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5,000-Year-Old Axe Head Found On Stonehenge World Heritage Site
24 Hour Museum ^ | 9-19-2003 | David Prudames

Posted on 09/21/2003 3:03:25 PM PDT by blam

5000-YEAR-OLD AXE HEAD FOUND ON STONEHENGE WORLD HERITAGE SITE

By David Prudames 19/09/2003

Photo: field walkers from Wessex Archaeology covered a 90-hectare area in three weeks in search of ancient artefacts. Photo: Elaine Wakefield. © Wessex Archaeology.

Archaeologists have discovered a 5000-year-old polished stone axe head during an investigation of an area that forms part of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.

Dating back to the Neolithic Age - 3000 to 2500 BC - the axe head was found, along with a leaf-shaped arrowhead, during a three-week field walk of farmland by Wessex Archaeology.

Covering a 90-hectare area, the farmland is situated within a kilometre of both the Stonehenge monument and the stone circle at Avebury.

Tony Trueman of Wessex Archaeology told the 24 Hour Museum the exercise was part of a project to improve the conservation of the area by turning ploughed land into grassland pasture.

"The general point is not to plough up land so close to such important remains, because it damages them," said Tony.

Photo: the Stonehenge World Heritage Site has an unusually high concentration of prehistoric remains. © English Heritage.

Explaining that the conversion to pasture gave archaeologists the chance to look for artefacts turned up by the plough, Tony added that there was only a short window of opportunity.

"After a while the grass gets too high to see anything, so we have to catch the moment before it gets too long."

With its unusual concentration of prehistoric remains, the landscape around Stonehenge is continuously yielding fascinating artefacts.

Although the axe head has not been used, tools of its type would normally have had a wooden haft and would have been put to work cutting down trees.

Photo: tools similar to the axe head would have been put to work chopping down trees to clear land for pasture. Photo: Elaine Wakefield. © Wessex Archaeology.

"The axe head is a very interesting find," explained Andy Crockett, Wessex Archaeology Project Manager, "because it relates to a period in our past when farmers first started to chop down trees to start growing crops and keeping livestock."

Nowadays, farmers are provided with a special grant by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to change the use of land in archaeologically rich areas.

The scheme is also intended to improve the ecology of the area by providing extended chalk grass habitats for birds, insects and wild flowers.

"These projects are a major step towards the long-term conservation of the Stonehenge landscape," added Isabelle Bedu, Stonehenge World Heritage Site Co-ordinator.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 5000; archaeology; axe; found; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; head; history; stonehenge

1 posted on 09/21/2003 3:03:26 PM PDT by blam
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To: farmfriend
ping.
2 posted on 09/21/2003 3:03:55 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Human sacrificing rock worshipers
"World" Heritage Site?
Yep basically this is "the world"......
Lord Jesus Come Back Soon...
3 posted on 09/21/2003 3:08:01 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: blam
STONEHENGE WORLD HERITAGE SITE??!!

I guess that now belongs to the U.N.??
4 posted on 09/21/2003 3:15:42 PM PDT by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: joesnuffy
"Lord Jesus Come Back Soon..."

Or better yet, take some of your nuttier followers to You now.
5 posted on 09/21/2003 3:34:54 PM PDT by John Beresford Tipton
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To: steplock
"I guess that now belongs to the U.N.??" Yup, that's what it means. Very unfortunate this. Skellig Michael which is an absolutely incredible island (well more like a giant rock...Irish monks lived there from something like the 4th or 5th century until the 10th or 11th century) off the west coast of Ireland is now a World Heritage Site also as are places in the United States.
6 posted on 09/21/2003 3:42:14 PM PDT by vikingcelt
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To: steplock
There are apparently numerous such designated sites in the US. Who knew?!

http://www.nps.gov/cave/whsites.htm
7 posted on 09/21/2003 3:58:03 PM PDT by BeerSwillr
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To: joesnuffy
Joe, I'm not trying to run you down, but truely, you didn't think before you wrote.

