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 By John Cowie


Fascinating new theory that Silbury Hill was built around a six inch diameter ‘totem pole’ or oak tree - presumably with the branches lopped off? 

Is the perpendicular cavity discovered by Edward Drax more likely to have been part of the structure of a Roman or Anglo Saxon fort built at the summit of Silbury Hill as suggested by English Heritage? Or the more practical possibility that the construction was built as a military watchtower during their occupation of England?  Could the six inch diameter pole be a legacy from this wooded structure? A stake pointed at one end and around six inches in diameter and around six feet long could have been hammered into the hill using the huge sarsen stones which can still be found on the hill but now in fragments? Another stake of similar length and diameter but without the point would then be placed on top of the initial stake and hammered down forcing the first stake further into the hill. This process repeated a few times and in at least four separate locations would provide a substantial foundation for a number of stilts raising the look-out platform to the requisite height above the summit of the hill?


Incidentally, in a recent lecture held at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes on Saturday the 23rd January 2010 titled Silbury Hill: the Archaeology of a Monumental Mound by Jim Leary, the English Heritage archaeologist responsible for the survey on Silbury Hill in 2007/8 - there was no mention of a totem pole or oak tree found at the centre of the hill. There was also no mention of a separate excavation that found “fragments of oak within the cavity leading historians to believe that the mound was built around the pole dating from around 2,400 BC”.   So, when did this separate excavation occur and where did this date come from? I doubt we have the technology today to accurately date pieces of wood to 2400BC?  


Where precisely at the summit of Silbury Hill was the perpendicular cavity found? Was it off-centre?  Could other similar cavities exist at the summit to support the ‘watchtower’ theory? 

Drax’s intriguing letters written in 1776 certainly provides a very important input to the debate on Silbury Hill and hopefully will prompt further serious investigation!
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