The word "remain" is the rpoblem. When the old time people were pushing the stones and digging the chalk they were emphatically ***not*** doing those things in wild places. Their whole impetus was to tame places, make wilderness bend to their needs, feed them; to protect their children from the wolves and the birds that wanted to eat the crops.
Then of course came the Little Ice Ages and the rains that made the peat grow five or six feet deep around the stones, stones long abandoned to a resurgent wilderness. Bummer.
Wilderness is a wonderful thing, so long as you don't have to actually depend on it for a living.
True, the 'noble savage' is myth not reality, Burl once gave a description of prehistoric people. A miserable short life, full of rheumatism, illness and early death - women dying with unborn babies in their wombs.
We put our own imaginings in place but what I was really trying to get at was the nature writing that brings modern 'us' against prehistoric' them' and their monuments.
Gladman probably expressed ' the moments of glory' humans feel when confronted by the sheer scale of nature, shared presumably for brief moments by all humans no matter what era.
There is a lot of interesting nature writing out there not all round prehistory, but putting the gods aside..... (People can see nothing around them that is not their own image; everything speaks to them of themselves.) That is a Marx quote stolen from a wiki on 'psychogeographers' yes such a term exists, which I had to look up - humans are such navel gazers ;)...
In the following article you will see Mabey say just the same as you...http://www.newstatesman.com/sc[...]ere-two-kinds-wildness-collide.
In the quest to understand why stone circles or neolithic barrows are placed where they are we have to resort to trying to interpret the landscape, but the landscape is so much more than us in the end, however much we 'tame' it....
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