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  • Cahokia's Woodhenge: a supprising implication [sic]

    11/29/2010 8:19:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies ^ | Friday, November 26th, 2010 | Richard Thornton
    Today we travel to southern Illinois, where just across the Mississippi River is located the Cahokia Archaeological Zone. Cahokia was the largest known Native American city north of Mexico. At its peak population around 1250 AD, it was larger that London, England. Of course, Cahokia was not its real name. No one knows its real name. Unlike the ancient towns in the Southeast, where direct descendants of the original occupants still live, no one even knows yet what happened to the population of Cahokia, after it was abandoned. There was an indigenous village in the vicinity of Cahokia as early...
  • Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 [CHEESE!]

    12/30/2014 1:54:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | December 25, 2014 06:10am ET | by Megan Gannon, News Editor
    Thanks to the careful work of archaeologists, we learned more in the past year about Stonehenge's hidden monuments, Richard III's gruesome death and King Tut's mummified erection. From the discovery of an ancient tomb in Greece to the first evidence of Neanderthal art, here are 10 of Live Science's favorite archaeology stories of 2014. 1. An Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis [snip] 2. Stonehenge's secret monuments [snip] 3. A shipwreck under the World Trade Center [snip] 4. Richard III's twisted spine, kingly diet and family tree [snip] 5. A teenager in a "black hole" [snip] 6. Syria by satellite...
  • Stonehenge dig finds 6,000-year-old encampment

    12/20/2014 11:21:34 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | December19, 2014 | unattributed
    Archaeologists working on a site near Stonehenge say they have found an untouched 6,000-year-old encampment which "could rewrite British history". David Jacques, from the University of Buckingham, made the discovery at Blick Mead in October, and said the carbon dating results had just been confirmed. But he also raised concerns about possible damage to the site over plans to build a road tunnel past Stonehenge. The Department of Transport said it would "consult before any building". The Blick Mead site is about 1.5 miles (2.4km) from Stonehenge and archaeologists said "scientifically tested charcoal" dug up from the site had "revealed...
  • The Most Disappointing Travel Destinations on Earth

    12/07/2014 10:59:06 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 332 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 07, 2014 | Fox News
    <p>We’ve all built up a trip in our minds, only to find it’s not remotely like the brochures.</p> <p>1. Los Angeles: ‘The whole city is a lie’</p> <p>LA was one of the biggest let-downs for holiday-makers.</p> <p>Travelers expecting Hollywood glitz and glamour were shocked to find what they called a run-down, dangerous and dirty urban sprawl.</p>
  • Underground map reveals mysteries of Stonehenge (+video)

    09/10/2014 2:54:42 PM PDT · by BBell · 50 replies ^ | September 10, 2014
    Using ground-penetrating radar and other high-tech devices, archaeologists at Stonehenge have discovered a complex of monuments buried beneath Britain's iconic paleolithic shrine.
  • Tick One Off the Bucket List: The Sun God Cometh

    09/07/2014 6:45:17 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-6-2014 | MOTUS
    I have to catch an early flight so I leave you to figure out on your own: why did Big Guy really go to Stonehenge yesterday? He said it was because it was on his bucket list.Butt it seems an odd bucket list item for a man of the modern world, if you know what I mean:Butt shoot, he was right around the corner so why not?Still, it made a rather odd photo op, what was he doing? Checking his celestial calendar? Calculating the incalculable pi? Wait, wait! I think I’ve it!Worshipping the sun god?Solstice worshipperYour guess is as good...
  • Stonehenge 'complete circle' evidence found

    09/06/2014 5:54:49 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | August 30, 2014 | unattributed
    Archaeologists say the discovery adds weight to the theory that Stonehenge was once a complete circle. Evidence that the outer stone circle at Stonehenge was once complete has been found, because a hosepipe used to water the site was not long enough. Parch marks in the grass, in an area that had not been watered, have revealed places where two "missing" huge sarsen stones may once have stood. The marks were spotted by an English Heritage steward who alerted archaeologists to their existence. Previous scientific techniques such as geophysics failed to find any evidence. Historians have long debated whether Stonehenge...
  • 'Knocked that off the bucket list': Obama makes surprise visit to Stonehenge following NATO summit

