A modern stone monument, The Georgia Guidestones, also known as America’s Stonehenge, has been blown up. Religious right-wingers have claimed the monument was built by Satan and those with that belief are thought to have been involved.

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This would not normally be of interest to the Journal but we see there have been a flurry of hits on our 2014 article “Stonehenge a satanic temple?” which was prompted by reports that “satanists” had been allowed private access into the monument and were heard chanting “Hail Satan”.

It would perhaps be wise for English Heritage to state publicly that Stonehenge was NOT built by Satan and its own wish for inclusivity does NOT extend to allowing such groups into the monument.

Yesterday English Heritage was in a contemplative mood: “Each year the anniversary of when the first stone was raised at Stonehenge passes by without us knowing. It’s one of many secrets kept by the mysterious monument!

Indeed, it’s unknowable. More knowable, near enough, is the date of the next significant event in the story of the monument: the day English Heritage finally succeeds in hiding the stones from travellers. The project is expected to be completed in 2028 so we estimate the stones will only be visible to travellers for another 2,190 days, having previously been visible for 1,820,000 days!

You may well ask what gives a fleeting “here today gone tomorrow” charity the authority to make such a change and whether they are quite, quite sure they are doing right by the future. It seems unlikely. See this letter (from the Daily Telegraph on 28 April 2014) which utterly skewered their case:

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If only the public and the Establishment looked at what goes on in detecting forums they’d know it’s true. See this from 2017:

“The Yorkshire Museum very kindly hosted a conference today coinciding with 20 years of the implementation of the Treasure act… And then it came on to treasure act reform, the museums are strapped for cash, they are finding it hard to fund the acquisition costs for significant treasure items, so what is the solution? To reduce the amount paid to finders and landowners. Its a total shot in the foot… “They cannot be serious!!!” .. such a policy would probably see the declaration of Treasure items stopping overnight.

… and then a photo of a girl with the contents of her piggy bank appeared … one implication could be that kids are funding reward fees paid to detectorists, that was well below the belt in my book. (So it’s untrue how?)

It’s enough to make you weep. Here’s Kane Brides, Senior Research Officer in the Conservation Evidence team at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust:

“The best part of this job? Telling the farmer that their brood of Curlew have successfully fledged & thanking them for all their support & cooperation in delaying & managing the hay cut. We couldn’t do this without our farmers, they are the guardians of these birds”

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… which is in stark contrast to archaeological artefacts. Farmers are the sole guardians of those for without their assent there would be no metal detecting yet the archaeological Establishment does summersaults not to hammer home to them that the majority of detectorists fail to report finds. Why the difference? It’s not as if it would be difficult to say in the farming press:

“Most detectorists DON’T support or comply with the Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales (2017) and if they show you a code it almost certainly won’t be that one. You may well wonder why!”

The eviction of Mr. and Mrs. Jackdaw seems to have caused quite a stir. Here’s part of an article we published in 2013 which reinforces their claim to being long-term tenants:

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About now the jackdaws should be busily raising their families in nests built in crevices in Stonehenge. One favoured spot is a “chimney” within Stone 60 which they have to patiently drop sticks through until one becomes wedged and they can start building their nest. How long jackdaws have been living at Stonehenge is anyone’s guess but it’s quite possible they have been there far longer than there have been ravens at the Tower of London. It certainly suits them very well. As 18th century English poet William Cowper wrote of the jackdaw….

A great frequenter of the church,
Where, bishoplike, he finds a perch,
And dormitory too

At around the same time the early ecologist, Gilbert White, noted that ….

“Another very unlikely spot is made use of by daws as a place to breed in, and that is Stonehenge. These birds deposit their nests in the interstices between the upright and the impost stones of that amazing work of antiquity: which circumstance alone speaks the prodigious height of the upright stones, that they should be tall enough to secure those nests from the annoyance of shepherd-boys, who are always idling round that place”.

It constitutes quite a legal precedent. Mr and Mrs Jackdaw of Stonehenge and their relatives may have been in continuous residence for 3,500 years.

Did you know that anti bird nesting netting was an addition to Stonehenge made whilst they were replacing the mortar under a Scheduled Monuments Consent (SMC)? Yet the consent makes no mention of installing netting. Is it not therefore a criminal offence? https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/hpg/consent/smc/

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Interviewed by the Journal Mr Jackdaw stated “It’s not as if we haven’t paid rent in terms of giving pleasure to visitors and providing the only living link to the old days. Nor have we done much damage. It’s not like we’re planning to gouge a ruddy great trench through the World Heritage landscape”.

It seems that we are being characterised by certain pro-short tunnel archaeologists as hysterical amateurs in contrast to them who are authoritative. Who is right? As always, the truth lies in the middle: we’re a bit hysterical because we don’t like our heritage being stolen and some archaeologists think it’s not a problem. To help you decide, here are a few of the things they have said about us and others:

“The public perception is being misappropriated by media manipulated doubts, with a large number of people who mention sacrilege, destruction, devastation, loss, and even the issue with losing a free view of Stonehenge.”

If you ask me directly… do you agree with this particular tunnel. Quick answer….. no. Not really. Do I think the fury that is stoked by Heritage Action and Stonehenge Alliance is protecting heritage per ce (sic). Again… no.

Opponents of the tunnel are “loud voices obsessed with stopping a tunnel regardless of any proper consideration of the current situation and potential outcomes”, the Stonehenge Alliance acts like “the archaeological wing of Donald Trump’s social media campaign” and their leaflet imagery is “worthy of Putin-supporting trolls”

The kind of inaccuracy and false reporting peddled by @HeritageAction helps no-one.”

“Anyone puts up a Heritage Action post, will find that the door will hit arse on the way out.”

Just thought it was worth mentioning!

Stonehenge U.K @ST0NEHENGE·

“Rare alignment of 5 planets peaks Friday as crescent moon joins the parade”

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What’s the point of posting that AFTER they let no one in to witness it?


Free access to Stonehenge is confined to four occasions (two solstices and two equinoxes). This seems to have been the modern reality (including the fact people are cleared out before the actual moment) for so long that no one questions it. But should it be like that?

Who is to say the Ancients weren’t interested in lots more things that happened in the sky than just those? How come English Heritage doesn’t allow free access to view any of those? Many of us might like to taste a possibly more authentic ancient experience (and no, we wouldn’t need floodlights and drugs checks!)

For instance, currently (and best viewed early tomorrow morning, Friday 24th) there’s a very rare alignment of all five visible planets. Who is to say the ancients wouldn’t have been fascinated by that and gathered to view it from the stones? Shouldn’t the modern public be able to do that? Who decides these things?

“Oh well they can still see it from the road” says a notional spokesperson. Not soon they can’t, when the tunnel is built. A five-planet alignment over the stones will never be seen again by the public. Once again, who decides these things?

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