Aug 04 2013

Stonehenge – a crematorium?


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England’s enigmatic Stonehenge served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings and for several hundred years thereafter, new research indicates.

Dating of cremated remains shows burials took place as early as 3000 B.C., when the first ditches around the monument were being built, researchers said Thursday.

And those burials continued for at least 500 years, when the giant stones that mark the mysterious circle were being erected, they said.

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Originally posted 2008-06-04 10:11:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Oct 01 2012

Stonehenge builders had geometry skills to rival Pythagoras


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The Independent has just carried a fascinating article about the geometrical skills of the Stonehenge builders. David Keys, their Archaeology Correspondent writes:

Stone Age Britons had a sophisticated knowledge of geometry to rival Pythagoras – 2,000 years before the Greek “father of numbers” was born, according to a new study of Stonehenge.

Five years of detailed research, carried out by the Oxford University landscape archaeologist Anthony Johnson, claims that Stonehenge was designed and built using advanced geometry.

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Originally posted 2008-05-28 07:33:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Mar 05 2012

Stonehenge inspired by sounds from the otherworld ?


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Jonathan Amos Science  correspondent, BBC News, Vancouver reports:

Music could have been an inspiration for the design of Stonehenge, according to an American researcher.

Steven Waller’s intriguing idea is that ancient Britons could have based the layout of the great monument, in part, on the way they perceived sound.

He has been able to show how two flutes played in a field can produce an  auditory illusion that mimics in space the position of the henge’s pillars.

Mr Waller presented the idea at the AAAS meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

He told the BBC:

 “My theory is that the ancient Britons, when they were hearing two pipers in a field, were experiencing sound wave interference
patterns, where in certain locations as you walked around the pair of pipers, you would hear loud or quiet zones.

“If you could look at it from an overhead view, it would look like the spokes of a wheel. And, as you walk around the circle, every time you come to one of
these sound-wave cancellation points, it feels like there is this massive  invisible object in front of you.

“Put all this ‘vision in your mind’ together and it forms a Stonehenge-like structure.”

‘Supernatural explanations’

The La Mesa, California-based researcher said he had demonstrated the auditory henge effect using blindfolded subjects.

Artwork depicting wave interference
The phenomenon of interference leads to amplified and silenced regions

He took these people into a field where two pipers were playing and afterwards asked them to draw diagrams of the soundscape they had experienced.

“These people were not told anything about interference patterns or Stonehenge; they were completely naive subjects,” he recalled.

“And it was very interesting when they took the blindfolds off, and after having described the presence of large structures to then discover nothing was there in the field except these two flutes – they were flabbergasted.”

To read more on this fascinating subject and to hear audio about Steven’s experiment and how an ancient flute may have sounded visit BBC.News

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Jan 23 2012

Build your own Stonehenge

Gadget Champ has found this great item from Think Geek. Fancy a Stonehenge on your desktop?

In the year 10,000BC, aliens from Uranus landed on Earth. They didn’t find anyone cool to talk to, so they just added graffiti to the countryside and left. That graffiti is Stonehenge. Since that time, druids and scientists have tried to provide meaning to the awe inspiring stones, but have never riddled out the true message. We have. How? We can’t tell you. What does Stonehenge really say? That, we can tell you. It says… “WTF?” in Uranean.

This kit will help you spread the joys of an extraterrestrial WTF? to your home or office. The largest stone is about 1.5″ tall, so that the entire structure can neatly surround your coffee mug. But how will I know which stones go where?, you ask. Simple, we reply with a smile, there is a puzzle/map/Stonehenge base which is included. All the stones are numbered, so it’s real easy to assemble properly. You also get a little book with tons of information on what scientists think Stonehenge was all about – but know you’ll know the truth.

The Set includes: 16 stone replicas, puzzle map/base, and 1 Mini Book. Perfect for Spinal Tap dioramas, too.

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Oct 30 2011

Stonehenge, Woodhenge and now.. Bluehenge?

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On the 3rd October, the Daily Mail reported that archaeologists have discovered Stonehenge’s little sister – just a mile from the famous monument. The prehistoric circle, unearthed in secret over the summer, is one of the most important prehistoric finds in decades. Researchers have called it ‘Bluehenge’ after the colour of the 27 giant Welsh stones it once incorporated – but are now missing.

