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Romancing the stones

From The Guardian, Wednesday June 16, 2004
Julian Cope may well be the only antiquarian researcher to have appeared on Top of the Pops while stoned on acid. He talks to John Vidal about why we venerate landscape, the politics of heritage, shamanism, and the prehistoric nature of football worship

Julian Cope, a middle-aged man wearing a baseball cap, is sitting under a great oak at Avebury, one of Britain's finest megalithic sites, holding forth on what makes a place hallowed. There are, he says, tens of thousands of stone circles, dolmans, amphitheatres and monuments, but these are mere pointers. "The sacred landscape is everywhere," he says. "Britain's ancientness shocks me. It's all there, just below the surface. You can peel it away like the skin of an onion."
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Jane Posted by Jane
16th June 2004ce

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