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A personal reflection about what the neolithic site in southern England means to the author He describes its history, explains how it was made and what archaeologists have discovered about it and takes part in a Wiccan ceremony that still take place around it on All Hallows Eve Much theory and poetry in here on time and space that I find impenetrable Attempts to turn Silbury and other sites like it and Stonehenge into commercial ventures are rightfully scorned but his larger anti modernist rant loses me Much praised book is for me enjoyable only in parts. [Download E-pub] ♷ On Silbury Hill ☧ Silbury Hill In Wiltshire Has Inspired And Perplexed People For Generations Artists And Poets Have Fathomed Their Deepest Thoughts Searching For The Hill S Hidden Meanings, Archaeologists Have Tunnelled Through Earth For Fragments That Prove Its Purpose But For All This Human Endeavour, Silbury Hill Remains A Mystery We Do Know It Is The Largest Prehistoric Mound In Europe But Was It Once An Island, Moated By Water Was It A Place Of Worship And Celebration, Perhaps A Vast Measure Of The Passing Seasons Along With Stonehenge And Avebury, Was It Part Of A Healing Landscape Or A Physical Memory Of The Long Ago Dead Silbury Hill Is The Sum Of All That We Project A Blank Screen Where Human Dreams And Nightmares Flicker The Hill Has Been Part Of Adam Thorpe S Own Life Since His Schooldays At Marlborough, Which He Would Often Escape In The Surrounding Downlands He Has Carried Silbury Ever Since, Through His Teenage Years In Cameroon, Into His Adulthood In Southern England And France Its Presence Fused To Each Landscape Which Became His Home On Silbury Hill Is Adam Thorpe S Own Projection Onto Silbury S Grassy Slopes It Is A Chalkland Memoir Told In Fragments And Family Snapshots, Skillfully Built, Layer On Layer, From Britain S Ancient And Modern Past From BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week A marble cake of different soils Memoir, data, theory, streaks of poetry, swirls of fiction Silbury Hill in Wiltshire together with Stonehenge, Avebury and the remains of numerous barrows forms part of a Neolithic landscape about which very little is known or understood.Adam Thorpe s chalkland memoir is told in fragments and snapshots He takes a circular route around the hill, a monument which we can no longer climb, and celebrates the urge to stand and wonder A thoughtful and thought provoking book about the mysterious mound at Silbury Well worth reading if you have any interest in the ancient history of Britain. A remarkable book Historically fascinating, however I wasn t so keen on the autobiographical parts. I couldn t quite connect with this narrative, but not wholly sure why It seemed genuine and well written maybe I just wasn t in the right mood for it. This book is so difficult to absolutely categorise It combines a history book, a memoir and with some natural history, all focusing on the prehistoric monument that is Silbury Hill.This amazing structure is the largest man made mound in Europe measuring 40m high and covering an area of five acres, and is believed to have been constructed around 4750 years ago Even though it has outlived its creators for several millennia, nobody has a single clue as to its purpose That said, there has been plenty of speculation, and when viewed through the lens of the neolithic landscape it may have played some ritual purpose.Thorpe first became aware of the monument when he was a boarder at Marlborough school Of excursions from school he walked and cycled the landscape and even climbed it It played an important part in his formative years as he escaped from the school He makes journeys to Avebury and and other neolithic sites to try and understand the place, but without drawing any firm conclusions.It is a beautifully written book though, as he deftly weaves the narrative between his childhood and recent visits to Silbury, with some of the characters that he meets on his travels, and the overlay of the paganism that you get around these sites As an aside, this is a beautifully made book too The size and weight of the book and paper feel just right, and the font makes for easy reading. 4.5This is a beautiful book to look at it s like a miniature coffee table book, shiny and even a bit glossy, full of drawings and photographs It s part of a small series of monographs by Little Toller, and I am definitely going to seek out the other ones published.I live very close, to a Neolithic Henge I can see the woods surrounding it from my upstairs house windows It has a strange pull, and that s not just me being fanciful Locals are proud and protective about being part of such an ancient landscape At the same time I have lost count of the people who have told me they avoid going into the copse because it has a funny feeling in there You d have to pay me very good money to go there alone at night But what exactly are we feeling Are we picking up how ancient the place is The mystery of how and of course why it was built Is it all in our minds This book described as a chalkland memoir is a meditation on how Silbury Hill has been part of Thorpe s life, right back to when he was a young boarder at Marlborough School close by, a place with its own mysterious mound I loved the mixture of nature writing, archaeology and personal memoir and thought it all worked really well I especially appreciated Thorpe s honesty and lack of irony his adolescent daydreams about being a Neolithic hunter returning home to his woman, or adventures in 18th century London under hypnosis I like his dreaminess and imagination, and how he seems someone living in the wrong time I really hope he does non fiction writing Thorpe can t give us any explanations about Silbury Hill The point is, of course, that it has no point