I would argue cattle, sheep and goats are only marginally trainable. Rustling is popular and for a reason--cattle aren't too bright.
On Sunday, December 28, 2014 3:35 PM, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Cattle rustling was popular during all past periods. If you could train
your cattle to hide when rustlers were abroad that would reduce your
susceptibility to such a crime. Seems quite a logical thing to do if your
livelihood depended on it. As any decent copper would tell you, "They can't
steal what they can't see!"
On 28 Dec 2014 23:06, "Mark Hall" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> But doesn't this make a presumption that the livestock has the
> intelligence to hide behind said standing stone, and that there is a threat
> to it???
> Out here in the Wild West, my experience leads a serious questioning of
> this highly speculative idea...
> Best, MEH
> On Sunday, December 28, 2014 12:59 PM, John Wood <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> It is good to see that there are still those who are willing to
> challenge long held theories and beliefs. Archaeology isn't completely
> dead yet!
> On 12/28/14, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Thanks Jan.
> > I have to say the idea of the rocks being used as protection for cows
> > and oxen is truly inspirational. This is just the sort of thing that
> > should spur serious discussion towards alternative, if not more
> > realistic interpretations of prehistoric monuments with NW Europe.
> > On 12/26/14, Jan Vandenheede <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >> I have not much time right now, but here is an older idea of mine: The
> >> paired stones of the Kenneth Avenue can have been intended to function
> >> times of war or conflict to protect a human person and an animal. The
> >> larger (almost lozenge shaped) stones could indeed protect a cow, an ox,
> >> ...
> >> (and of course also a smaller animal).
> >> Best regards,
> >> Jan Vandenheede