Thursday, 23 January 2014

Time Team & Professors Darvill and Wainright now support my Post Glacial Flooding theory!

By Robert John Langdon

In a recent special episode of Time Team looking for the location of the 1066 battle of Hastings, the archaeologists needed to resort to using a Post Glacial Flood map to locate the exact location of the famous site.

Time Team Map of Hastings
Time Team's 3D Flood Map

This should be no surprise to my regular readers as my map series has already found countless errors in our history already and will continue to do so in the future as more areas are published and made available to the general public (unlike the time team maps!!).  I have included an article for those who missed the programme - but note the last paragraph of this article which shows the blatant censorship the archaeological world has on anything new even when it is proved to be correct.

According to the Daily Telegraph online:

"The precise location for the Battle of Hastings has long been in dispute, with competing historians making claims for three rival sites.  Now, an investigation by Channel 4’s Time Team has concluded the battle – and the death of England’s last Anglo-Saxon king – was actually centred on a fourth site: a road junction on the A2100 in East Sussex.

The team assessed the three other sites, but found that there was no physical evidence to support any of the theories and practical reasons to discount all of them.  Instead, they put forward the fourth spot, following an analysis of the landscape, as it would have appeared at the time.
It is just outside the part of the modern town of Battle, East Sussex, which has been traditionally accepted as being the battlefield, and which is registered as such by English Heritage.
The government quango believes the fighting occurred in the grounds of Battle Abbey, which it now runs as a visitor attraction, offering tours of the surrounding area.
According to the traditional account, accepted for almost a millennium, the abbey, now in ruins, was built on the battlefield itself, with the high altar marking the precise spot where Harold fell, reputedly with an arrow in his eye.
However, no human remains or artefacts from the conflict have ever been found in the area, even though some 10,000 men are believed to have died there.
The Time Team researchers were given permission to conduct the first dig of its kind there, excavating three long strips of earth, totalling almost 600ft, but were unable to unearth any evidence. They also concluded that area should be discounted because it was boggy, which invading Normans would not have wanted to use.
The team also conducted a metal detector search of a 30,000 sq ft area of Caldbec Hill, one mile north of the “official” battlefield, where John Grehan, a historian from Shoreham, West Sussex, believes the clash took place, after studying a dossier of contemporaneous documents.
In addition, the Normans erected a cairn of stones on the battle site to commemorate their victory, known as a 'Mount-joie’ in French. The summit of Caldbec Hill is still known as Mountjoy.
But again, no evidence was found and the researchers discounted the site, concluding Harold would have found the hill top too large to defend with the force he had at his disposal. Instead, he would have moved to a more advantageous spot, further downhill.
The team also dismissed a third site, proposed by Nick Austin, another local historian, who puts the scene two miles south of Battle, nearer the coast, at the village of Crowhurst. In support of his theory, he has pieced together information from medieval documents and the Domesday Book.
He also bases his claims on what he believes are topographical clues in the Bayeaux Tapestry.
The experts rejected the supposed archaeological findings put forward for this site - and instead selected their own. By conducting an aerial survey of surrounding countryside, they were able to create a picture of what the landscape was like before it was developed.
It led them to conclude that Harold’s men did assemble on Caldbec Hill, before moving off, to a ridge of high land – now occupied by the mini roundabout – where they could take up a position to meet the Normans.
In support of their theory, they cited an axe head, in the town museum, which could date from the battle. It is said to have been found in the approximate area of the roundabout, which is on the outskirts of the modern town, around 600ft from the Abbey itself on the Mountfield to Baldslow road.
EH has previously dismissed rival theories, but earlier this year announced that it would conduct a review into its decision not to change the registered battlefield, in response to a legal challenge in favour of the Crowhurst theory. A decision is expected next month."

Darvill and Wainright in Current Archaeology

The following artice was published in Current Archaeology about Stonehenge in December 2013.  The most interesting aspect of the article was additional interpretation they included in a section called 'Watery Worlds' :

'The 3rd key theme that has emerged from our work is the link between the monuments and water. In the Preseli Hills, many of the stone monuments lie close to natural springs and watercourses. At Carn Menyn, springs issue from the rocks that were the focus of quarrying and extraction. Some of these springheads have even been elaborated with the construction of a wall to create a small pool. Cairns sometimes stand around the springhead, and some springs were enhanced by the addition of rock art on stones around the rim. Water from many of the springs is considered to have healing powers, and some were adopted as holy wells in recent times.

Springs are increasingly being recognised as important focal points in the Stonehenge landscape. Investigations by David Jacques [Open University] at Blick Mead on the west side of Amesbury have revealed that the spring here is associated with activity from the 6th millenium BC through into recent times (CA 271). As well as thousands of pieces of worked Mesolithic flint, his excavations revealed a broken Bronze Age dagger, a lead object likely to be a Romano- British curse, and a 5th century AD Anglo-Saxon disc brooch. Most importantly, at Stonehenge itself, the reconfiguration of the bluestone setting in Stage 3 coincides with the construction of The Avenue as a ceremonial way leading to whatever watercourse lay in Stonehenge Bottom at this time, and then onwards 2.1 km SE to the River Avon

"A watercourse lay in Stonehenge Bottom at this time" - do they mean this?

Stonehenge's Avenue - Neolithic Period
From 'The Stonehenge Enigma' 2010
Its always encouraging to know that the revered Professors are taking note of my hypothesis - be nice to get the deserved acknowledgement though!!

RJLt Glacial Flooding has affected these prehistoric ancient megalithic sites through raised groundwater levels.

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