    09/05/2014 2:15:09 PM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 50 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 9/5/14 | JChapman, DBloom
    It is one of the world's most famous ancient sites. And tonight it seemed Barack Obama could not resist a chance to see Stonehenge for himself - ordering his helicopter to make an unscheduled stop on his return home from the Nato summit. After flying out of Newport in south Wales, Marine One made an unannounced landing at Boscombe Down Airbase in Wiltshire.
  • Why was Stonehenge built? 'Groundbreaking' discovery of 15 new monuments suggests the answer...

    08/26/2014 10:21:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 13:41 EST, 22 August 2014 | Sarah Griffiths
    Archaeologist Vince Gaffney, of the University of Birmingham, is involved in the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project – a four-year collaboration with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Austria. The team has conducted the first detailed underground survey of the area surrounding Stonehenge, covering around four square miles (6km), journalist Ed Caesar reported for Smithsonian. They discovered evidence of 15 unknown and poorly-understood late Neolithic monuments, including other henges, barrows, pits and ditches, which could all harbour valuable information about the prehistoric site. ... Historians are not sure what purpose the Curcus served and Professor Gaffney...
  • Archaeologists compare Neolithic Kent site to Stonehenge, find Bronze Age funerary monument

    08/17/2014 1:10:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Culture24 ^ | 12 August 2014 | Ben Miller
    Archaeologists suspect a “sacred way” could have led to a henge 6,000 years ago at Iwade Meadows, to the west of the Kent industrial town of Sittingbourne. Positioned on a north-west slope, the 30-metre diameter structure is one of several prehistoric monuments on a north-west slope above the Ridham fleet stream running through the centre of the site. ...says Dr Paul Wilkinson, of... SWAT Archaeology... “The monuments are in a location that would have formerly had extensive views to the Swale Estuary and the Island of Sheppey beyond. “The archaeological evidence suggests that the outer ditch may have originated in...
  • Archaeologists say Stonehenge was "London of the Mesolithic" in Amesbury investigation

    05/10/2014 2:20:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Culture 24 ^ | May 6, 2014 | Ben Miller
    Giant bull, wild boar and red deer bones left at a settlement a mile from Stonehenge prove that Amesbury is the oldest settlement in Britain and has been continually occupied since 8820 BC, according to archaeologists who say the giant monuments were built by indigenous hunters and homemakers rather than Neolithic new builders. Carbon dating of aurochs – a breed twice the size of bulls – predates the settlers responsible for the massive pine posts at Stonehenge, suggesting that people had first lived in Wiltshire around 3,000 years before the site was created in 3000 BC. Experts had previously thought...
  • UK's Oldest town revealed: Amesbury dates back more than TEN millenia

    05/07/2014 6:42:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Emily Fox
    Carbon dating from an archaeological dig by the university shows that the parish of Amesbury has been continually occupied for every millennia since 8,820BC. The origins of Amesbury have been discovered as a result of carbon dating bones of aurochs - twice the size of bulls, wild boar and red deer - following a dig at Vespasian's Camp, Blick Mead, a mile-and-a-half from Stonehenge. It dates the activities of the people who were responsible for building the first monuments at Stonehenge, made of massive pine posts, and show their communities continuing to work and live in the area for a...
  • Archaeologists Begin Dig on Buried Stone Circle TEN Times Bigger than Stonehenge

