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British Museum

The new prehistoric galleries are open - a limited amount of lovely things on show although sadly they seem smaller than they did previously.

London Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

London Stone Moving to Museum of London

The Evening Standard ran a story yesterday to confirm that the stone will finally be moving - to the Museum of London. The building in which it is presently housed is being demolished (thankfully).

I suppose it doesn't really matter - it has been moved several times from it's original supposed location and at least it will be well and informatively housed in the museum.

What's more interestingn is the whearabouts of the rest of it under the road outside the station.....
"So, here are the dead fathers. Their spirit is entombed in the stone. It lies upon the land with the same weight and the same ubiquity. For whoever makes a shelter of reeds and hides has joined his spirit to the common destiny of creatures and he will subside back into the primal mud with scarcely a cry. But he who builds in stone seeks to alter the structure of the universe and so it was with these masons however primitive their works may seem to us"

That is the wonderful Cormac McCarthy writing on the context of one culture colliding with a predecessor and eloquently summing up my intuition of the prehistoric imagination.


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