The find is already challenging conventional wisdom about how Stonehenge was built – and what it was used for.

Bluehenge was put up 5,000 years ago – around the same time as work began on Stonehenge – and appears to have been a miniature version of it.

The two circles stood together for hundreds of years before Bluehenge was dismantled. Researchers believe its stones were used to enlarge Stonehenge during one of a number of redevelopments.

Professor Tim Darvill, Stonehenge expert at Bournemouth University, said:

This adds to the richness of the story of Stonehenge.

We thought we knew it all, but over the last few years we have discovered that something as familiar as Stonehenge is still a challenge to explore and understand. It wouldn’t surprise me if there weren’t more circles.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1217752/Henge-stones-Unearthed-site-monuments-little-sister.html#ixzz0TH2pbtTj

Originally posted 2009-10-07 17:58:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Sep 12 2011

Ancient Celts had knowledge of Acoustics at Stonehenge


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BBC’s Radio 4 is currently playing a documentary about the archaeo-acoustics of Stonehenge. Sadly, the BBC do not allow their recording to be played within the US but for UK listeners this is a fascinating programme and demonstrates how the stones have their own resonant frequency. They attempt to reconstruct a ritual that may have occurred 4,000 years ago. As the drum moves amongst the stones the resonance fades in and out producing an eerie sound, that Ruthie likened to a babies’ heartbeat when observed by an Ultra-sound scan. Incredible!

Hearing the Past

Visitors to Stonehenge in Wiltshire rarely experience the historic site without the rumble of traffic noise from the nearby A303. But UK researchers have managed to recreate the sound of a ritual there, as heard by our ancestors 4,000 years ago.

The research – which starts in an echo-free recording chamber and uses latest computer modelling techniques – has also been used to recreate the acoustics of Coventry Cathedral before it was destroyed in World War II.

The same work is also being used to design better buildings of the future – with the acoustics of Stonehenge for instance, helping to inspire modern concert venues. It is also influencing the way museums use sound to give visitors a sense of history, such as the hustle and bustle of railway stations during the age of steam.

For BBC Radio 4, Prof Jim Al-Khalili went to investigate the sounds of the past. The good news is that the programme should be on the BBC’s Documentary of the Week podcast which you should find on Friday on the Podcast page here.

Hearing the Past can be heard on BBC Radio 4 at 1102 BST on Monday 12 September, and on BBC iPlayer.

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Sep 08 2011

Tomb Found At Stonehenge Bluestone Quarry Site


The Carn Menyn site in the Preseli Hills 
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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 bluestones at the earliest phase of Stonehenge – also set in pairs – give a direct architectural link from the iconic site to this newly discovered henge-like monument in Wales.

Site in Wales of Neolithic tomb
The central site had already been disturbed so archaeologists chose to excavate around the edges

The tomb, which is a passage cairn – a style typical of Neolithic burial monument – was placed over this henge.

The link between the Welsh site and Stonehenge was first suggested by the geologist Herbert Thomas in 1923.

This was confirmed in 2008 when permission was granted to excavate inside the stone circle for the first time in about 50 years.

The bluestones were transported from the hills over 150 miles (240km) to the plain in Wiltshire to create Stonehenge, the best known of all Britain’s prehistoric monuments.

Two of the leading experts on Stonehenge, Prof Geoff Wainwright and Prof Timothy Darvill, have been leading the project at Carn Menyn.

They are now excavating at the site of a robbed-out Neolithic tomb, built right next to the original quarry.

They knew that the tomb had been disturbed previously, so rather than excavate inside, they placed their small trench along its outer edge.

Prof Darvill said:

“It’s a little piece of keyhole surgery into an important monument, but it has actually lived up to our expectations perfectly.”

The area has many springs, which may have been associated with ritual healing in prehistoric times – and their existence may be the reason why these particular stones were quarried for another monument so far away.

Prof Wainwright said:

“The important thing is that we have a ceremonial monument here that is earlier than the passage grave.

“We have obviously got a very important person who may have been responsible for the impetus for these stones to be transported.