    07/01/2010 5:37:28 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 51 replies ^ | 6/30/2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Archaeologists have begun a major dig to unearth the hidden mysteries of a buried ancient stone circle site that is ten times bigger than Stonehenge. The enormous 4,000 year old Marden Henge, in Wiltshire, is Britain's largest prehistoric structure stretching for 10.5 hectares, the equivalent of 10 football pitches. English Heritage is carrying out a six-week dig hoping to reveal the secrets behind the giant henge which has baffled historians for centuries.
  • Tomb found at Stonehenge quarry site (Wales)

    09/01/2011 9:08:44 AM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | August 31, 2011 | Louise Ord
    The tomb for the original builders of Stonehenge could have been unearthed by an excavation at a site in Wales.The Carn Menyn site in the Preseli Hills is where the bluestones used to construct the first stone phase of the henge were quarried in 2300BC. Organic material from the site will be radiocarbon dated, but it is thought any remains have already been removed. Archaeologists believe this could prove a conclusive link between the site and Stonehenge. The remains of a ceremonial monument were found with a bank that appears to have a pair of standing stones embedded in it....
  • The Mystery of Stonehenge, Ancient Petroglyphs and Crop Circles

    03/11/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by Renfield · 18 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 3-6-2014 | G. L. Leale
    The Mystery of Stonehenge, Ancient Petroglyphs and Crop Circles There are many theories about the origins and functions of Stonehenge. Only through exploring the significance of the electromagnetic universe do we begin to understand the implications of this great stone megalith. Revelations have appeared via another great mystery, crop circles but in a formation so obtuse it was largely bypassed.In 2009 at Manton, Wiltshire, UK, a stand alone pattern appeared. A peculiar stark design, it attracted little in the way of analysis going largely unexplored.However it is a major key to much crop circle imagery and meaning; that Earth life...
  • Ancient grave discovered

    05/17/2002 12:33:42 PM PDT · by Clive · 27 replies · 187+ views
    A 4,000-year- old grave found near Stonehenge contains the remains of an archer and a trove of artifacts that make it one of the richest early Bronze Age sites in Europe, archeologists said Thursday. "It's a fantastically important discovery both for the number of artifacts found in that grave and the range of artifacts. It's absolutely unique," said Gillian Varndell, a curator of the British Museum's prehistory department. About 100 objects, including a pair of rare gold earrings, were found three miles east of Stonehenge with the bones of a man who died at about the time the monolithic stone...

    03/24/2004 4:56:10 PM PST · by vannrox · 69 replies · 3,365+ views
    But then, the blocks that Wallace T. Wallington moves around near his home in a rural Flint area have weighed up to nearly 10 tons. And by himself, he moves these behemoth playthings, not with cranes and cables, but with wooden levers. "It's more technique than it is technology," Wallington says. "I think the ancient Egyptians and Britons knew this." Last October, a production crew from Discovery Channel in Canada came to Wallington's home to record him as he raised a 16-foot, rectangular, concrete block that weighed 19,200 pounds and set it into a hole. That taping was made into...
  • 6,000-year-old vegetation found [ Salisbury plain ]

    12/22/2013 5:36:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Salisbury Journal ^ | Sunday, December 15th, 2013 | Dr Helen Wickstead
    A sink hole discovered by archaeologists in Damerham may hold vital information about the plant species thriving there 6,000 years ago. An archaeology team led by a Kingston University academic has been working on the Neolithic site for six years. Four areas of the temple complex were excavated during the summer, and in the largest of the openings, which was about 40 metres long, careful extractions revealed a layer of uncharacteristic orange sand and clay. Usually the archaeological survey would involve mapping and cataloguing finds such as bone, pottery and tool-making waste fragments. Instead the team, led by Dr Helen...
  • Archaeologists Map Neolithic Monument Complex at Damerham, near Stonehenge

    12/03/2013 6:43:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies ^ | November 27, 2013 | staff
    A team of archaeologists from London’s Kingston University has mapped a prehistoric temple complex at a Neolithic site near the village of Damerham – located about 15 miles from the iconic Stonehenge – and discovered a sink hole of material that may hold information about plants that thrived there 6,000 years ago. “The site at Damerham is on chalk land, so we don’t often find materials like this that capture and preserve the plant remains – pollen or phytoliths – from a specific time period,” said Dr Helen Wickstead, head of the archaeological team. “It was evident that prehistoric people...
  • Archaeologists looking for Stonehenge origins 'are digging in wrong place'