This was 2,500 years before Christ was born. The site is significant for the history that it holds. The site may or may not have religous significance, but it does have historical significance. Simply by defination, Christianity didn't exist back then.

I know you were only trying to put your religon into the thread, but it was thinly veiled.
8 posted on 09/21/2003 4:08:08 PM PDT by Lokibob
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To: Lokibob
With people like that around I am truely suprised stonehenge made it through the medieval era and didn't suffer the same fate as those statues destroyed by the taliban.
9 posted on 09/21/2003 4:23:30 PM PDT by rmmcdaniell
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To: BeerSwillr

These National Treasures no longer belong to the American Citizens

I understand Carter & Clinton giving away our country - but Reagan??!!  Why?!?!

World Heritage Sites
1978 Mesa Verde National Park  (CARTER)
1978 Yellowstone National Park  (CARTER)
1979 Everglades National Park  (CARTER)
1979 Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve  (CARTER)
1979 Grand Canyon National Park  (CARTER)
1979 Independence Hall National Historical Park  (CARTER)
1981 Olympic National Park  (CARTER)
1979 Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve  (CARTER)
1980 Redwood National Park  (CARTER)
1981 Mammoth Cave National Park  (CARTER)

1983 Great Smoky Mountains National Park (REAGAN)
1983 San Juan National Historical Site (REAGAN)
1984 Statue of Liberty National Monument (REAGAN)
1984 Yosemite National Park (REAGAN)
1987 Chaco Culture National Historical Park (REAGAN)
1987 Hawaii Volcanos National Park (REAGAN)

1995 Carlsbad Caverns National Park (CLINTON)
1995 Waterton Glacier International Peace Park (CLINTON)


10 posted on 09/21/2003 4:25:08 PM PDT by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: vikingcelt; steplock
"I guess that now belongs to the U.N.??" Yup, that's what it means.

Well, no, actually it doesn't...I'm puzzled by this. Recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site doesn't in any way change the ownership of the site or the land.

11 posted on 09/22/2003 6:20:30 AM PDT by Winniesboy
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To: steplock
Stonehenge is under the authority of the National Trust which is a private charity in England.
12 posted on 09/22/2003 6:35:28 AM PDT by Varda
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To: Winniesboy
World Heritage Site means that the site will follow U.N. regulations. So who owns something? The one that controls it! no?

13 posted on 09/22/2003 9:28:05 AM PDT by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: Lokibob
"This was 2,500 years before Christ was born. The site is significant for the history that it holds. The site may or may not have religous significance, but it does have historical significance. Simply by defination, Christianity didn't exist back then."

Well said.
14 posted on 09/22/2003 9:32:32 AM PDT by FeliciaCat
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To: steplock
So who owns something? The one that controls it! no?

Well, yes, of course. But how can you possibly imply that UNESCO 'controls' a World Heritage Site?

I have rather more than an academic interest in this, since I have the good fortune to live quite close to Stonehenge and even closer to a newly-designated World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast of East Devon and Dorset. I've followed closely the determined campaign by the local authorities and other interests over several years to secure this recognition, which is seen by everyone in the area as a great honour. UNESCO has absolutely no 'control' over the Jurassic Coast, which remains entirely in the control of the existing private landowners, local authorities and, in the case of some stretches, the National Trust. The only obligation to UNESCO is to permit monitoring of the Site's conservation and preservation, which can scarcely be described as 'control', since there is absolutely no power to enforce it in the highly unlikely contingency that it would no longer be welcome.

15 posted on 09/22/2003 1:30:50 PM PDT by Winniesboy
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To: joesnuffy
You've got something against big rocks?
16 posted on 09/22/2003 1:33:20 PM PDT by RoughDobermann (Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.)
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To: Winniesboy
Thank you for that explanation, as I was wondering myself.
17 posted on 09/22/2003 5:09:12 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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A Blast from the Past.

