"We theorised that some places really seemed to "come alive" when lots of people gather there"
Yes, well that's about the only possible clue we have to how people behaved in there.
Maybe we all carry a subconscious bias... Stonehenge is ancient and made of stone so it's a cross between a cathedral and a museum ergo a place for sobriety and reverence and attendants in caps keeping order, and chucking out promptly. Maybe all those things are the exact opposite of how it was. Maybe the EH people should strip off and egg people on to act outrageously for weeks on end. Or do they prefer to create Stonehenge in their own image of it? I demand evidence for their imposition of their particular notion of how solstice celebrations ought to be.
Well as one who has been putting news up, I do feel people don't half make a fuss about the crowds... go to Bath, festival after festival, fairs in the park - people enjoying themselves. Glastonbury festival down the road, again people enjoying themselves...yet when it comes to Solstice we pussyfoot around the subject....does it have to be religious - no, the act of being alive watching a natural event unfold and joining in a social event....
Stonehenge is truly an icon, and everyone brings to it their particular viewpoint, you can't regulate or narrowly define its role in history, we all make up the story as we go along or what particular book we happen to be reading at the time - all to no avail cos there's always another one being written.....
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16th June 2009ce
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