Saturday, 20 December 2014

Avebury - Debunked

by Robert John Langdon

This is the second video in my new 'debunked series' where I look at current archaeological 'myths' and totally disprove the so called evidence for something more rational and sensible.  This post is about Avebury.

Avebury is unique as it has one of the largest man made ditches in Britain (over 10m deep) archaeologists as shown in this video believe that these ditches are built by primitive man using basic 'antler picks' but the video will show that this is impossible and the evidence used - such as the antler picks found in the bottom of the ditch are in fact nothing to do with the ditches a part from their use in 'cleaning out' the moat when in use.

The video shows the following pictures from my archive never seen before on the internet that totally 'debunk' the myth of Avebury.

Avebury Cross-section by Grey 1914
Cross-section drawing of Avebury 

This is a cross-section drawing of Avebury drawn in 1914 by St George Grey (love the name!) showing that our ancestors took great care to make sure the bottom was flat - the question is why?

If it's a ceremonial ditch (as some deluded archaeologists suggest) why flat? why so deep? surely a small easy to cut round ditch would suffice?

Unless its for a water and was in fact a moat?

But what evidence is there that it was once full of water?

Well strangely enough the excavation proved it was once full of water as as they dug towards the bottom - guess who?  It started to fill with water as shown on the next picture.

Avebury excavation ditch of the moat
Who would have believed it - we struct water chaps!!

Now this is in May 1914 and they have reached the water table level.  We know in winter the water table would be higher and more importantly, we know that the water tables have been falling since the Ice Age Flood ten thousand years ago  that's why old wells are now dry.

So they question is even more urgent for those up to their waist in water digging this ditch - why a flat bottom - your not going to see it as its full of water?

It's the same reason reason that we dredge rivers and canals - silting!

The silting will create a round bottom to the moat/canal - if you make the bottom flat, it will take longer to silt up than if it was round, prolonging its use or for the need to remove the silt.  Is this what we are finding in the 'fill' of these ditches, the tools used to keep the moat/canal clean and free from weeds - Antler picks and cow shoulder blades??

So this video will show Avebury's phases of use:

Phase I

After the Post Glacial Flooding - waters subsided and Windmill Hill became an Island which was the first Trading Post in this area.  As the waters from the flooding subsided the site had to cut ditches for boats into the side of the hill - we now call these early trading sites with round canal cuttings, Causewayed Enclosures.

Phase II

When the waters no longer reached the canal/moats of Windmill Hill they looked south of the site for a new home and chose Avebury.  They then dug ditches bigger than ever to take larger boats and ships with a wall to protect them from the weather/storms.

Phase III

When the water fell so far that they could not get the ships to Avebury they created a landing site on the Kennet with a stone walkway to Avebury we call 'The Sanctary' which attracted ships and boats via a gigantic beacon built on a man-made hill known as Silbury Hill.

But yet there is still one great mystery about Avebury seldom considered - the oversized Stones that make the outer ring of the henge - the reason for these gigantic Stone (and the clue is that Avebury is a trading point) will be full discussed in part 2 of Avebury Debunked.

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