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  • Mysterious Mustatils- Giant 7,000-Year-Old Stone Monuments In Saudi Arabia Baffle Scientists

    08/24/2020 11:06:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Ancient Pages ^ | 08/19/2020 | Jan Bartek
    The mustatils are giant stone monuments that are about 7,000-year- old. The Arabic name ‘mustatils,’ means rectangle. These vast structures made of stone piled into rectangles, are some of the oldest large-scale structures in the world. Mustalis were previously recognized from satellite imagery and as they were often covered by younger structures, it had been speculated that they might be ancient, perhaps extending back to the Neolithic. Recent studies reveal new, interesting information that may shed light on the purpose of these massive stone monuments. Dr. Huw Groucutt from the Max Planck Institutes for Chemical Ecology, the Science of Human...
  • About 30 previously unknown stones discovered at Carahunge (the Armenian Stonehenge)

    08/11/2020 1:00:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Public Radio of Armenia ^ | August 10, 2020 | Siranush Ghazanchyan
    About 30 previously unknown stones with holes have been discovered at Carahunge or Zorats Karer (the Armenian Stonehenge). Other stones of astronomical importance have also been found during the measurement works carried out jointly by the Byurakan Observatory and the Armenian National University of Architecture and Construction. The team carried out computer scanning of the monument and the adjacent area, aerial photo-scanning of the area. All stones with holes were photographed and measured. After the measurement results are summed up, astronomical calculations will begin based on new, highly accurate data. Carahunge is a prehistoric archaeological site near the town of...
  • "Woodhenge" discovered in prehistoric complex of Perdigies

    08/06/2020 9:41:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    The Portugal News ^ | August 4, 2020 | editors
    Archaeological excavations in the Perdig&otildees complex, in the Évora district, have identified "a unique structure in the Prehistory of the iberian Peninsula", Era -Arqueologia announced. Speaking to the Lusa agency, the archaeologist in charge, António Valera, said that it was "a monumental wooden construction, of which the foundations remain, with a circular plan and more than 20 metres in diameter". it is "a ceremonial construction", a type of structure only known in Central Europe and the British isles, according to the archaeologist, with the designations as 'Woodhenge', "wooden versions of Stonehenge", or 'Timber Circles' (wooden circles). The structure now identified...
  • HS2 uncovers Iron Age murder victim and timber Stonehenge-style formation during excavations near Wendover

    07/15/2020 9:31:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Bucks Herald ^ | Saturday, July 11th 2020 | Thomas Bamford
    During the excavation work at Wellwick Farm near Wendover, archaeologists discovered a skeleton of an adult male buried face down in a ditch with hands bound together under his pelvis. The unusual burial position suggests the iron age man may have been a victim of a murder or execution. Osteologists are currently examining the skeleton for further evidence of foul play. Dr. Rachel Wood, Project Archaeologist said: "We already knew that Buckinghamshire is rich in archaeology but discovering a site showing human activity spanning 4,000 years came as a bit of a surprise to us. "The death of the Wellwick...
  • Archaeologists Suggest Stonehenge's Huge Blocks Arrived by Land, Debunk Raft Theory

    07/07/2020 9:51:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    Sputnik International ^ | July 2, 2020 | maybe Chris J Ratcliffe
    Last year, scientists from Newcastle University in the UK suggested that pig fat could have been used to move the stones to create Stonehenge. Archaeologists may have debunked the theory that stones for the world famous Stonehenge were sent via rafts from Wales to Salisbury Plain, a study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science says. The recent study using chemical analysis showed that the six-tonne sandstone from Stonehenge matches rocks in Abergavenny, just a few miles from the English border. Thus the study shows that the stones could have been carried overland, debunking the theory that they were taken...
  • Vast neolithic circle of deep shafts found near Stonehenge

    06/23/2020 12:15:56 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 22, 2020 | Dalya Alberge
    A circle of deep shafts has been discovered near the world heritage site of Stonehenge, to the astonishment of archaeologists, who have described it as the largest prehistoric structure ever found in Britain. Four thousand five hundred years ago, the Neolithic peoples who constructed Stonehenge, a masterpiece of engineering, also dug a series of shafts aligned to form a circle spanning 1.2 miles (2km) in diameter. The structure appears to have been a boundary guiding people to a sacred area because Durrington Walls, one of Britain’s largest henge monuments, is located precisely at its centre. The site is 1.9 miles...
  • Scientists find huge ring of ancient shafts near Stonehenge

    06/22/2020 8:08:02 AM PDT · by gnarledmaw · 38 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 22JUN20 | AP
    Synopsis: A 4500yo ring (1.2miles across) of 20+ pits (32'wide x 16'deep) of unknown purpose found at Durrington Walls, the Neolithic village associated with Stonehenge.
  • 400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia

    10/18/2017 4:58:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 17, 2017 07:02am ET | Owen Jarus,Contributor |
    Discovered mainly through satellite images, a few of the gates are actually located on the side of a volcanic dome that once spewed basaltic lava, researchers found. The gates "are stone-built, the walls roughly made and low," David Kennedy, a professor at the University of Western Australia, wrote in a paper set to be published in the November issue of the journal Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy. The gates "appear to be the oldest man-made structures in the landscape," Kennedy noted, adding that "no obvious explanation of their purpose can be discerned." The smallest of the gates extends about 43 feet...
  • Discovering the prehistoric monuments of Arabia

