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.

Written on February 12th, 2012 , Musings

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    David Roberts commented


    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.

    David Roberts

    May 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

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