I had some thoughts about Stonehenge and Durrington.
Initially, I had the thought that in the 12th and 13th centuries, Stonehenge was a place most people ignored, a forbidden place believed to be inhabited by evil spirits that we were greatly afraid of. I saw it in a brief flicker of memory of the place overgrown by ivy and small trees, and shrouded in mist late in the day. It was both beautiful and eerie, a bit like a painting by Caspar David Friedrich.
My research found no proof of this, but I did discover that the connection to Arthurian legend came somewhat later thanks to Geoffrey of Monmouth, and that prior to the 14th century no one had even thought to draw Stonehenge let alone talk about it. I also know that “Stonehenge” comes from the old Saxon “Stanhangen” meaning “stone gallows,” which may be a clue to how people really felt about the place.
Also, I saw a reproduction of the “woodhenge” at Durrington and my immediate thought was “They forgot the carvings and colors!” It looks profoundly wrong to me without the logs carved with faces painted with mineral pigments. Of course, any evidence of this would be lost forever, but my instinct tells me that these poles were not unlike the Totem Poles of the Pacific Northwest.
Interestingly, a documentary I watched mentioned signs of a settlement and a large feast at the Durrington site, and evidence of exposure burials. I began to realize that the culture on the Salisbury Plain all those thousands of years ago may have been very similar to that of the Pacific Northwest up until the 19th century. I came away with a strong intuition that the feast at Durrington was not unlike the Potlatch of the Chinook people, and the site itself was much like the ritual spaces of the Tlingit. A gift-giving economy was at the heart of a semi-organized communal life where the people herded semi-wild hogs and gathered wild grains. The climate was similar to the Pacific Northwest and the abundant resources and sparse population made life relatively easy.
I don’t know if or how I could ever test these ideas. I don’t think my intuitions on the Neolithic culture of Wiltshire are from a past life though the thing about Stonehenge being a place we avoided and tried not to think about certainly might be from William’s life.