    11/28/2013 5:42:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | Steven Morris
    One of the mysteries of Stonehenge is how some of its stones were brought from Pembrokeshire in Wales to Wiltshire. Photograph: I Capture Photography/Alamy For almost a century archaeologists have been braving the wind and rain on an exposed Welsh hillside in an attempt to solve one of the key mysteries of Stonehenge. But new research about to be published suggests that over the decades they may have been chipping away at the wrong rocky outcrop on the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire. The work in the hills is a crucial element in the understanding of Stonehenge because it is generally...
  • Stonehenge Was An Ancient Burial Ground For the Rich: Study

    04/27/2013 12:29:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | on April 27, 2013 | Elizabeth Howell
    The site of Stonehenge — that mysterious collection of British rocks that could have served as a calendar using the stars — was also a graveyard for the elite, according to new research. A British group led by the University College London looked at 63 bodies surrounding the historical site. They determined these people were part of a group of elite families that brought their relatives to Stonehenge for burial over more than 200 years, starting from 2,900 BC. The bodies were buried long before the rocks visible today were erected, though. Read more:
  • Why did European DNA suddenly change 4,000 years ago? (Shortened Title)

    04/24/2013 5:50:41 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 52 replies
    Mail Online ^ | April 23, 2013 | Staff
    The genetic makeup of Europe mysteriously transformed about 4,000-5,000 years ago, researchers have discovered. An Australian team found the unexplained change while analysing several skeletons unearthed in central Europe that were up to 7,500 years old. They say the rapid expansion of the Bell Beaker culture, which is believed to have been instrumental in building the monoliths at Stonehedge, could hold the key.
  • Wanted: Stonehenge general manager to meet with Druids

    04/22/2013 6:43:12 AM PDT · by Renfield · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-20-2013 | Melanie Hall
    Only the "brightest and the best" need apply for the £65,000-a-year job to manage the famous attraction, which draws Druids and daytrippers to the prehistoric monument each year. The tasks will involve meeting with Druid leaders and ensuring the solstice celebrations "aren't in some way compromising the mystery and integrity of the stones", English Heritage said. The successful candidate will be expected to manage the attraction, which is aligned with the solstice sun, muck in to help the site's one million visitors and lead the monument's 180 staff and volunteers. Tim Reeve, English Heritage's historic properties director, said: "You could...
  • Stonehenge 5,000 Years Older Than Thought

    04/20/2013 6:32:59 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 30 replies
    Discovery ^ | 4-19-2013 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Excavation near Stonehenge found evidence of a settlement dating back to 7,500 BC, revealing the site was occupied some 5,000 years earlier than previously thought. Working at Vespasian’s Camp in Amesbury, Wiltshire, less than a mile from the megalithic stones, a team led by archaeologist David Jacques of the Open University unearthed material which contradicted the general belief that no people settled there until as late as 2,500 BC. Indeed, carbon dating of the material revealed the existence of a semi-permanent settlement which was occupied from 7,500 to 4,700 BC. The dating showed that people were present during every millennium...
  • Ancient tomb found at 'Sweden's Stonehenge'

    10/17/2012 3:41:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | October 15, 2012 | Rebecca Martin
    Swedish archaeologists have unearthed what is presumed to be a dolmen, or a portal tomb, that is believed to be over 5,000 years old near the megalithic monument Ale's stones in southern Sweden... Despite a few days of rain, the archaeologists have managed to uncover enough of the site to see that what they have found is like to be a dolmen, a type of megalithic tomb, most often consisting of three or more upright stones supporting a large flat horizontal capstone... According to reports, the archaeologists have found what they believe is an imprint of the tomb, which must...
  • Uncovered: Secrets of Ilkley Moor's rock art

