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|Description ||Midwinter sunset at Castlerigg. This photo of the sunset from Stone 1 to near Stone 29 taken on the 31st December 1994 demonstrates well the problem of waterlogging due to mass visitors sealing the surface. I suggested that a narrow drainage trench was dug and used as a chance for archaeological observation. It was turned down for two reasons. Firstly only the stones themselves are under the control of English Heritage, the ground around them is controlled by the National Trust, and secondly, because the advisory archaeologist did not like the idea of a narrow trench, so did not push the idea. Sadly the flood water has now caused a cist to fall in, judging by its size and shape. |
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|Mony Phunkwhite |
|Tooooo baaaad. It seems to me that there are three positions a society can tke regarding historical landmarks;
-(a) Refuse public access, esentially allowing everything but human beings to manipulate the site.
-(b) Re-engineer the site to compensate for human interaction with the site.
-(c) Or simply continue to treat the site as a normal function of time and existance, and allow the impact of human usage create some thing new and equally significant to humanity's long and glorios history here on this planet.
I think I would take the third position. To future historians, the evidence of the fascination with the site speaks volumes about our society a this time . To preserve the site would mean preserving the history of societies that came before us. To incorporate the site into our present preserves the history of our current society for the future. This I beleive is why we study history, to try and understand who we are by relating to our past. Although There are plenty of modern day Iconic symbols in existance today, nothing says "we're fascinated with our past" like a site the continues to be a functioning part of everyday life throughout history.|
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