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  • Workers Discover Ancient 'Snake' (UK)

    07/05/2007 11:08:07 AM PDT · by blam · 54 replies · 1,785+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-4-2007
    Workers discover ancient 'snake' An aerial view of the 4000 year old 'Rotherwas Ribbon' Diggers constructing a new access road have uncovered a mysterious serpent-shaped feature, dating from the early bronze age. The 197ft (60m) long ribbon of stones, found in Rotherwas, near Hereford, is thought to date from the same period as Stonehenge, roughly 2000 BC. County archaeologist Dr Keith Ray said as far as he is aware the stone feature is unique in Europe. "We can only speculate it may have been used in some kind of ritual," he said. 'International significance' The Rotherwas Ribbon, as it is...
  • Spanish Stonehenge revealed: 5,000-year-old megalithic temple

    08/23/2019 8:01:47 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 August 2019 | Joe Pinkstone
    A 5,000-year-old monument has reappeared in Spain after being submerged at the bottom of a reservoir for 50 years. The megalithic site features 144 granite blocks which stand more than six-foot tall and has been dubbed 'Spanish Stonehenge'. Its similarity to the UNESCO World heritage site in Wiltshire is striking, but the Iberian version is made of smaller rocks. It was thought to be condemned to the history books in the 1960s when a Spanish general ordered the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Peraleda de la Mata, near Cáceres in Extremadura.
  • 'Cursus' Is Older Than Stonehenge: Archeologists Step Closer To Solving Ancient Monument Riddle

    06/10/2008 10:45:44 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 201+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-10-2008 | University of Manchester.
    'Cursus' Is Older Than Stonehenge: Archeologists Step Closer To Solving Ancient Monument Riddle ScienceDaily (Jun. 10, 2008) — A team led by University of Manchester archaeologist Professor Julian Thomas has dated the Greater Stonehenge Cursus at about 3,500 years BC – 500 years older than the circle itself.The recently discovered antler pick used to dig the Cursus. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Manchester) They were able to pinpoint its age after discovering an antler pick used to dig the Cursus – the most significant find since it was discovered in 1723 by antiquarian William Stukeley. When the pick was...
  • Stonehenge Mystery Solved.

    05/29/2008 5:46:06 PM PDT · by SouthDixie · 23 replies · 67+ views
  • Did Stonehenge start out as royal cemetery?

    05/29/2008 4:47:46 PM PDT · by RDTF · 13 replies · 81+ views
    msnbc ^ | May 29, 2008 | not specified
    WASHINGTON - England's enigmatic Stonehenge served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings — perhaps for ancient kings or chieftains, researchers reported Thursday. Radiocarbon dating of cremated remains shows that burials took place as early as 3000 B.C., when the first ditches around the monument were being built, said University of Sheffield archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson. Those burials continued for at least 500 years, when the giant stones that mark the mysterious circle were being erected, he said. Parker Pearson heads the Stonehenge Riverside Archaeological Project, which has been excavating sites around the world-famous monument for five years. He...
  • Neolithic find Standing stones uncovered near important archaeological site

    08/06/2019 8:38:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies ^ | July 26, 2019 | RTS/jc
    Six aligned standing stones have been discovered on a building site in Sion, southwest Switzerland, in what local authorities call an important archaeological find. "This discovery is of prime importance to help us understand social rituals at the end of the Neolithic period (around 2,500BC) in central Europe," says a press releaseexternal link from canton Valais's buildings, monuments and archaeology department. The find was made by chance during work for a new residential building in the Petit-Chasseur quarter of the cantonal capital Sion. This is the same area where, in the 1960s, several dolmens (collective tombs) and some 30 standing...
  • Stonehenge's Massive Megaliths May Have Been Moved into Place with Pig Lard