“It can be compared directly with the first Stonehenge, so for the first time we have a direct link between Carn Menyn – where the bluestones came from – and Stonehenge, in the form of this ceremonial monument.”

A new series of BBC Two’s Digging for Britain begins at 21:00 on Friday, 9 September.

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Aug 29 2011

King Arthur Pendragon loses human remains legal battle


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On the 23rd of August 2011 the BBC reportedthat King Arthur Pendragon went to the High Court in a Battle to have the Bones found at Stonehenge in 2008 to be reburied. They have been in the hands of the scientists for three years now, and Arthur was arguing that the Bones of the Guardians and our ancestors need to be rest. He said:

“Let those we lay to rest, stay to rest!

The article said:-

Self-styled druid King Arthur Pendragon wanted the remains found in 2008 to be reburied immediately.

He was fighting a Ministry of Justice decision allowing scientists at Sheffield University to analyse the samples for five more years.

His bid was rejected at a High Court hearing.

Former soldier Mr Pendragon, 57, who represented himself at the hearing, has vowed to continue his fight to have the remains reburied.

He told the judge that he did not believe the bones would ever be returned. The Ministry of Justice denied his allegation.

Talking prior to the hearing, Mr Pendragon said:

“If we don’t get them to, force them to, put them back, they’re going to end up in Salisbury museum.

“I know that for a fact, and I’m not prepared to stand around and wait for them to come up with other excuses.”

 

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Jun 19 2011

Acoustic Study At Stonehenge

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Stonehenge was built as a dance arena for prehistoric “samba-style” raves, according to a study of the acoustics of the 5,000-year-old stone circle.

Using cutting-edge technology, Rupert Till, an expert in acoustics and music technology at Huddersfield University in northern England, discovered that Stonehenge’s megaliths reflect sound perfectly, making the stone circle an ideal setting for listening to repetitive trance rhythms.

Till and colleague Bruno Fazenda first carried out mathematical analysis of the archaeological site to make predictions of its acoustic effects. Their aim was to look at Stonehenge as it was thousands of years ago, rather than limit their work to the remaining acoustic properties of the semi-collapsed site.

“We visited a full-size concrete replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill in Washington state. The model was built as a war memorial and has all original stones intact, so it was possible to carry out some acoustic tests,

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Originally posted 2009-02-15 10:38:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Apr 15 2011

What’s happening with Stonehenge road closure?

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Six months ago, the BBC reported that the A344, the road running alongside the stones of Stonehenge, could be closed down. The decision should be made at the end of this year. Has anyone heard what is going to happen yet?

The original BBC article said:

A road which runs alongside Stonehenge could be closed under proposals drawn up to protect the site’s future. Shutting the A344 where it runs next to the stones, in Wiltshire, is one of the plans being considered to protect the landmark’s World Heritage Site status.

It comes after a £540m tunnel scheme for a 1.3mile (2.1km) section of the A303 was scrapped due to high costs. A decision on the proposed closure will be made by the end of the year following a three-month consultation.

People are also being asked to have their say on whether the Stonehenge visitor centre should be redeveloped or moved. Four possible new sites have been suggested.

Government and English Heritage

The Government and English Heritage, which have drawn up the proposals, believe closing the A344 at its junction with the A303 would allow the site to return to grassland, improving the environment around Stonehenge.

Lord Bruce-Lockhart, chairman of English Heritage, said:

Stonehenge is the greatest achievement of prehistoric culture anywhere in Europe.

It is inconceivable that the inadequacies of the site should be allowed to continue any longer.

With political will and financial commitment I believe the Government can achieve a breakthrough this time.

Margaret Hodge, culture minister, said:

Stonehenge is one of the UK’s most recognisable landmarks and it’s important that we preserve it so that future generations can enjoy its mystery.

Ms Hodge added that the consultation would give

everyone the opportunity to have their say about the future of one of the world’s most important sites.

It is also hoped that an improved visitor centre will be in place by 2012.

Exhibitions of the plans will be on show throughout July at sites in Wiltshire and London.

The original article can be found on the BBC website.

 

Originally posted 2009-12-15 08:33:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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