Polychronicon 126: Stonehenge


By Arthur Chapman, published 31st May 2007

Relics Rock: Constructing Stonehenge

Secondary history ought to pay more attention to stones:

1. they are accessible, logistically and educationally, and highly instructive. The Neolithic is everywhere, and generally speaking, free
2. venture outside the classroom, into real space or cyberspace, and you stumble into it eventually.
3. Archaeological interpretation is an accessible way into aspects of the interpretation of the past that pupils find difficult, notably explaining how and why interpretations change. Stones can’t talk: we can use relics to build pupil understanding of how knowledge claims about the past need not depend on ‘reliable’ and ‘unbiased’ witness reports and intended or literal meanings...

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