> Taff Simon wrote: "as a scientist my mind is screaming "Bloody
madness". I cannot believe this is even up for debate."
> Andrew Smith Wrote: "My sentiments exactly."
I would characterise the role of an archaeologist to serve the wider community in providing information about the past. As such I would argue that in a multi-cultural society we have a duty to address or at the very least discuss the earnestly held concerns of all.
> Caroline Tully wrote:
"Is there any proof that Druids have any connection to Avebury, or the human
remains or grave goods from Avebury, apart from Revival Druids? And if they
do not have an ancient cultural connection, if their connection is more
modern, does that matter?"
Caesar wrote (I apologise for not being able to cite the source, anyone who doubts this, please email me and I'll find it) that the druids originated in Britain and that young gauls who wished to learn fully their beliefs, philosophies and practices travelled to Britain to learn. If this was the case then it is surely possible that these late Iron Age traditions may have evolved from earlier cultures such as those who erected the stones at Avebury. The druids of 2000 years ago have to some extent at least inspired the modern druids and therefore prehistoric Britons have come to be seen by them as cultural ancestors whose legacy they are protectors of.
I don't propose to try and examine the inherant problems in this. I have only just begun my research into relations between the pagan community and the archaeological community but I'm interested to hear a great deal more about this topic and indeed other topics or contestationa nd co-operation between these two communities.
One final point is that the contemporary pagan community is terrifically diverse and for every pagan demanding reburial there are probably a few with very mixed feelings on the subject and maybe another adamantly opposed to it. The noisiest people are not always in the majority.