    06/12/2020 10:51:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    In contrast to the prehistoric remains of the Near East, the megalithic monuments of Arabia remain largely unknown. These monumental structures, made of dry stone walls, still hold many secrets in terms of their construction, function and chronology. An international collaboration (1) of scientists from France, Saudi Arabia and Italy (2), led by Olivia Munoz, a researcher at the CNRS, have discovered a 35-metre long triangular platform in the oasis of Dûmat al-Jandal (northern Saudi Arabia). Built in several phases from the 6th millennium BC, this exceptional monument was probably dedicated to ritual practices, some of which were probably funerary...
  • A temple that predates Stonehenge reveals architectural planning may be older than we think

    05/16/2020 9:36:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Lauren M Johnson
    Researchers have discovered part of the mystery behind the construction of the earliest known temple in human history. The Göbekli Tepe complex in southeastern Anatolia, Turkey, is a 11,500-year-old stone structure that predates Stonehenge, according to a news release. The researchers used a computer algorithm to trace the architectural design, especially three of the complex's monumental round structures, to determine that the pillars were placed in their particular positions on purpose.
  • Stonehenge will livestream its summer solstice celebration for the first time ever

    05/17/2020 7:37:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Matador Network ^ | May 13, 2020 | Eben Diskin
    Just because Stonehenge is thousands of years old doesn’t mean it can’t adapt to the virtual age. The ancient, mystical site typically hosts one of the world’s most popular summer solstice celebrations, attracting thousands of people, including the druid and pagan community, on the longest day of the year to watch the sun rise behind the Heel Stone. This year, however, the usual celebration won’t be possible. The English Heritage organization, which manages Stonehenge, is asking people not to visit the site, and is instead offering a livestream of the sunrise. Nichola Tasker, the director of Stonehenge, said, “We have...
  • Henges: Stonehenge, Woodhenge, Avebury & Stanton Drew

    05/04/2020 2:27:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 9 years ago | Rupert Soskin, produced by Michael Bott
    This is a clip from my film, 'Standing with Stones'. Produced and directed by myself (Michael Bott) and presented by my old friend naturalist and explorer Rupert Soskin, it is a first-hand account from Rupert of a journey through the British Isles and Ireland, starting at the tip of Cornwall and ending on the Scottish Isles, visiting over 100 Neolithic and Bronze age monuments en route... Standing with Stones is a documentary film that takes the viewer on a journey of discovery revealing the wealth and extent of our Neolithic and Bronze Age heritage. If you ever wondered what it...
  • The equinox reveals one of the secrets of Egypt's iconic Sphinx

    03/28/2020 11:56:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 69 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 23, 2020 | Laura Geggel
    The Sphinx had a "distinctive astronomical" moment with the sun during the spring equinox when, in a shining flourish, the sun set on the shoulder of the half-man, half-lion statue on March 19, according to the Egypt Ministry of Antiquities. This phenomenon happens only twice a year, during the spring in March and the fall equinox in September, according to the ministry. During the equinox, Earth's axis doesn't point toward or away from the sun, meaning that the Northern and Southern hemispheres receive equal amounts of the sun's light. In other words, the day and the night are equal in...
  • Ancient secret of lightning strikes at stone circles revealed

    03/22/2020 10:46:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    One rarely-visited site surveyed, known as Site XI or Airigh na Beinne Bige, now consists of a single standing stone on an exposed hillside overlooking the great circle. Geophysics revealed that not only was the stone originally part of a circle of standing stones, but also that there was a massive, star-shaped magnetic anomaly in the centre – either the result of a single, large lighting strike or many smaller strikes on the same spot. Project leader Dr Richard Bates, of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews, said: “Such clear evidence for lightning...
  • Sacsayhuaman. A Look from Inside

    01/24/2020 12:16:45 PM PST · by wildbill · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/18/2018 | igor Alexsegev
    Lecture by Igor Aleksejev, the author of the film "The Living Stones of Sacsayhuaman". Details about archaeological objects and working with the GRP group. (Followup to The Living Stones documentary with total coverage specifically on one site)
  • New evidence reveals what inspired ancient stone circles on Isle of Lewis

    01/04/2020 11:07:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    The Scotsman, tall and handsome built ^ | Monday, December 23, 2019 | Scotsman Reporter
    A massive lightning strike which hit the Isle of Lewis more than 3,000 years ago may have inspired ancient civilisations to build stone circles, academics believe. Scientists studying a prehistoric stone circle on the Outer Hebrides island discovered evidence of a lightning strike on a nearby site where a circle had been hidden beneath a peat bog. Just one stone remained standing at the site, known as Site XI or Airigh na Beinne Bige, which overlooks the main stone circle, Tursachan Chalanais, at Calanais on the Isle of Lewis. But it is believed that the single stone was once part...
  • 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