    07/21/2019 10:36:46 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 19, 2019 | Grant Currin
    Ancient people may have moved some of the massive megaliths of Stonehenge into place by greasing giant sleds with pig lard, then sliding the giant stones on them across the landscape, a new study suggests. After re-analyzing ceramic pots that earlier researchers believed were used to cook food, archaeologist Lisa-Marie Shillito concluded that many of those pots may have been used to collect fat that dripped off pigs as they were spit-roasted. The grease would have been stored as lard or tallow and used to lubricate the sleds most archaeologists believe were used to move the stones... The pottery fragments...
  • 4,000-Year-Old Burial Revealed on Britain's 'Island of Druids'

    06/29/2019 11:13:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Live Science ^ | June 28, 2019 06:57am ET | Tom Metcalfe,
    And although the burial mound is much older than the Druids — who lived about 2,000 years ago, if they existed at all — the excavations have cast new light on the ancient inhabitants of the island of Anglesey. Overlooking the Irish Sea from the northwest corner of Wales, Anglesey is dotted with numerous Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monuments. The most famous is the 5,000-year-old passage tomb of Bryn Celli Ddu (Welsh for "the mound in the dark grove"), which has an entrance passage that aligns with the rising midsummer sun. It was archaeologically excavated in 1928 and 1929,...
  • Archaeologists uncover megalithic monument thought to be unlike any found in Ireland to date

    06/16/2019 11:34:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies ^ | Friday, June 14, 2019 | Hayley Halpin
    Carrowmore in the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland, with 5,500-year-old passage tombs dating from 3,600 BC. Archaeologists Dr Marion Dowd and Dr James Bonsall directed the excavation of a site that was formerly known as a barrow. Barrows are circular earthen monuments surrounded by a circular ditch. These sites typically date to the Bronze Age and Iron Age, ranging from between 4,000 and 1,500 years old. The excavation has revealed that some unexpected results – that the monument isn’t a barrow at all... The team found that the circular ditch surrounded a central raised area that consisted of...
  • Fascinating theory as to how the pyramids were built.


    05/16/2019 3:09:45 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 27 replies
    The Daily Grail ^ | 09/06/2018 | Greg
    Even in modern times we are fascinated by crystals – from the diamonds we use as a sacred symbol of partnership, to the plethora of ‘healing’ gems that can be found in a New Age gift shop. So we can only imagine how ancient people viewed these transparent rocks with hidden structure. Evidence of the esteem in which crystals were held can be found in a “remarkable set” of ‘crystal weapons’ found in the megalithic tombs of southwestern Spain. At the site of Valencina de la Concepcion, archaeologists have uncovered crystal arrowheads, an exquisite dagger blade, and cores used for...
  • Researchers Made 3,900-Pound Boulders They Can Move by Hand, Giving More Insights Into Ancient...

    04/24/2019 6:49:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 04/17/2019 | Andrew Liszewski
    Matter Design (which was co-founded by Brandon Clifford, who’s also an assistant professor at MIT) worked with CEMEX, a company that specializes in building materials, to design a series of over-sized concrete monoliths that could be assembled like giant building blocks into a larger, functional structure. But despite weighing many tons a piece and being durable enough to survive hundreds of years, the concrete blocks feature unique makeups and shapes that make them relatively easy to move, even by just a single person. There’s a couple of different design approaches at work here. The blocks, which are also known as...
  • World-renowned Ring of Brodgar stone circle vandalised in Orkney

    04/18/2019 6:29:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Damage to the Ring of Brodgar includes graffiti that has been engraved into one of the stones at the Neolithic site near Stenness. It is believed to have been caused sometime between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. The ring originally comprised 60 stones, of which 36 survive. It is within the Heart of Neolithic Orkney Unesco world heritage site, which also includes a large chambered tomb called Maeshowe, the Stones of Stenness and the Skara Brae settlement. The ring was built around 2,500-2,000BC and covers an area of almost 8,500 sq metres (91,500 sq ft). It is the third largest...
  • Thanks to pig remains, scientists uncover extensive human mobility to sites near Stonehenge

