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During the Neolithic period at Stonehenge Page 7 of 7.
The Roman legions were paranoid, and would have seen any form of enclosed walkway as a threat to their legions, and thus they would have quickly dismantled them, leaving nothing but the long straight roman roads we see in the UK today.
We can but wonder what the Romans did to our history when they first arrived? If they were anything like Nazi Germany, they probably erased most of it, tampered with the rest, extracted any beneficial pieces and claimed them for their own.
Some might argue quite passionately at this point, the picture I paint of Britain between the construction of Stonehenge and the arrival of the roman legions to be speculative, and I would be the first to agree, it is.
Although no more speculative than their own. But as with any good theory it's based on the surrounding evidence. Evidence we know to be factual; evidence that makes sense. Unlike the Incas who carved the stonework of their pyramids in scenes of human sacrifice, the Britons never did: Why? Some may say because they couldn't. But that's rubbish.
Even Neanderthal cave paintings in Europe date back 50,000 years, and show, in intricate detail how they lived, what they hunted, and from those paintings we can deduce Britons were more than capable of artistic pursuit. During the Neolithic period, I would imagine the ancient Britons used, as previously mentioned, some type of tree bark, or mashed wood pulp as an instrument of communication, and obviously this doesn't withstand the ravages of time. It rots, leaving us with no tangible evidence.
No doubt academics will scoff at the theory. But before they do, they should consider, not just tangible evidence left by the Romans, or previous momentum's from Roman artefacts from the Mediterranean. Instead, they should pay more attention to what makes sense, how early Britons were more than able to sustain a profitable existence, export their excess crops and construct fortified encampments, create a peaceful co-existence with the tribes around them, yet not deface or damage places like Stonehenge.
Perhaps to the early Britons the defacing of places of importance would have been as abhorrent to them, as it is to us today. Think about the logic of it, not just the clues the Romans left for us. Think how 2,000 years before the Romans arrived, these people sculptured the most amazing jewellery and trinkets. These were not a backward people, but the dawn of early civilisation, and their only mistake was not to leave a traceable record of their presence, or join the inhumanity which inflicts mankind and rouse a savage, despotic army. Just perhaps, they were a damned sight more intelligent than most of the warring nations are today.
Even today in Africa they can't manage to feed themselves, in the middle-east they can't live together peacefully, and in Europe and America we drawl at the prospect of a few gold coins, go weak at the knees if anyone mentions the word oil, and salivate at any form riches. At the same time we watch our children shiver on freezing cold nights in piss soaked shop doorways.
We step over our kids in the street, watch others beg for a few measly coins and hurry our footsteps at the indignity around us.
Early Britons might have eked out their existence around a camp fire, drank ale and lived by the rising and falling of the sun, lived day to day on what they could grow, what they could trade.
The irony is, they might have just been a lot more intelligent, compassionate, and happy than we'll ever be. They weren't driven by the desire of the few over the many, but were prepared to share and share alike.
Just maybe it's our own arrogance and self-indulgent nature that clouds our vision of primitive man. Maybe with no more than a wattle and daub hut, a few animals, a field of wheat and a desire to share in the prosperity of the tribe, he stood head and shoulders above us all.
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