How a place has been thought about and experienced in the past is as important as how it is conceptualised in the present in any exploration of places as meaningful, as past meaning is constitutive of present meaning.

I am pursuing this exploration not simply as an academic exercise, but in an attempt to deepen understanding of the Rollright Stones as a culturally significant place, an understanding which is integral to formulating appropriate conservation strategies (Thackray, 1999: 20). By developing a holistic understanding of how a place is meaningful to people, an understanding which necessarily must examine how ideas of the place have developed through time, a suitable heritage strategy can be developed which takes into account all systems of meaning.

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