Hiddenscapes

Jonathan Last

Musings on prehistory and landscape

Americans, Bicycles and Clouds: reporting the summer solstice at Stonehenge

The perennial media interest in the summer solstice gathering at Stonehenge led me to wonder how the press reported it in the past; indeed what early newspaper reports might tell us about the origins of the modern event. This is the result, or part of ...

Et in Avebury ego…

"Who put this swastika here?" (Nicolas Poussin - Et in Arcadia ego) _ Like many of us, if reaction on Twitter is anything to go by, I was shocked by the revelations in the Daily Telegraph that neo-Nazi groups were holding rallies and rituals at prehist...

Stonehenge and the Two Cultures

[NB this piece neither endorses nor opposes the road scheme; also it’s entirely my personal opinion and does not represent the views of any organisation… anywhere, ever] _ One of the least edifying aspects of the recent debate about the Stonehenge tunn...

The post-human genome project?

These days prehistorians don’t really like invasions. That was not always the case: the idea that major cultural changes observed in the archaeological record could only be explained by the movement of people held sway for about a century, before being...

Early Man at the movies

_ Aardman’s new animated adventure, ‘Early Man’, is the story of a plucky caveman from a time when woolly mammoths roamed the earth, who unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age for a game of football. It only takes a cursory glance at this synop...

Remembering Martha

Martha is a pet rat; she is two and a half years old and has a mammary tumour which means she will have to be put down soon. Two and a half is a good age for a rat, but of course it will still be very sad for me to lose her after what, for a human, is ...