    09/16/2012 7:38:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Yorkshire Post ^ | Friday, September 14, 2012 | Andrew Robinson
    It is a 4,000-year-old mystery just waiting to be solved... Are they way markers, religious symbols, star charts or just 'doodles' done by early farmers with a bit of time on their hands? ...There are more than 400 known rock carvings, known as 'cup and ring' stones, on Rombalds Moor, which includes Ilkley Moor, and they are thought to date back to before the Pyramids were built. Members of Friends of Ilkley Moor are busy mapping the exact locations of the stones, noting down their co-ordinates and taking photographs for posterity. And now the Friends have launched a Cup and...
  • Ancient Town Found Near Stonehenge

    01/30/2007 10:28:33 AM PST · by Froufrou · 16 replies · 552+ views ^ | 01/30/07 | Unknown
    Evidence of a large settlement full of houses dating back to 2,600 BC has been discovered near the ancient stone monument of Stonehenge in southwest England, scientists said on Tuesday. They suspect inhabitants of the houses, forming the largest Neolithic village ever found in Britain, built the stone circle at Stonehenge -- generally thought to have been a temple, burial ground or an astronomy site -- between 3,000 and 1,600 BC. "We found the remains of eight houses," Mike Parker Pearson, a professor of archaeology at Sheffield University, said in a teleconference to announce the discovery. "We think they are...
  • Research finds Stonehenge was monument marking unification of Britain

    06/22/2012 3:40:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    U of Sheffield ^ | Friday, June 22, 2012 | Amy Stone
    The teams, from the universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Southampton, Bournemouth and University College London, all working on the Stonehenge Riverside Project (SRP), explored not just Stonehenge and its landscape but also the wider social and economic context of the monument's main stages of construction around 3,000 BC and 2,500 BC... Previous theories have suggested the great stone circle was used as a prehistoric observatory, a sun temple, a place of healing, and a temple of the ancient druids. The Stonehenge Riverside Project's researchers have rejected all these possibilities after the largest programme of archaeological research ever mounted on this iconic...
  • Swedish Stonehenge? Ancient stone structure spurs debate

    04/19/2012 1:53:22 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2012 | Crystal Gammon
    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...
  • 'Discovery of a lifetime': Stone Age temple found in Orkney is 800 years older than Stonehenge...

    01/04/2012 6:00:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2nd January 2012 | Ted Thornhill
    The site, known as the Ness of Brodgar, was investigated by BBC2 documentary A History of Ancient Britain, with presenter Neil Oliver describing it as 'the discovery of a lifetime'. So far the remains of 14 Stone Age buildings have been excavated, but thermal geophysics technology has revealed that there are 100 altogether, forming a kind of temple precinct. Until now Stonehenge was considered to have been the centre of Neolithic culture, but that title may now go to the Orkney site, which contains Britain's earliest known wall paintings. Oliver said: 'The excavation of a vast network of buildings on...
  • Stonehenge rocks Pembrokeshire link confirmed

    12/20/2011 6:33:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | Monday, December 19, 2011 | unattributed
    Experts say they have confirmed for the first time the precise origin of some of the rocks at Stonehenge. It has long been suspected that rhyolites from the northern Preseli Hills helped build the monument. But research by National Museum Wales and Leicester University has identified their source to within 70m (230ft) of Craig Rhos-y-felin, near Pont Saeson. The museum's Dr Richard Bevins said the find would help experts work out how the stones were moved to Wiltshire. For nine months Dr Bevins, keeper of geology at National Museum Wales, and Dr Rob Ixer of Leicester University collected and identified...
  • Stonehenge rocks Pembrokeshire link confirmed

