A few days ago, we learned of plans to construct a tunnel to replace the current A303 at Stonehenge; since then, I’ve been left slack-jawed with sheer incredulity at some of the comments relating to this subject that I’ve seen on the internet. The least cretinous of these voiced outrage at the ‘fact’ that heartless engineers were for some reason planning to tunnel directly beneath Stonehenge itself with all manner of dire consequences for the monument, but how anyone with the most fleeting knowledge of the Stonehenge landscape could believe this for one moment is utterly beyond me.
After that, it went downhill rapidly, with assorted New Age Cassandras enigmatically thinking out loud and asking if anyone in authority had considered how ‘the resonance of the stones’ and broad variations on the same would be affected by the construction of a tunnel. As anyone who followed my Eternal Idol site will be aware, I’ve long had a great interest in fairy mounds, ghost paths, genii loci, Atkinson’s “numinous principle” and other such apparently nebulous & Byzantine matters, but when someone voices concern about the resonance of the stones at Stonehenge and how this resonance might be adversely affected by the construction of a tunnel, I have to admit that I don’t have the faintest idea of what they’re on about, nor do I intend to risk my sanity by making any effort to find out.
Occupying the madhouse for those who entertain a diametrically-opposed world view are those for whom the landscape is a dead and lifeless thing, utterly bereft of any intangible properties other than a potential for exploitation for purely practical purposes such as building roads or industrial estates. For such people, “…the Moon is despised as a burned-out satellite of the Earth…”, as Robert Graves observed in The White Goddess, and more than half the population of Iceland are uneducated peasants, so there the matter must rest.
Aside from any other consideration, these exchanges are futile because I truly believe we’re more likely to witness The Second Coming than any tunnel at Stonehenge, and in support of this belief I offer the contents of this BBC link from December 2002. So much for Stonehenge’s present and future; from now on, I’ll dedicate my efforts exclusively to studying its past.