a very good question! But you are looking too far back (anyway my perception
is that it was only a few of the rich that had the time and the money). But
let's be realistic, the world economy and energy consumption has doubled
since the 1960s. So, even if energy supply and the economy halved, we should
still expect the same amount of free-income for visitors as was available
around the 1960s. There were visitors in the 1960s, but it is still a large
reduction and if this happened many visitor attractions on the verge of
viability will close.
Another point which is relevant to archaeology is public perception.
At the moment there is huge opposition to wind energy. Unfortunately, we
need vastly more windmills (perhaps 1 every square mile). So, what this
tells me is that the public attitude to landscape amenity will significantly
change in the next decade due to increasing energy prices until it will
accept the vast number of windmills.
My guess is that the preservation of Stone henge is in a similar "pigeon
hole" in the public's priority list as landscape amenity. Therefore, it
seems likely that funding for archaeology will follow landscape amenity to a
lower priority than it is at present.
On, the other hand, perhaps there will be a lot more jobs checking for
archaeology at wind sites, and in a period of recession people might spend
more on good history programmes to get away from their immediate problems.
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of White, Bill
> Sent: 13 July 2006 11:08
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> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Heritage & carbon emissions
> >Under my projections, we will see increasing oil and gas prices,
> a series of
> >economic crisis and perhaps a substantial reduction in leisure activities
> >such as visiting remote historical monuments.
> How did people manage to visit these monuments before the
> invention of steam
> power and the internal combustion engine? Was Stonehenge, say,
> built solely
> for local people who would arrive on foot?
> Bill W
> Bill White
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