    12/19/2011 3:50:17 PM PST · by decimon · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | December 19, 2011
    Experts say they have confirmed for the first time the precise origin of some of the rocks at Stonehenge.It has long been suspected that rhyolites from the northern Preseli Hills helped build the monument. But research by National Museum Wales and Leicester University has identified their source to within 70m (230ft) of Craig Rhos-y-felin, near Pont Saeson. The museum's Dr Richard Bevins said the find would help experts work out how the stones were moved to Wiltshire. For nine months Dr Bevins, keeper of geology at National Museum Wales, and Dr Rob Ixer of Leicester University collected and identified samples...
  • Archaeologists make new Stonehenge 'sun worship' find

    11/28/2011 6:59:14 PM PST · by decimon · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | November 28, 2011
    Two previously undiscovered pits have been found at Stonehenge which point to it once being used as a place of sun worship before the stones were erected.The pits are positioned on celestial alignment at the site and may have contained stones, posts or fires to mark the rising and setting of the sun. An international archaeological survey team found the pits as part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project. The team is using geophysical imaging techniques to investigate the site. The archaeologists from the University of Birmingham and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection in Vienna have been surveying...
  • Pagan stone circle built at US Air Force training academy

    11/28/2011 4:12:34 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 61 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-28-11
    The US military has built a stone circle in its Air Force academy to give pagans, druids and witches somewhere to practice their religion. The Colorado base has spent around £50,000 building the Stonehenge-like structure to allow witches to cast spells, and pagans to form "circles of power" by night. It is situated on top of a wooded hill and includes a fire pit. The academy says it is for cadets who practice 'Earth based' religions including druids, witches and North American faiths. Despite the expenses it is believed only three out of the 4,300 cadets have openly admitted that...
  • Prehistoric Teen Girl's Grave Found Near Henge

    10/10/2011 4:28:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 48 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Thursday, October 6, 2011 | Jennifer Viegas
    Four to five thousand years ago, a wealthy teenage girl was laid to rest in a grave at what archaeologists believe is a newly found henge in Kent, England. The discovery of the 17-year-old's grave -- along with a unique prehistoric pot inside of a ringed ditch near two other women -- strengthens the idea that important death-related rituals took place at many of these mysterious ancient monuments when they were first erected. "What is becoming clear is that with a series of major excavations in Kent linked to road and rail works, and new aerial photography, there are many...
  • Aboriginal Stonehenge: Stargazing in ancient Australia

    10/07/2011 4:12:22 PM PDT · by FritzG · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 05 Oct 2011 | Stephanie Hegarty
    An egg-shaped ring of standing stones in Australia could prove to be older than Britain's Stonehenge - and it may show that ancient Aboriginal cultures had a deep understanding of the movements of the stars. Fifty metres wide and containing more than 100 basalt boulders, the site of Wurdi Youang in Victoria was noted by European settlers two centuries ago, and charted by archaeologists in 1977, but only now is its purpose being rediscovered. It is thought the site was built by the Wadda Wurrung people - the traditional inhabitants of the area. All understanding of the rocks' significance...
  • How two little ducks could transform our understanding of Stonehenge

    10/06/2011 8:38:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 | Gavin Allen
    The most significant artifacts uncovered are two carved ducks, the first of their kind to be found in Britain and the oldest figurines ever hewn from the UK. The ducks were likely, say the team, to be a result of the Bronze Age tradition of carving animal figurines which were then thrown into water as offerings. But while the ducks date back to 700BC, a ceremonial dagger was also found which originated around 1400BC. However, another item which Jacques initially believed was a cow's tooth was revealed by radiocarbon dating to date back to around 6250BC, some 3,000 years before...
  • Dig therapy for injured soldiers on Salisbury Plain

    09/13/2011 5:07:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, September 8, 2011 | unattributed
    Injured soldiers from Gloucestershire-based 1st Battalion The Rifles, who have returned from front line duties in Afghanistan, are helping with an archaeological dig on Salisbury Plain. The project is designed to help them recover from battlefield injuries, including combat stress.
  • A new henge discovered at Stonehenge

