Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Silbury Hill time capsule. Inspired by Agostino Ramelli (1531-1600)

1 comment:

Littlestone said...

What could have been English Heritage's cunning (now discredited and abandoned) prototype for a Silbury time capsule was recently discovered in a 16th century Italian manuscript. The illustration depicts the block and tackle that would have lowered the time capsule (a Silbury-shaped bell structure) down the central shaft of the monument before the shaft was finally sealed. The lowering of the capsule is controlled by the figure on the right who may (or may not) have given the person at English Heritage the idea of a time capsule in the first place; rumour has it that said person is now on a taxpayer-funded course to learn what is, and what is not, acceptable to modern conservation and specifically what is, and what is not, acceptable for this unique treasure from Neolithic Britain.

Stop Press: Latest news is that the Silbury Time Capsule Bandit has escaped from the correction course and now has plans to illuminate the S logo on the Atkinson/BBC Door and 1968 concrete lintel with coloured flashing diodes that will be seen from miles away!