Blog of David Petts, Lecturer in Archaeology at Durham University and AHRC/Radio 3 New Generation Thinker
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Apologies for the long delay in updating the blog. The joys of fatherhood (ie sleepless nights, projectile vomiting and constant nappy changing)and the need to complete writing my new book have meant that the blog has slipped down by 'to do' list.
Thanks to Bill Sheppard for passing the following on to me:
NEWS: Green Party in England & Wales
GREENS DEFEND ROTHERWAS RIBBON
A recently discovered 4000 year old monument in rural Herefordshire is at risk of being covered by a new road development. Archaeologists have said the 197ft (60m) long ribbon of stones, found by road builders, could be as important as Stonehenge and is apparently unique in Europe.
It is made up of a series of deliberately fire-cracked stones and appears to have been deliberately sculptured to undulate through the whole of its length that has so far been uncovered.
Hereford Green Party has been leading the campaign to defend the Rotherwas Ribbon, also known as the Dinedor Serpent.
Local Green Cllr Gerald Dawe, said: "What we're going to have is a road which no-one wants, going over a part of our history which has a lot of public support.
Green Party Principal Speaker Dr. Derek Wall said:
"The Rotherwas Ribbon is of great historical importance. It is vital that discoveries like these are protected from more road building.
"English Heritage inspectors have said that the best thing is for the remains to be preserved in-situ. They are currently considering whether the site meets the criteria for 'scheduling' - this status is given to monuments whose preservation is given priority over other land uses. (1)
"Though this wouldn't preclude the relief road being built, it would send a message to Hereford council of the importance of these ancient remains.
"A petition calling for a full public inquiry to decide the future of the Rotherwas Ribbon can be signed on the Downing St website. I urge people who care about out archeological heritage to add their names.(2)
"There are many organisations fighting effective and vital campaigns against road building around the UK - including Road Block and the Group Against Motorway Expansion." (3)
Notes for Editors
(1) More information on the Scheduling of Monuments can be found at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/conWebDoc.2436
(3) More info on Road Block can be found at www.roadblock.org.uk
More info on Group Against Motorway Expansion - http:// nom6e.blogspot.com/
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This is the personal blog of David Petts ( Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Durham University and AHRC/Radio 3 New Generation Thinker). It contains diverse digressions and rambles on English archaeology, landscape and folk traditions with the occasional scenic diversion.