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Swedish Stonehenge? Ancient stone structure spurs debate
Fox News ^ | April 19, 2012 | Crystal Gammon

Posted on 04/19/2012 1:53:22 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands

Ancient Scandinavians dragged 59 boulders to a seaside cliff near what is now the Swedish fishing village of Kaseberga. They carefully arranged the massive stones — each weighing up to 4,000 pounds (1,800 kilograms) — in the outline of a 220-foot-long (67-meter) ship overlooking the Baltic Sea.

Archaeologists generally agree this megalithic structure, known as Ales Stenar ("Ale's Stones"), was assembled about 1,000 years ago, near the end of the Iron Age, as a burial monument. But a team of researchers now argues it's really 2,500 years old, dating from the Scandinavian Bronze Age, and was built as an astronomical calendar with the same underlying geometry as England's Stonehenge.(Snip)

Other researchers familiar with the site are skeptical. Among other arguments, they cite the results of carbon dating to reject Mörner's interpretation.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: alesstenar; alesstones; archaeoastronomy; archaeology; godsgravesglyphs; kaseberga; megaliths; stonehenge; sweden

1 posted on 04/19/2012 1:53:27 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


2 posted on 04/19/2012 1:56:40 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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3 posted on 04/19/2012 2:14:55 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

maybe it was a mockup to work out different seating arrangements, one for rowing, another for cargo, another
for passengers, etc.


4 posted on 04/19/2012 2:19:27 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Scientists like to fight.


5 posted on 04/19/2012 2:22:01 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Engraved-on-His-hands. Rock Around the Clock ping.

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


6 posted on 04/19/2012 2:25:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands; SunkenCiv

Um...I’m sorry, but what is “amazing” about this?

Are Americans so arrogant that they think no one on Earth existed before the Mayflower?

God is the Designer and Creator of Life On Earth. As a result, I think anything beyond His Word is superficial.


7 posted on 04/19/2012 2:50:04 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Beware of people who don't like cats. -- Irish proverb.)
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To: armymarinemom

lol!!


8 posted on 04/19/2012 3:20:28 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
Seems there's always this attempt to link to Stonehenge as a precusor, but since there is an abundance of evidence for Northerly tracks of Nordic travel one might look to Scotland for other possible pre-cursors or contemporaries of such structures:

Ring of Brodgar

The article mentions carbon dating but they don't say what it was that they chose to carbon date to obtain the dates they report.

Stonehenge has its "Aubrey Holes," which harken back to a time when what stood there was wooden rather than the stone that survives there today.

Were there any similar holes containing vestiges of wooden structures at Ales Stenar? The article simply doesn't say.

FReegards!


9 posted on 04/19/2012 3:49:59 PM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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10 posted on 04/19/2012 3:56:34 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Monkey Face

Why your quotes around amazing? That word isn't found in the online article.
Ale's Stones, a megalithic monument in southern Sweden, resembles a stone ship built of 59 large sandstone boulders, weighing up to 1.8 tons each. [Wikipedia/The Swedish National Heritage Board]

Wikipedia/The Swedish National Heritage Board

11 posted on 04/19/2012 3:59:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: RitchieAprile

Maybe this is just what people were stuck with before the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride came along.


12 posted on 04/19/2012 4:10:08 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: armymarinemom

I’m stealing it!!!!!!
8-)


13 posted on 04/19/2012 4:53:59 PM PDT by and so? (If it angers you, a sarcasm or irony tag after everything I post should be assumed)
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To: SunkenCiv

The eventual archeoastronomical analysis will develop the astronomical alignments showing it is a time piece, a calender


14 posted on 04/19/2012 4:59:38 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Agamemnon
I visited just such a structure in October. It is the Woodhenge at Cahokia, a city of at least 15,000 folks across the river from St Louis. It dates to 1200 AD or so

After the visit and seeing and climbing the very large earth pyramid I used the sun to plot an east west line in my driveway. Knowing that, I laid out a perpendicular and had a perfect north south line. It is easy. Once you have the cardinal points, determining the equinoxes and the solstice becomes easy.

Monks Mound is laid out precisely in alignment with the cardinal points. From the Woodhenge center pole looking east the alignment of the mound south edge is barely to the right of the top edge of the mound. It marks the summer solstice sunrise. It misses the edge by an angle representing the latitude!

Cahokia is readily available........ go! PS: At the time Cahokia was larger than London and most european cities. Greater Cahokia was estimated to be 25,000 people

15 posted on 04/19/2012 5:23:35 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: bert
Cahokia is readily available........ go!

I'd certainly like to do so.

It is believed by many that Nordic expeditionary tribesmen and settlers traveled extensively through North America and left evidence of their arrival as far away as Oklahoma.

It is certainly reasonable to propose that Vikings c. 900 - 1000 AD who made it to what eventually became Minneapolis/St. Paul would have traveled southward to what became St. Louis and left evidence of their presense at a place called Cahokia.

Runes: Alphabet of Mystery

FReegards!


16 posted on 04/20/2012 7:34:59 AM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: Agamemnon; bert
Actually, the Cahokians moved West and updated their monument.


17 posted on 04/20/2012 2:33:16 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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