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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Boreades » 12:03 pm

What’s It Like to Travel the Oldest Road in the World? Think Dragon’s Blood and Neolithic Barrows


Says Graham Phillips, the author of this:
http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient- ... il_regular

He then proceeds to write a pigs-ear of an article.
Someone should complain.
Oh, someone has.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Boreades » 2:02 pm

Exploring the prehistoric landscape - Barbury Castle Country Park - Sunday 16th July, 2:00-4:00pm

Hattie & Harpo's chance to setup a popup stall and unload more copies of TME?
Along with Knotting Hull Spring Water for the thirsty walkers.

This free event will include a tour of the spectacular Iron Age hill fort at Barbury and a walk of approximately 2 miles in and around it. The event will be guided by expert archaeologists from the Archaeology Service at Wiltshire Council.

Please make a reservation by emailing: [email protected]

Meeting point is in the visitor car park at Barbury Castle car park, near the toilet block (SN4 OQH)


Or near the Ice Cream Van if that sounds more salubrious than the toilets.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Boreades » 8:30 pm

Wonkey Tonkers

Of all days of the year, the Annual Ridgeway Relay Race this year coincided with the hottest day of the year so far. With predicable consequences for some unfortunates. See especially the bare-headed runner with heat exhaustion face-planting into a muddy bloody mess as he fell and slid head first down the hillside gravel. Not once but twice (according to witnesses). The cosmetic combinations one can achieve, with extreme bare skin gravel rash, and with copious amounts of blood and mud, do have to be seen to be believed.

In this instance, amazingly lucky to have a passing cyclist going the other way
(1) who saw it happen
(2) with a mobile phone
(3) on a part of the Marlborough Downs that does get a mobile signal
(4) able to describe to the ambulance service exactly where he was (not just, err, somewhere on the Ridgeway)
and then
(5) close enough to a road that the ambulance could actually get to
(6) with a following runner able to help him down to
(7) a Ridgeway Relay control point with
(8) a marshall with c.25 litres of water at hand (c'est moi).

The lucky lucky runner is now tucked-up in a bed at Great Western Hospital.

In a truly megalithic context the fool might just have quietly bled to death somewhere beside the trail well away from any villages or towns in the valleys. Because the trail stubbornly sticks to the high ground. As does the Greater Ridgeway.

More research required on how megalithic travellers kept themselves and their livestock going in the height of summer over the high chalk downs with not a drop of water in sight. Or perhaps they didn't? Dew Ponds only qualify if there is evidence they existed and persisted throughout summers. Please apply to the usual suspects for research grants.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Mick Harper » 10:26 pm

Don't forget the Ridgeway wasn't there when the Megalithic drovers were plying their trade.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Boreades » 10:46 pm

Mick Harper wrote: Don't forget the Ridgeway wasn't there when the Megalithic drovers were plying their trade.


Au contraire, the de-facto evidence is the Ridgeway is as wide as it is precisely because of the drovers.

Megalithic drovers were drovers regardless of the age.

It's up to you to produce evidence of the ages. In the absence of which, it's just an opinion. Allegedly.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Mick Harper » 10:50 pm

De facto evidence is good enough for me. Don't you think it suspicious that it's exactly as wide as the drovers needed? How kind of Mother Nature to provide such a thing -- and all that way too! Give the old girl a corn dolly.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Boreades » 10:51 pm

Mick Harper wrote: Don't you think it suspicious that it's exactly as wide as the drovers needed?


No, it's perfect.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby hvered » 6:47 am

More research required on how megalithic travellers kept themselves and their livestock going in the height of summer over the high chalk downs with not a drop of water in sight.

Drovers would have plenty of milk en route. Mongolian horsemen on their long-distance travels famously drank mares' milk.

Not long ago there was a programme on the subject of hydration where people were told to exercise hard and then tests were done with sports drinks, plain water and milk to see which was most hydrating. Milk worked best.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Mick Harper » 6:51 am

But doesn't that mean that, say, sheep would need to drink their own milk? Technically interesting. Some kind of tube possibly.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Boreades » 11:49 am

A Boxing Day Special Delivery from Bonny Scotland

Welcome to the Heritage Paths Project website. Heritage paths are old routes that have been used for a specific purpose, examples include:

Roman roads
Drove roads
Pilgrimage routes
Miners’ paths
Trading paths
Military roads
Turnpike roads
Shieling paths


By inference (I suppose), these would be on the same routes as pre-Roman roads?

See http://www.heritagepaths.co.uk/

Their map : http://www.heritagepaths.co.uk/Scotways_%20map.pdf

For the Sassenachs among us, not familiar with shieling:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shieling
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