The issue of ancient human remains in Britain is not clear cut; it is not easy to come down on one side or the other and for those people who have a vested spiritual interest in these lands - and the people and gods who dwell here - it becomes a rather thorny issue.
So what do we do?
Well, we as a society have to decide where we are to go with this issue. It is not for small groups of self proclaimed ‘Druids’ to decide, after all, according to those very same druids the rest of us have an equal claim to the remains and their future.
The questions that have not been answered by CoBDOn’t are:
*Where are the remains to be buried?
*What manner of ritual if any will be carried out, and by whom?
*What is your plan for the future of the remains and the site on which they are buried?
Anyone feeling uneasy about letting CoBDOn’t have these ancestral remains (ancestral t most of us) and doing as they see fit, and that is the point, it is what THEY see fit. Not us, not English Heritage but CoBDOn’t themselves.
So what can we do?
Well, you can email AveRebCons@english-heritage.org.uk, with “Avebury reburial consultation” as the message title.
I urge you to do so, and in doing so mention that:
You are pagan (if you are of course, if not then no need) and that you, as a descendant of those people buried – according to CoBDOn’ts own statement of our common shared relationship to them – DON’T want them reburied by people claiming some spiritual rights.
The more support English heritage can be given on this matter then the stronger their case for denial of reburial to CoBDOn’t.
You might not be happy with the current situation regarding human remains, you might see where CoBDOn’t are coming from, BUT this is something that needs time, consultation and a proper solution. It doesn’t need any old group coming along and effectively reburying remains wherever they see fit in order to create some prehistoric graveyard/theme park where they can strut about.
**P.S you only have till the 31st of january to send comments in to English Heritage as part of the consultation**