As you say, Mike, the moat could be filled for special events. This is not
beyond reason as the whole site could have been 'decorated' for ceremonial
purpose. It is generally the norm for religious as well as civic sites to
be tarted up for special occasions. The Christmas season, here in the UK,
is nearly upon us and some people will go to extraordinary lengths to
celebrate the festival period.
I could easily envisage the henge monument being decorated with all manner
of contrivances to make it look more festive. A water feature would only
enhance the site.
One thought. Perhaps EH or the CBA could run a competition for their
kiddies clubs where entrants could send in pictures of how they might
envisage the henge to look in a festive decor.
On 3 Nov 2014 10:19, "Michael" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> With Orion's permission I've put his article online, hopefully in a
> slightly easier format to read:
> Although initially very sceptical as it seems very unlikely that there
> would be a suitable source of water, from what I read, he does provide
> sufficient evidence to seriously raise the possibility of a water filled
> ditch. However the big problem is the lack of any suitable permanent water
> I have been scratching my head and checking maps to see whether I could
> conceive of any way to get the water to the site and I can't see anything.
> It seems unlikely that there could be a permanent water supply as the site
> is on an Eastward facing promontory so there is a very limited area to the
> west from which any water would have to come.
> So, all I can suggest, is that perhaps just as the monument seems to be
> aligned to a once a year solar event, perhaps the ditch was filled with a
> once a year "water event" - perhaps it was only intended to fill a few
> times a year in the heaviest rain. Less likely is that there was some kind
> of holding tank - but there's nothing to suggest such a feature which
> according to Orion's diagram and the local terrain would need to be to the
> west and up the hill south of the modern road.