in pots and ate it from dishes they had made from the clay they had found. They made their own clothes, they made their own houses… we have just been to the pub – they would have made their own drinks!

Their technology was incredible!

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Looking towards the entrance… I was so excited!

P1040723 Going into the barrow… I was trembling!!

P1040732How amazing! I’m in awe!

17 thoughts on “West Kennet Long Barrow

  1. I so love the Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape. You’re so right, they had do do everything. With stone. Bronze wasn’t much use apparently, according to my archaeologist chum, mostly used as ‘bling’.

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    • That’s true I’m sure… for most people they would have used the remarkably adaptable and renewable flint… When I was teaching I did a history project on Native Americans, and we looked at how they used the bison and literally every bit was used in someway, nothing was wasted, not even the yukky bits… I’m sure it was the same for big animal hunters over here – nothing would have been wasted… Um I seem to have diverted from bronze bling!

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