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Mick Harper
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In The Megalithic Empire we make occasional reference to salvia (sage in English) without ever discovering what it is -- or was in ye ancient times. This little story from today's medium.com suggests it might have had its uses in mystery religions and such like. Powerful stuff. https://medium.com/s/trips-worth-telling/the-salvia-trip-that-took-me-from-alaska-to-texas-6478bd5c5d57
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To be fair, in TME we mention that sage contains thujone, the compound present in artemisia (wormwood) and associated with mind-altering experiences.

The Medium.com article makes the point that botanists across the ages repeat, plant substances can be medicinal or toxic depending on quantities used.
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Mick Harper
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In a discussion about tourism and Stonehenge ["Why didn't they build a railway station near it?" etc] this interesting snippet appeared

A few years back I noticed a book called The Megalithic Empire in the library. It varies from usefully questioning archaeological orthodoxies to crackpot, incorporating a few basic mistakes of easily verified fact along the way (such as the relationship between the Biblical Anne and Mary), but its basic premise is that Stonehenge and similar stone circles were not "used for ritual purposes" but were trade centres, the focus of long distance trade routes and operating as a sort of market and distribution centre. Something like a market with accompanying bus station. But they never suggested a helicopter pad!

What is most interesting though is an application of the 'Bogus List' test. Every critic of the book complains of 'basic mistakes of easily verified fact' and every critic of the book uses 'the relationship between the Biblical Anne and Mary' as an instance of it. A great comfort.
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Mick Harper
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Megalithic Empire has finally been recognised as the epochal work it is by being cited in a Ph D thesis

Barren (Yeld ): (Traces of Ain)Landscape, Postcolonialism and Identity by Filippa Jane Dobson
https://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/20604/1/Dobson_FJ_Design_PhD_2017.pdf
When Species Meet: Posthumanities Volume 3. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press

Not the book itself maybe but certainly the walk featured on the website

Harper, M.J. & Vered, H.L. 2012.The Megalithic Empire: When you get home. Nathan Carmody. [Online].
[Accessed 6 November 2015]. Available from: http://www.themegalithicempire.com/.


It's Hatty I'm pleased for. I get cited every day of the week (matinées Wednesday & Saturdays) but she has to struggle for recognition. Despite those weird hats.
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