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Stonehenge 5,000 Years Older Than Thought
Discovery ^ | 4-19-2013 | Rossella Lorenzi

Posted on 04/20/2013 6:32:59 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot

Excavation near Stonehenge found evidence of a settlement dating back to 7,500 BC, revealing the site was occupied some 5,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Working at Vespasian’s Camp in Amesbury, Wiltshire, less than a mile from the megalithic stones, a team led by archaeologist David Jacques of the Open University unearthed material which contradicted the general belief that no people settled there until as late as 2,500 BC.

Indeed, carbon dating of the material revealed the existence of a semi-permanent settlement which was occupied from 7,500 to 4,700 BC. The dating showed that people were present during every millennium in between.

The team has “found the community who put the first monument up at Stonehenge,” archaeologist Josh Pollard from Southampton University and the Stonehenge Riverside Project, told the BBC.

The researchers believe that the people who settled at Vespasian’s Camp also built the first monument at Stonehenge — large wooden posts erected between the 9th and 7th millennia BC.

The findings, to be broadcast in a documentary on BBC One, shows that Stonehenge wasn’t just abandoned by Mesolithic humans and occupied by Neolithic people thousands of years later. On the contrary, it represents a place where one culture mingled with the other.

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According to Peter Rowley-Conwy, professor of archaeology at Durham University, the finding is significant.

“The site has the potential to become one of the most important Mesolithic sites in northwestern Europe,” Rowley-Conwy said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: amesbury; archaeoastronomy; archaeology; davidjacques; godsgravesglyphs; joelpollard; megaliths; mesolithic; peterrowleyconwy; romanempire; stonehenge; vespasian; wiltshire

1 posted on 04/20/2013 6:32:59 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


2 posted on 04/20/2013 6:36:16 AM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: Sir Napsalot

More Grant Money....


3 posted on 04/20/2013 6:38:26 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sir Napsalot

seems like a pretty bold statement.


4 posted on 04/20/2013 6:40:15 AM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

What’s next, a million years ago, after that a billion, how far can you ride a dead horse.


5 posted on 04/20/2013 6:42:15 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: VaRepublican; Sacajaweau
We shall see.

Let the debates (amongst scientists, archaeologists, and amateur enthusiasts) begin.

6 posted on 04/20/2013 6:42:29 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

It stands to reason that over the millennia the stonehenge area could have human occupation prior to the actual construction of the monument. Not so surprising.


7 posted on 04/20/2013 6:51:47 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: Sir Napsalot

It’s not 5,000 years older than previously though. It just took 5,000 years to construct because of government red tape and union contracts.


8 posted on 04/20/2013 6:54:53 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Stonehenge was ending up as a junior partner in a very large array of really ancient sites in Great Britain. This discovery puts it back into its place with the rest of them.

The local timeline there STARTS a couple of thousand years AFTER the end of the Younger Dryas. That gives Britain a chance to regrow forests, etc.

9 posted on 04/20/2013 6:56:02 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Sir Napsalot

This is a huge deal....It changes the course of history, the people and events. Proves their work is too loose to make it valid...aka....best guess.


10 posted on 04/20/2013 7:03:31 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: zot

stonehedge


11 posted on 04/20/2013 7:07:23 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Sacajaweau

Would you expect all that work to cost nothing? How would you pay for it?


12 posted on 04/20/2013 7:22:39 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Sir Napsalot
Oh crap, that means the warranties' expired.

CC

13 posted on 04/20/2013 7:32:16 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Tease not the dragon, for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Sir Napsalot

As in the words of Senator Toomey, “It is time to move on.”


14 posted on 04/20/2013 7:55:19 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: Sir Napsalot

15 posted on 04/20/2013 8:13:34 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Sir Napsalot
The Timuquan natives lived in the area of my home 300 years ago. A plantation existed here 200 years ago. My home was built in 1950. I moved into my home in 2001.

There is archaeological evidence of all these occurring in the exact same location. Yet, I am certain that the Timuquan had nothing to do with the flowers I put out last week, and that there were no slaves involved.

I guess archaeologists have to do something, but they do themselves no favors by jumping to conclusions on scant evidence.

16 posted on 04/20/2013 8:15:37 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Sacajaweau

More Grant Money....
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Turning over stones as it were. The first job of any researcher is to find another way to get more grant money.


17 posted on 04/20/2013 8:30:56 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: smokingfrog

It wasn’t shovel ready. LOL.


18 posted on 04/20/2013 8:33:08 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Sir Napsalot

People always knew Stonehenge was a sacred site, but like Mecca, they forgot why.


19 posted on 04/20/2013 8:34:45 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

So far as is known there is no accurate carbon dating for goings on at this site

20 posted on 04/20/2013 8:39:59 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: SampleMan
Your point is well taken.

We will see what the archaeologists present their find, before we make judgment one way or another.

21 posted on 04/20/2013 8:41:36 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I’m not surprised it dates closer to the end of the last ice age and wouldn’t be surprised if it is even older.


22 posted on 04/20/2013 8:42:29 AM PDT by Maelstorm (This country wasn't founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a govt check!")
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To: Sir Napsalot

They found what is left of Westeros.


23 posted on 04/20/2013 10:01:01 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (And winter is coming.)
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To: Perdogg; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Perdogg. This isn't surprising at all -- there's settlement remains for a long distance in all directions, and a broad roadway that -- of course -- has been claimed to be for ceremonial purposes, when in reality it was built to accommodate a large population. I'll go out on a limb and predict, once the former nearby riverbed starts to get sifted near and downstream of the whole site, much more will turn up, showing a long period of occupation and waste disposal by a large population.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


24 posted on 04/20/2013 10:17:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks! The more I learn about “old” places and “old” records, the more I am convinced that modern scientists can’t see beyond the end of their collective noses when it comes to habitation in certain areas. Some folks are just SO arrogant! LOL!


25 posted on 04/20/2013 10:43:54 AM PDT by Monkey Face ( The good outnumber the evil ones, and we always will.)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. Not surprising that the site was occupied 5,000 years before the Stonehenge monument was built.


26 posted on 04/20/2013 3:31:25 PM PDT by zot
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To: SunkenCiv

Something attracted people to this site almost 10,000 years ago and they considered an important location for long after.

I wonder what it was that made this place so special.


27 posted on 04/20/2013 4:31:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Food supply, water supply.


28 posted on 04/20/2013 5:16:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Starboard

What fun would science be without a big imagination?


29 posted on 04/20/2013 6:01:40 PM PDT by Jay Redhawk (Zombies are just intelligent, good looking democrats.)
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To: Sacajaweau; muawiyah; SunkenCiv; All

Some are confusing the idea that the site is 5,000 years older than previously thought, and that the henge itstelf is 5,000 years older. Because of additional digging, researchers are discovering traces much older than they previously thought. The age of stonehenge is not older. As they pointed out, previously there are traces of a woodhenge. In the US everyone thought there was nothing older than Clovis. Then they started digging below Clovis level, and guess what, US might have been settled earlier than Clovis. Keep digging guys, and if you want to use some of my tax money for exploratory grants, I prefer that to spending on an unnecessary war in Iraq in 2003. [Before someone gives me heck about that, I currently have a son in Afghanistan.]


30 posted on 04/20/2013 8:30:42 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: BenLurkin

Wild animals


31 posted on 04/21/2013 5:37:47 AM PDT by muawiyah
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