The research that I did for my PhD and now as an Honorary Research Associate at La Trobe University, Melbourne, has taken over my life. The book of that research is to be published by Cambridge University Press next year. It's all about the way non-literate cultures memorise huge amounts of rational knowledge and why this explains the purpose of monuments such as Stonehenge, the great houses of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico and the mound site of Poverty Point in Louisiana. I have just been awarded an Arts Victoria grant to write about my research for the general reader. That will include more sites such as Avebury in England, the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney, Newgrange in Ireland, the incredible stone rows of Carnac, Easter Island, the Nasca lines in Peru and a lot more. But even more, the memory methods used by traditional cultures are so effective, I can't believe we are not teaching them.
All sound a bit far fetched? The please come and read more on my website and blog.
I am still blogging about spiders occasionally on my author blog www.lynnekelly.com.au
And blogging about my research at memoryspaces.com.au
So I now have far less time for my spiders than I would like. But I still adore them and watch them all I can.