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The spread of Europe’s giant stone monuments may trace back to one region
Science News ^ | 2/11/19 | Bruce Bower

Posted on 02/14/2019 5:59:41 PM PST by LibWhacker

From simple rock arches to Stonehenge, tens of thousands of imposing stone structures dot Europe’s landscapes. The origins of these megaliths have long been controversial. A new study suggests that large rock constructions first appeared in France and spread across Europe in three waves.

The earliest megaliths were built in what’s now northwestern France as early as around 6,800 years ago, says archaeologist Bettina Schulz Paulsson of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Knowledge of these stone constructions then spread by sea to societies along Europe’s Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, she contends in a study posted online the week of February 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“European megaliths were products of mobile, long-distance sea travelers,” Schulz Paulsson says.

Around 35,000 megalithic graves, standing stones, stone circles and stone buildings or temples still exist, many located near coastlines. Radiocarbon dating has suggested that these structures were built between roughly 6,500 and 4,500 years ago.

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TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: ancientnavigation; archaeoastronomy; circumpolar; europes; godsgravesglyphs; maritimearchaic; megaliths; monuments; navigation; redpaintpeople; schulzpaulsson; stone; stonehenge
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1 posted on 02/14/2019 5:59:41 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

The town of Bedrock?


2 posted on 02/14/2019 6:00:30 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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3 posted on 02/14/2019 6:04:18 PM PST by Trump_the_Evil_Left (FReeper formerly known as Enchante (registered Sept. 5, 2001), back from the wild....)
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To: LibWhacker
"Around 35,000 megalithic graves, standing stones, stone circles and stone buildings or temples still exist, many located near coastlines. Radiocarbon dating has suggested that these structures were built between roughly 6,500 and 4,500 years ago."

Finding gainful employment was difficult for prehistoric man, the rock work was likely accomplished by bored individuals.

4 posted on 02/14/2019 6:09:57 PM PST by chief lee runamok (expect nothing)
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To: Trump_the_Evil_Left

OK, that’s an obscure reference.

I seem to remember Getafix had a different name in the American versions, which seems a shame.


5 posted on 02/14/2019 6:34:52 PM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: LibWhacker
I'm surprised this wasn't posted sooner.


6 posted on 02/14/2019 6:39:53 PM PST by DoodleBob (Gravity's waiting period is about 9.8 m/s^2))
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To: LibWhacker

Sun worshippers.


7 posted on 02/14/2019 6:57:17 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: LibWhacker

This article sez, “Radiocarbon dating has suggested that these structures were built between roughly 6,500 and 4,500 years ago.”

I don’t understand. How does radiocarbon dating distinguish between the age of the structures and the age of the rock they’re made from?


8 posted on 02/14/2019 7:06:26 PM PST by Nellie Wilkerson
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I’m no expert on this, but my understanding is that carbon-based dating is not used on rocks. Carbon based dating can only go back 50,000 years and is used on the remains of living organisms. To date rocks, geologists have to use elements with much longer half-lives, such as potassium-40, etc.


9 posted on 02/14/2019 7:41:39 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Nellie Wilkerson

Maybe they found datable stuff on the same level with evidence (tools, stone chips) of megalithic building?


10 posted on 02/14/2019 8:03:29 PM PST by Buttons12
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I don’t think Carbon14 is reliable anywhere near to 50,000 years back.
Besides there is no way to confirm how much Carbon (or Potassium/Argon, or any other element) was present in the past. There are a number of assumptions implicit in these radioactive decay models. But those assumptions are very much un-testable.


11 posted on 02/14/2019 10:17:16 PM PST by Honest Nigerian
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FWIW - I have brothers who are geologists. Isn’t that weird? There are people that date rocks. (I guess that one of the next sexual perversions we hear about will be people who want to marry rocks, and ..........


12 posted on 02/14/2019 10:19:32 PM PST by Honest Nigerian
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To: BenLurkin

Some of the Stonehenge type formations in Great Britain have been proven fake. Still love the real ones tho!


13 posted on 02/14/2019 10:49:34 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I Love Bull Markets!)
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To: Honest Nigerian
As long as there aren't people who identify as rocks!
14 posted on 02/14/2019 11:59:12 PM PST by LibWhacker
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They likely first appeared in North Africa then spread north. The only reason this is not more widely known is because most of North Africa is a lawless muslim hellhole.

The easiest example although not as old perhaps (but has never been studied) I could find the morning:

Libyan stone remains of unknown date, though undoubtedly pre-Roman, known as Senam Bu-Samida in Ghirrah. Figure 31 on page 138 from H. S. Cowper, The Hill of Graces: A Record of Investigation among the Trilithons and Megalithic Sites of Tripoli, London, 1897.

15 posted on 02/15/2019 2:05:49 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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If these rocks were quarried locally , I think it’s geologically within the grasp of scientist to determine where they came from based on the geologic composition of the matetials composition that is being investigated. Rocks which were moved from one geologic area to another are often referred to as erratics because they do not match The rocks of the surrounding area. But an erratic is only called so when the rock is moved by glacial action and not transported by humans.


16 posted on 02/15/2019 2:37:36 AM PST by Clutch Martin (TheSant trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.)
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To: chief lee runamok

“Finding gainful employment was difficult for prehistoric man, the rock work was likely accomplished by bored individuals.”

It is said that the great cathedrals of the Middle Ages were constructed, or were able to be instructed because men weren’t dividing their time between earning income to pay taxes. Being free from a tax burden men able to apply their labors to these altruistic constructions without the constraint of a tax burden hanging over their head.

Were they paid? Of course they were, but it was probably more of a per diem type of arrangement and the labor for the cathedrals was essentially a labor of love and a labor for God.


17 posted on 02/15/2019 2:42:10 AM PST by Clutch Martin (TheSant trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.)
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To: LibWhacker

They were childlike and huge stones were exciting to see and exhilarating to manipulate...goes with Caber tossing and other strong man exhibitions...


18 posted on 02/15/2019 3:44:31 AM PST by trebb (Don't howl about illegal leeches while not donating to FR - it's hypocritical.)
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To: LibWhacker

They can’t carbon date the rocks, but they can date the soil “strata layers” the rocks are in and then date any carbon remains in those corresponding strata layers. But they can’t do this until organic carbon remains are found, many are still a mystery because the digs lack organic material to date.


19 posted on 02/15/2019 6:03:47 AM PST by Openurmind
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This is exactly how they do it. Especially organic carbon materials. Wood, Bone, Charcoal. :)


20 posted on 02/15/2019 6:07:46 AM PST by Openurmind
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