Archaeology Outside in
Given the implications of my work, it is perhaps appropriate that this blow to the credibility of the current vision of these monuments should come from outside.
As a professional archaeologist, it is my job to explain what I find, not mystify it, especially to those stakeholders who pay for excavations. Unfortunately platitudes about ritual won’t cover a lack of genuine understanding forever.
The more I find out about prehistoric building, and the more significant my discoveries, the further it takes me from the rest of archaeology. For several years, I have known how certain important structures were roofed. Not having colleagues with whom to discuss these far-reaching ideas, or even ready access to the academic data, is not an easy position to find oneself in.
Perhaps one the greatest impacts of Roman technology, was the revelation that if a thatched roof was placed across the posts around which people traditionally gathered, you could meet, greet, and eat with people without worrying about the weather. This opened up a whole new world of indoor social activities, and the sort of society we know today began to take shape.