Eric H Cline’s very interesting book Three Stones Make A Wall gets its title from an axiom that is taught to archaeologists:
One stone is a stone.
Two stones is a feature.
Three stones is a wall.
Four stones is a building.
Five stones is a palace.
(Six stones is a palace built by aliens.)
Meaning, everything that’s been long buried can all just look like rubble, and the size of the pile of rubble you uncover can hint at just what it used to be.
The final line is added in as a joke, because people are always saying that aliens must have built the Pyramids, Stonehenge, etc, as there is absolutely no way in the world humans could make something so large, apparently.
As promised, here are more photos of stones and features from quaint Kangaroo Island.
There is a beach at Stokes Bay which you have basically have to go caving with your life to find (exaggeration).
When you emerge from out the other side there’s a secluded beach that was hidden behind a huge (natural) wall this whole time. That’s where I took a photo of the diagonal rocks.
If you walk around the town of Penneshaw you’ll see a good number of very cleverly made sculptures shaped from iron, by a guy named Phil Baines, who’s been doing this for longer than I’ve been alive.
There’s a whole little trail in this town dedicated to displaying sculptures made by artists.
On this trail you will find a bridge which was built over a small ravine, to replace another built by a hobbyist almost a century ago.
Around 1920 LE Clarke built a recreational bridge that spanned this ravine… from iron cables, packing case wood and local eucalyptus timber.
I was thinking that it’s interesting that these days it would seem that people can’t go around building random structures easily in case one breaks while someone is climbing it and it makes you liable and opens you up for for lawsuit.
Thanks for reading about KI! I’ve come back to work feeling slightly better about facing the grind again.
Semester 1 of the Graduate Cert in Archaeology starts in mid February.