Please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list. Thanks.
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on, off, or alter the "Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list --
Archaeology/Anthropology/Ancient Cultures/Artifacts/Antiquities, etc.
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18 posted on 07/25/2005 10:05:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.)
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To: blam

Ok, it's mine. I left it there after a wild night of solstice partying.


19 posted on 07/25/2005 10:10:51 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (When a Jihadist dies, an angel gets its wings)
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To: Winniesboy

Designation as a UN World Heritage Site basically means that no development of any kind can be attempted within 30 miles of the site itself.

I happen to know this because I own some property around Zion Canyon in southern Utah. The UN has been trying to designate Zion and Bryce canyons as World Heritage sites. In the meantime, the largest known untapped deposits of coal and natural gas on the planet happen to exist in the region (have we forgotten Escalante Nat'l Monument, created by executive order of Billy Jeff already?). While the status of Escalante and the UN's dalliance in the state are being hashed out in courts, property owners are being denied the right and opportunity to profit from their property.

It has gotten so bad that many of the towns in southern Utah have passed ordinances aimed at making it clear that the UN and it's minions are not welcome at all. There was even a town ordinance in Virgin, Utah which stated that all adult males should be armed, just in case the UN showed up.
I haven't been back for about three years now, so I don't know if that actually passed into law (but it would be neat, wouldn't it?).


20 posted on 07/25/2005 10:15:48 PM PDT by Wombat101 (Sanitized for YOUR protection...)
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To: Wombat101
Er...these posts are two years old! But since you've brought it up -

no development of any kind can be attempted within 30 miles of the site itself

It would seem nobody has told East Devon District Council this, since they're currently planning a new town of 40000 houses only seven miles from the Jurassic Coast! It would also come as rather a surprise to the many other smaller-scale developers currently building along this busy coastal strip.

21 posted on 07/26/2005 2:46:00 AM PDT by Winniesboy
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To: Winniesboy

Well, that's the situation in Utah. The UN attempted to designate the site, the state and property owners sued, the Fed'ral Gubbmnint under Clinton stepped in, injunctions flew fast and furious, and the thing is still tied up in Federal Courts. And will be for years to come.


22 posted on 07/26/2005 6:47:28 AM PDT by Wombat101 (Sanitized for YOUR protection...)
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To: blam

I would like to hear some sophisticated analysis of why it is of any significance that an old axe head was found at this site? We have plenty of old axe heads. The article says little beyond that it was found while plowing. So... does anyone attach any particular significance to an old axe head being found on this site?


23 posted on 07/26/2005 6:55:41 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: steplock

These National Treasures no longer belong to the American Citizens

I understand Carter & Clinton giving away our country - but Reagan??!! Why?!?!

World Heritage Sites
1978 Mesa Verde National Park (CARTER)
1978 Yellowstone National Park (CARTER)
1979 Everglades National Park (CARTER)
1979 Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve (CARTER)
1979 Grand Canyon National Park (CARTER)
1979 Independence Hall National Historical Park (CARTER)
1981 Olympic National Park (CARTER)
1979 Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (CARTER)
1980 Redwood National Park (CARTER)
1981 Mammoth Cave National Park (CARTER)

1983 Great Smoky Mountains National Park (REAGAN)
1983 San Juan National Historical Site (REAGAN)
1984 Statue of Liberty National Monument (REAGAN)
1984 Yosemite National Park (REAGAN)
1987 Chaco Culture National Historical Park (REAGAN)
1987 Hawaii Volcanos National Park (REAGAN)

1995 Carlsbad Caverns National Park (CLINTON)
1995 Waterton Glacier International Peace Park (CLINTON)




It's called One World Government!!

The same reason that Bush is not doing anything about swarms crossing out southern border.

All tied together

Skull and Bones

Council of Foreign Relations

UN

Bilderberger Group

Look it up!


24 posted on 07/26/2005 7:03:53 AM PDT by MudSlide
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To: MudSlide

Anybody know why over 100 of the most powerful men in the world meet in secret in a secret location once a year - they are not there discussing pu**y!


25 posted on 07/26/2005 7:08:09 AM PDT by MudSlide
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