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- Aug 3, 2003
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I fear that particular splendour filled vessel may have parted ways with the board.Foreign sailors.
Who would have been familiar with sharks and their teeth.
Did we end up merging the Stonehenge Dentistry thread into this one? I can't find it now.
FULL STORY: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151207-stonehenge-bluestone-discovery-archaeology/Specific Stonehenge quarries identified by new research
... Archaeologists have uncovered stone tools, dirt ramps and platforms, burnt charcoal and chestnuts, and an ancient sunken road that was likely the exit route from the quarry.
“While we knew the locations where the rocks originated, the really exciting thing was to find actual quarries,” says Michael Parker Pearson, director of the project and a professor at University College London. “They built extensive facilities here: platforms, ramps, a loading bay. You can see chisel marks where they drove in wooden wedges at the recesses on the outcrop.”
Radiocarbon dates from charcoal and burned hazelnuts at prehistoric campfires show Neolithic activity at the quarries between 5,400 and 5,200 years ago. Researchers believe that Stonehenge was not built before 5000 BC. This raises a puzzling question: where were the stones during those 400 years?
“It’s intriguing,” Parker Pearson says, “and while it could’ve taken those Neolithic stone-draggers nearly 500 years to get them to Stonehenge, that’s pretty improbable. It’s more likely that the stones were first used in a local monument somewhere near the quarries that was then dismantled and dragged off to Wiltshire.” ...
Pedantry alert. Stonehenge is not a henge. The word henge is a back formation from the name Stonehenge, but is the correct term for a different type of monument: a circular earthwork with a ditch on the inside of the bank. Stonehenge has a ditch running around the outside of the bank.Stonehenge is the most famous, but many other so-called “henges” were also built between 2800 and 2400 B.C.E.
Part of the answer is simply your/our perception that there are so many. Stonehenge and Avebury are massive and impressive. Over the last few decades, expressions such as "ritual landscape" have come into use. Prehistorians and the public link together many unrelated structures from a period of hundreds of years and think in terms of the whole area having been special to "the people" of the time. We can easily make the flawed assumptions that the area is "one thing" and the people of were a singe homogenous culture.Why does Wiltshire host so many sacred objects in the spaces there?
Just woke up and listened to an interview with him on BBC radio 5.King Arthur's standing for election.
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I lived in Farnborough/Aldershot/Fleet/Ash between 1996 and 2001 - I remember him bowling about!Just woke up and listened to an interview with him on BBC radio 5.
He was slightly out of breath, as he was walking to Stonehenge along with other neo-Druids, to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Arthur used to live near me in the Farnborough/Aldershot area and was a common sight in his robes (but wasn't allowed to take Excalibur with him).
One of England's great eccentrics.
We may well have bumped into one another in a Farnborough pub. Did you ever frequent The Thatch Cottage, Prince of Wales or Tumbledown (now, sadly, transformed into a Macdonalds)?I lived in Farnborough/Aldershot/Fleet/Ash between 1996 and 2001 - I remember him bowling about!
(C) The Guardian '20A construction technique that links Stonehenge with one of the modern world’s most beloved children’s toys has been displayed in an image of the ancient temple taken from an unusual angle.
The rare photograph, which is believed to have been snapped from a hot air balloon, shows the prehistoric builders of Stonehenge used a method of locking together the giant stones familiar to every fan of Lego.
On the top of the towering upright stones, Stonehenge’s clever and determined craftspeople fashioned smooth knobs that fitted snugly into corresponding holes carved into the weighty lintels that were placed on top of them: just like huge pieces of Lego.