    02/02/2011 7:39:33 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Physorg ^ | Monday, January 31, 2011 | Provided by University of Birmingham
    An archaeology team led by the University of Birmingham and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Austria discovered a major ceremonial monument less than one kilometre away from the iconic Stonehenge. History is set to be rewritten after an archaeology team led by the University of Birmingham and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Austria discovered a major ceremonial monument less than one kilometer away from the iconic Stonehenge. The incredible find has been hailed by Professor Vince Gaffney, from the University's IBM Visual and Spatial Technology Centre... "This finding...
  • The enigmatic Mzora stone ring in Morocco

    02/02/2011 7:29:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Stone Pages ^ | Monday, January 31, 2011 | The Heritage Journal
    In Morocco, not far from the Atlantic coast and away from major tourist attractions, lies a remarkable and enigmatic megalithic site. The Mzora stone ring (also spelled variously as Msoura/Mezorah) is situated roughly 11km from the nearest town of Asilah and about 27km from the ruins of ancient Lixus. It is not easy to reach and a small display in the archaeological museum at Tetouan is the most the majority of visitors see or hear of this very interesting site. Plutarch, in the first century CE, may have referred to Mzora in his Life of Sertorius. He describes the Roman...
  • Stonehenge Built With Balls? New experiment suggests monumental stones could have rolled on rails

    12/30/2010 3:10:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies · 18+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | Friday, December 10, 2010 | Kate Ravilious
    It's one of Stonehenge's greatest mysteries: How did Stone Age Britons move 45-ton slabs across dozens of miles to create the 4,500-year-old stone circle? ...A previous theory suggested that the builders used wooden rollers -- carved tree trunks laid side by side on a constructed hard surface. Another imagined huge wooden sleds atop greased wooden rails. But critics say the rollers' hard pathway would have left telltale gouges in the landscape, which have never been found. And the sled system, while plausible, would have required huge amounts of manpower -- hundreds of men at a time to move one of...
  • The mystery of ancient man: Lost civilizations

    12/23/2010 5:59:45 AM PST · by Purrsiancat · 55 replies · 4+ views
    Did visitors from space help build the great pyramids of Egypt and Central America? Is advanced technology from an alien civilization needed to explain how ancient man could move huge stones, build monumental structures, create intricate artwork and organize complex cultures? Some think so, because of their evolutionary belief that ancient man was ‘primitive’. If evolution were true, the further back into history we look, evidence should show a gradual decline in man’s intelligence, moving closer to the ape’s. Biblical creation would indicate otherwise. Man, created in God’s image, has always been intelligent. People make discoveries and invent things, and...
  • Archaeology: 8000 year-old Sun temple found in Bulgaria

    12/16/2010 9:42:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Sofia Echo ^ | Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | staff
    The oldest temple of the Sun has been discovered in northwest Bulgaria, near the town of Vratsa, aged at more then 8000 years, the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) reported on December 15 2010. The Bulgarian 'Stonehenge' is hence about 3000 years older than its illustrious English counterpart. But unlike its more renowned English cousin, the Bulgarian sun temple was not on the surface, rather it was dug out from under tons of earth and is shaped in the form of a horse shoe, the report said. The temple was found near the village of Ohoden. According to archaeologists, the prehistoric...
  • Stonehenge boy 'was from the Med'

    09/28/2010 3:45:43 PM PDT · by Palter · 74 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 Sep 2010 | Paul Rincon
    Chemical tests on teeth from an ancient burial near Stonehenge indicate that the person in the grave grew up around the Mediterranean Sea. The bones belong to a teenager who died 3,550 years ago and was buried with a distinctive amber necklace. The conclusions come from analysis of different forms of the elements oxygen and strontium in his tooth enamel.Analysis on a previous skeleton found near Stonehenge showed that that person was also a migrant to the area.The findings will be discussed at a science symposium in London to mark the 175th anniversary of the British Geological Survey (BGS). The...
  • Acoustic archaeology: The secret sounds of Stonehenge

