Chapter 3 Journal Activity
Myth? Magic? Mumbo Jumbo? Mystery? or Bravery? (3)
If we had all the answers to the reason Stonehenge exists would it still attract so many visitors from all over the world?
Much effort has been made to discover who build Stonehenge and how they built it and at what time and archaeology has given us some very sound answers to these questions.
The "why" question is much more difficult to answer and in any given situation where there is a factual void mythology will endeavour to provide answers.
Geoffrey of Monmouth was, arguably, a very talented story teller, we may never know if he believed in the things he wrote, but clearly he knew how to write a great story and how to make his writings believable.
We have been able to prove that the factual elements of many of his stories were incorrect and by providing supportive evidence we have won that argument. This has been mainly due to modern archaeological findings and by brave people daring to question that which was previously thought to be unchallengeable.
The originator of any myth, no matter how unbelievable, will always hold the upper hand in the land of make believe and the only way to refute these mythologies is to replace them with new more powerful myths or preferably by the use of provable facts.
Modern archaeologists work in a factual environment and should be discerning enough to challenge any preconceptions, the general public however may need a little more support as further evidence is unearthed.