Now, applying this process to the Aubrey Hole shadoof idea...
At 11:17 AM 12/28/2014 +0000, you wrote:
>John, rather than take the facts and try to imagine possible
>explanations, a far better approach is to create a gedanken experiment.
>In this, you recreate the environment and society that is likely to have
>existed and you work out from ethnographic studies what is likely to be
>the range of typical behaviours. And then you work out the least
>resource intensive ways that such a society would naturally do something.
>So, e.g. if you feel that the society needs some kind of defensive
>structure, you then ask the question: "what structures, tools,
>techniques would they have which they would naturally adapt for this
>purpose and which is the least resource intensive way to create this
>defensive structure". If your proposed "solution" isn't a natural way
>that such a society would tend to do something then it is unlikely that
>this is a "solution".
>And, if that society has cattle, and there are wolves, then we know that
>such societies regularly uses fences, earthworks, thorns thickets. So,
>it is very likely that a defensive structure for humans would be based
>on that used for livestock.
>So, the needs -> structure.
>The wrong way to approach this is to look at a stone, imagine how it
>might be used, and then assert the stones were erected for your imagined
>ends ignoring all the much simpler ways of achieving the same ends.
>In other words to imagine the structure -> needs
>On 28/12/2014 08:44, John Wood wrote:
>> Jan, it is this revolutionary thinking that helps to advance archaeological
>> thought, something rhat is very much missing in other circles.
>> On 26 Dec 2014 16:25, "Jan Vandenheede" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> That dolmens were built before the stone circles and maybe also most stone
>>> alignments may have to do with building most needed things first.
>>> The people who constructed these things thought maybe that it was very
>>> important to be able to spend the night in safety, also from lightning and
>>> intentionally caused fire. Once these buildings were there, they could be
>>> used and complemented with further defensive constructions such as stone
>>> The main Carnac stone alignments make me think somehow of the Great Wall
>>> of China but in a much earlier period with much less advanced technology
>>> and of course on a smaller scale.
>>> Best regards,
>>> Jan Vandenheede
>>> P.S. I read somewhere that even the Romans camped near or in the Carnac
>>> stone alignments. If that is true, they must have found the place apt for
>>> that. They were rather experienced in military affairs ....