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Silbury Hill

Artificial Mound

Silbury Hill (Artificial Mound) by GLADMAN Viewed near East Kennett long barrow. West Kennett long barrow is visible to its left.
GLADMAN Image Credit: Robert Gladstone
Posted by GLADMAN
31st July 2010ce
Edited 31st July 2010ce
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Comments (2)

Isn't it strange the sense of altitude? From west Kennett you seem to be higher than East Kennett, and vice versa, and Avebury doesn't seem so low when you are there. This photo shows East Kennett to be as high as Silbury Hill, judging by the horizon, and West Kennett much lower. Is that Windmill Hill on the far right, higher than all? Interesting how perspectives change when you compare the opposite views, especially those from on the top of a ridge to in a shallow valley.
The Eternal Posted by The Eternal
31st July 2010ce
The downs possess subtle variations in topography - as opposed to the often violent contasts I'm used to in Wales (as yourself in Cumbria)...I guess that's why Silbury (in particular) 'works' here, but probably wouldn't in many other places across these isles? It is made - literally - for Avebury

I've been reading a bit of Dawkins recently about how poorly 'designed' the human eye actually is - retina back to front etc - requiring an awful lot of evolutionary mutational tinkering to produce the images we see. Sort of like a modern jet which couldn't stay in the air without a computer constantly making control adjustments. Maybe this complex photoshopping accounts for things appearing higher/lower than they actually are according to the map... the brain deciding it should be so... and that's that!
1st August 2010ce
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