Last evening, whilst involved in another activity, I watched part of a
repeat of the 'Secrets of Stonehenge' programme on television.
A section of the programme was devoted to the apparent 'periglacial
stripes' within the Avenue.
It was noted, by the narrator, that these features had been identified
by a geologist which made me wonder why they had not consulted a
These features, if they are periglacial stripes, would be more
properly ascertained by a geomorphologist than a geologist.
Indeed I am sure that there are those whose knowledge and experience
overlap the two disciplines, however comparing the two is like asking
a dinosaur specialist to date your medieval pottery. It is like the
muddling palaeontologist with an archaeologist, OK they are both
interested in old things buried undergound but apart from that the
disciplines are quite separate.
I think it is quite puzzling considering the plethora of specialists
in geomporphology that we have in the UK that the right person is
picked for the right job.