Roundhouses; a coping strategy
In the end, roundhouses are just one of those stories we tell ourselves, a myth to ward off the chaos, and tame the complexity that confronts us; it is an article of faith on which we have become dependent, a candle lit against the darkness of the past.
- Water dripping off the roof of a roundhouse – magically dissolving the soil away to form a feature, or
- Builders deliberately digging a trench to fill with water from the roof – an anti-drain.
While, because of the termites, there is no tradition of timber framed building in Africa, they do have round huts and apparently that’s more than enough evidence to assume their buildings were the same as ours.
It is just how it works here, what people do in Africa or New Guinea is not relevant, and remember - it's a long way to come by canoe .
Above/ left: 
- Can you see the pattern?
- Does it look familiar?
- What do you think it is?
- How do you feel about that?
- Are you sure?
- Looking for exclusively for this phenomena
- Imposing this pattern of expectation on the evidence
- Ignoring evidence that does not conform with expectation
- Seeing this pattern in unrelated or inappropriate data
- Inferring their presence from the absence of evidence
Note: If you are effected by any of the issues raised in this post then please feel free to comment.
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Sources and further reading
 D. G. Buckley and J. D. Hedges (1987), The Bronze Age and Saxon settlements at Springfield Lyons, Essex. Essex County Council, Occasional Paper No.5.
 G. A. Carter, 1998: Excavations at the Orsett ‘Cock’ enclosure, Essex, 1976. East Anglian Archaeology Report No 86.
 TWM Archaeology. Unpublished [?] Grey Literature.
 Woodhenge Post Ring F;
Cunnington, M. E. (1929) Woodhenge. Devizes
G. Bersu: 1940: Excavations at Little Woodbury, Wiltshire. Part 1, the settlement revealed by excavation. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 6, 30 -111