    08/27/2010 7:51:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    New Scientist ^ | Friday, August 27, 2010 | Trevor Cox
    ...The popping of a balloon is not the standard or best way to measure an impulse response, but more sophisticated equipment was not allowed at Stonehenge. At a full-size replica of the monument at Maryhill, Washington state, however, Bruno and Rupert were able to use powerful loudspeakers and special test signals to get more accurate results. Maryhill also has the advantage that it is complete, whereas some of the stones of Stonehenge have fallen or disappeared over the years. That makes a noticeable difference to the drum sounds convolved with Maryhill's impulse response: the more complete stone circle makes the...
  • Bronze Age henge found in Hertfordshire

    08/25/2010 5:35:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, August 24, 2010 | unattributed
    ...near Letchworth. Archaeologists have found a circular area about 50 metres wide surrounded by a bank at Stapleton's Field in Norton. North Herts Archaeology Officer, Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews said: "Henges are quite rare with only 60 known in the UK, so this is a significant find. It's interesting as the only other henge known locally is on Western Hills, which is visible from the site we are working on." ...The archaeologists are able to date the henge because of pottery they found which is associated with the Bronze Age... Henges are only known to occur in Britain and Northern Ireland. They...
  • Stonehenge's newly discovered second henge

    07/23/2010 3:44:19 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | July 22, 2010 | David Gregory
    The team was very excited when I was there by this black and white image. It's a scan of an existing barrow and in this image the archaeological team see a segmented ditch and 24 deep pits which they say would probably have been dug for timbers and a wooden structure. A wooden henge. The diagram on the right shows this more clearly.
  • Stonehenge twin discovered stone's throw away [woodhenge]

    07/22/2010 6:51:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Thursday, July 22, 2010 | Maev Kennedy
    New wooden henge, a circular ditch that aligns with world-famous monument, deemed site's most exciting find in a lifetime -- Without a sod of earth being dug up, a new henge, a circular ditch which probably enclosed a ring of timber posts and may have been used for feasting, has been discovered...only 900 metres away and apparently contemporary to the 5,000-year-old stone circle, as the most exciting find at Stonehenge in a lifetime... The henge was revealed within a fortnight of an international team beginning fieldwork on the three-year Stonehenge Hidden Landscape project, which aims to survey and map 14...
  • Wooden "Stonehenge" Emerges From Prehistoric Ohio

    07/21/2010 7:25:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 1+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | July 20, 2010 | unattributed
    Just northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio, a sort of wooden Stonehenge is slowly emerging as archaeologists unearth increasing evidence of a 2,000-year-old ceremonial site... Like Stonehenge, the Ohio timber circles were likely used to mark astronomical events such as the summer solstice. Formally called Moorehead Circle but nicknamed "Woodhenge" by non-archaeologists, the site was once a leafless forest of wooden posts. Laid out in a peculiar pattern of concentric, but incomplete, rings, the site is about 200 feet (57 meters) wide. Today only rock-filled postholes remain, surrounded by the enigmatic earthworks of Fort Ancient State Memorial (map). Some are thousands of...
  • Dig unearths evidence of Neolithic partying

    09/11/2006 9:16:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 400+ views
    This Is Wiltshire ^ | 9/11/2006 | Corey Ross
    A team of 100 archaeologists, from various universities around Britain, along with Wessex Archaeology, has been carrying out excavations as part of the seven-year Riverside Project at Woodhenge, Durrington Walls and Stonehenge Cursus to find out more about the sites and their links with Stonehenge in the 26th Century BC... Professor of archaeology at Sheffield University Mike Parker- Pearson is leading the dig: "I think our most exciting discovery is the ceremonial avenue which leads from Durrington Walls to the river." ...The road, which formed an avenue aligned on the Midsummer Solstice sunset, suggested that Durrington Walls and Woodhenge were...