Skip to comments.Stonehenge 'complete circle' evidence found
Posted on 09/06/2014 5:54:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeologists say the discovery adds weight to the theory that Stonehenge was once a complete circle.
Evidence that the outer stone circle at Stonehenge was once complete has been found, because a hosepipe used to water the site was not long enough.
Parch marks in the grass, in an area that had not been watered, have revealed places where two "missing" huge sarsen stones may once have stood.
The marks were spotted by an English Heritage steward who alerted archaeologists to their existence.
Previous scientific techniques such as geophysics failed to find any evidence.
Historians have long debated whether Stonehenge was a full or incomplete circle, with some arguing a lack of stones in the south-west quadrant is proof it was never complete.
A scientific paper which adds weight to the "complete" theory has been published in the latest issue of the journal Antiquity.
The parch marks - areas where the grass does not grow as strongly as in other areas during hot, dry weather - were first noticed in July last year.
Susan Greaney, from English Heritage, said the discovery seemed to indicate the positions of missing stones...
Ms Greaney said a high resolution geophysical survey conducted a few years ago had failed to pick up evidence of the holes.
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The idea will be attacked of course, just as the idea that Michelangelo used bright colors on the Sistine ceiling was attacked during the historic conservation work 30 years ago.
Wait, what? Is that you, and your normal looking family?
If so, I’m sorry you had to stand next to the weirdo. The things going through your head must have been epic.
I see the media in the background.
good catch on the media.
LOL! Good post.
Just like the idea that the Earth wasn’t the center of the universe, and the Sun didn’t revolve around it.
He will claim he noticed the bumps and notified the archeologists.
Your family showed remarkable restraint.
A sudden lightbulb moment in my head, and I remembered that we could buy another section of hosepipe at the DIY shop and we could actually reach the otherside.
Your family was photobombed by the Chief Jerk from the Complete Circle himself.
SC, Do you know anything about the Stonehenge around Lybia - it is supposed to be older and much larger.
I have been to Stonehenge many times and am a member of English Heritage as is this care taker.
While the circle may have continued around the full 360 degrees to some extent, I doubt that it was at all one level.
This is a picture from one such visit that I took standing roughly adjacent to the "heel stone." Notice the height of the stone just to the left of the picture center (ignore the stone in the "dead center" because that one is in the distance and actually at the far end of the circle from where this picture is taken.)
Notice the "tall" stone has a receiving stabilizing "key" in which a stone would likely have been intended to fit, but this stone stands ~ 3 - 4 feet higher than the stones on either side of it. Look in particular at the "short" stone to the left of the "tall" stone (not the one with the stone atop it pointing away -- that is within the center of the ring), and notice the distinct difference in height.
Griswolds at Stonehenge:
This was photo-shopped. Right?
How come he’s not waving with his hand over your face?
LOL, very perceptive of you!
These stones were buried such that their features were not weathered off --
STONEHENGE IN AFRICA.
(numerous illustrations, various sites.)
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