Through the Dark Vale
Interpreting the Stonehenge Palisade through Interdisciplinary Convergence
Keywords:underworld, Stonehenge Palisade, skyscape archaeology, materiality model, landscape archaeology, diacritical dualism
The Stonehenge Palisade was a Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age 2 km linear timber
fence that ran alongside Stonehenge and its final Avenue approach. Within its middle section was
a 300–400 m gap. Four archaeology models of the Palisade, all of which include horizon viewing,
are evaluated and revised against the presently known properties of this structure, and elements
of each retained after critique are integrated into an emergent interdisciplinary model by using
skyscape archaeology. This new model suggests that the Palisades’ design of interrupted obscuration
and the agency of skyscape knowledge in a planar stationary geocentric earth cosmology
together indicate a ritual purpose of the Stonehenge monument complex, which was to simulate
a journey through the underworld.
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