Frustrated with my attempt at an essay on the subject, I threatened to just write a series of haikus instead. Here they are:

 

Farming folk raising

trapezoidal mounds jointly;

family sleeps anon

 

Axes dropt loosely

Offered to the earth’s keeping;

Exchanges complete

 

Circles etched sorrowf’ly

Mound raised above patiently;

Bronze users lie still

 

Landscape shaped squarely

Fields tamed from the wild with banks

Sheep flock gratefully

 

Lines scored crookedly

Hills circled tentatively;

drawing home within

 

Clever metal used

Increasing intensity

Family within clan

 

Road scored straightly through

Where paths wandered wild before

Mines to empty now

 

Hillside homes abandoned

Valley life beckons for all

Sheep roam the hills

 

Deer claim the woodlands

Protected and tended legally

Forest law is laid

 

Rights maintained strictly

Manor law overrules forest

Wood for the poor man

 

Forest disbanded

Woodland reclaimed but worked

Trees now have masters

 

For what it’s worth, the essay is available here.

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Written on February 12th, 2012 , Musings

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    David Roberts commented

    Hi

    I was interested to read your haikus on Groveley Woods. I’m an archaeology PhD student working on the area and would like to hear more about any research you’re doing in the region. If you wanted to drop me an email that’d be great.

    Thanks
    David Roberts

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    May 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

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