    03/17/2019 11:25:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | March 13, 2019 | Richard Madgwick, Cardiff University
    A mutli-isotope analysis of pigs remains found around henge complexes near Stonehenge has revealed the large extent and scale of movements of human communities in Britain during the Late Neolithic. The findings... provide insight into more than a century of debate surrounding the origins of people and animals in the Stonehenge landscape. Neolithic henge complexes, located in southern Britain, have long been studied for their role as ceremonial centers. Feasts that were unprecedented at the time were held at these locations. Experts have theorized that these events brought in many people beyond the surrounding area of the henge sites, but...
  • Stonehenge Secrets May Lie By Side Of The Road

    03/03/2007 11:57:35 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 1,015+ views
    Salisbury Journal ^ | 3-3-2007 | Chris Hooper
    Stonehenge secrets may lie by side of the road By Chris Hooper The stones at Berwick St James which are believed to be the altar stone from Stonehenge. DB1860P2 AN archaeological expert has claimed that two innocuous-looking stones at the side of a road in Berwick St James could hold clues to the secrets of Stonehenge. Dennis Price, who is a renowned expert on the site and used to work with Wessex Archaeology, believes the two large stones standing at the side of a lane next to the B3083 could be parts of Stonehenge's mysterious altar stone. The altar stone,...
  • Quarrying of Stonehenge 'bluestones' dated to 3000 BC

    02/25/2019 6:15:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | February 19, 2019 | Natasha Downes, University College London
    Geologists have long known that 42 of Stonehenge's smaller stones, known as 'bluestones', came from the Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire, west Wales. Now a new study published in Antiquity pinpoints the exact locations of two of these quarries and reveals when and how the stones were quarried... Professor Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Archaeology) and leader of the team, said: "What's really exciting about these discoveries is that they take us a step closer to unlocking Stonehenge's greatest mystery - why its stones came from so far away. Every other Neolithic monument in Europe was built of megaliths brought from no...
  • The spread of Europe’s giant stone monuments may trace back to one region

    02/14/2019 5:59:41 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    Science News ^ | 2/11/19 | Bruce Bower
    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...
  • 6,000-year-old settlement poses tsunami mystery

    05/13/2012 6:22:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Wednesday, May 09, 2012 | Andrew Hamilton
    Archeologists have uncovered evidence of pre-farming people living in the Burren more than 6,000 years ago -- one of the oldest habitations ever unearthed in Ireland. Radiocarbon dating of a shellfish midden on Fanore Beach in north Clare have revealed it to be at least 6,000 years old -- hundreds of years older than the nearby Poulnabrone dolmen. The midden -- a cooking area where nomad hunter-gatherers boiled or roasted shellfish -- contained Stone Age implements, including two axes and a number of smaller stone tools... The midden was discovered by local woman Elaine O'Malley in 2009 and a major...
  • Ohio's Serpent Mound, an archaeological mystery, still the focus of scientific debate

    10/16/2018 12:04:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | October 11, 2018, Updated October 12, 2018 | Susan Glaser
    On a lush hilltop deep in Southern Ohio, a giant snake slithers through the grass, its intentions a mystery. Despite more than a century of study, we still don't know who built the Great Serpent Mound, or why. That's part of what makes a visit here so fascinating, and also a little bit frustrating. There are still questions that can't be answered through a Google search or more than a century of research. This much is known: At 1,348 feet long, the serpent is the largest effigy mound in the world -- that is, an earthen creation in the shape...
  • Ancestors of Stonehenge people could be buried inside uncovered 'house of the dead'

    09/03/2018 3:46:39 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Phy dot org ^ | July 12, 2017 | University of Reading
    A 'House of the Dead' has been discovered in Wiltshire dating back 5,000 years by University of Reading archaeologists and students, and could contain the ancestors of those who lived around Stonehenge and Avebury. As part of the University's final Archaeology Field School in the Pewsey Vale, students and staff, with the support of volunteers from the area, have investigated the site of a Neolithic long barrow burial mound in a place known as Cat's Brain -- the first to be fully investigated in Wiltshire in half a century. The monument, which predates nearby Marden Henge by over 1,000 years,...