Neolithic Stones and Such Stuff
I have always been fascinated with the Neolithic Standing Stones of Great Briton. Stonehenge, Prehistoric Avebury (Eve’s-bury?) Silbury Skara Brae, Callenish Circle, Boyne Valley. My mom rarely tells the tale about little Mary when she was about 5 years old looking up at the black and white TV news story about English Stonehenge saying “LOOK Mummy, I lived there.” Since I was American born and bred, she was suitably stunned I was always an odd Fey child. I started to carefully build little, rock Cairns in my sandbox… which were immediately knocked about by my ruffian siblings who were true Yankee Doodles.
My artwork has always been strangely out worldly
I started to look up photos and information on the ancient European hill figures and standing stones and studied them in my thoughts- These were huge monumental, cooperative undertakings, more massive than we modern civilizations can comprehend.
These communities had to live and breathe these constructions! Besides, people get bored, then trouble starts. There has to be an organized activity that everyone wants to participate in.)
I figure that each territorial ‘building’ had to be the biggest and most impressive feat possible.
The Uffington Horse is 360 feet from nose to tail and built completely with bone axes and shoulder blades of local deer. Made c.1380 BCE. during the late
Proud Monuments that say “This place is taken. We live here! Look what we can do together! Look how strong and organized we are!
Think well, before you
dare to attack us!”
And I bet newcomers wandering across the land were impressed! Then as now!
Hell, I’m impressed 2000 years later! Their prehistoric, cooperative accomplishments astound our modern minds. The tangibility of these, all our ancestors, just real human men and women not so genetically altered, so like each of us today, endures as ancient ruins all over the common landscape of today’s world.
We can’t presume to
understand their rich, social reality, or rituals of life and death by examining the bits and pieces, and ancient artifacts left for our Scientists to Carbon date. But how can we feel anything but Global Pride and awe at our distant ancestors’ unconquerable determination to work together, somehow, to create a common civilization?