It is the visual conventions of this fictional past that most directly influence perception, once people imagine they have seen something – it can be hard to change their mind.
While in this period, Eurasian religion in this was usually focused on a pantheon of 7 main anthropomorphic Gods, worshipped through sacrifice, prayer, song and dance, Britain is Special, so our religious ritual consisted in erecting posts in circles and digging pits. Simple archaeology produced by simple minds.
The Stonehenge effect.
I did not reference Stonehenge in the title because it generates unnecessary traffic who are not interested in the engineering of ancient buildings, but see the past as a repository of their own aspirations - current populated by Celtic eco-warriors vibrating with secret knowledge, in tune with the natural cycles and whatnot. It is one of those special secret portals than allows entry into a state ecstatic ignorance.
[above] Throughout the year sudden surges of traffic represent a reference to TSA elsewhere; a recent article referring to my theory that Stonehenge was roofed with a "dome", generated this little spike of interest. I resigned to the fact that my work is that not easy to understand, and perhaps difficult to illustrate - but a dome?
WTF; will the last British academic who can read, write and do sums please kindly turn off the light and post the key to China.
Interlace theory - Modelling complex structures.
At the start of the year I set out the objective of sorting out a model of an Ei building  - I just can’t tell you how exciting the progress has been – and therein lies the problem – how to communicate complicated ideas in a simplistic subject. Not only is a modelling a new type of old building very time consuming, trying to explain and present modelling concepts is equally problematic. Darwin only had to convince people they were descended from monkeys; I have to convince academics that, contrary to the pictures in their heads, posts were put in the ground to support roofs not as a religious ritual. It is science versus faith in the 21st century, while they can stop me teaching, at least they can't burn me or my relatives these days.[#]
I have written several posts about the issues of reverse engineering complex structures, much of which revolves around finding a suitable starting point in the assembly, a problem slightly simplified at Stonehenge by the survival of parts of a load baring wall and stanchion to their original height.
Hopefully, now I given vent to the frustration dealing with faith based teaching that has dumbed down archaeology, the next post will concentrate on technical issues of these complex roofed structures.
On thing I learnt in 2016 is that there are still people who know what a load bearing wall does, and why roofs have ties, they may not work for Universities, but they still have a legitimate interest in understanding the past in rational terms.