Friday, 27 July 2007

'Floods threaten ancient and historic sites.'

'Rain was falling remorselessly on Silbury Hill yesterday, pooling on the sodden fields at its foot, and dangerously seeping down into the core of the most enigmatic prehistoric monument in Europe. The entire hill near Avebury in Wiltshire is artificial, built around 4,500 years ago by stupendous human effort with an estimated 35m baskets of chalk. Yesterday, archaeologists and engineers were engaged in urgent discussions on how to save Silbury, after the torrential rain caused further damage to a structure already weakened by earlier floods.'

For more visit http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/heritage/story/0,,2136400,00.html.

This article includes an update on the flood damage to the Rotherwas Ribbon, the Hereford ritual pathway discovered only a few weeks ago (as posted on this site.)

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