New dig underway at Stonehenge


This looks like it will be bringing some interesting news in a few months or so…

From the AP:

“LONDON – Some of England’s most sacred soil was disturbed Monday for the first time in more than four decades as archaeologists worked to solve the enduring riddle of Stonehenge: When and why was the prehistoric monument built?

The excavation project, set to last until April 11, is designed to unearth materials that can be used to establish a firm date for when the first mysterious set of bluestones was put in place at Stonehenge, one of Britain’s best known and least understood landmarks.

The World Heritage site, a favorite with visitors the world over, has become popular with Druids, neo-Pagans and New Agers who attach mystical significance to the strangely shaped circle of stones, but there remains great debate about the actual purpose of the structure.

The dig will be led by Timothy Darvill, a leading Stonehenge scholar from Bournemouth University, and Geoffrey Wainwright, president of the Society of Antiquaries. Both experts have worked to pinpoint the site in the Preseli Mountains in south Wales where the bluestones – the earliest of the large rocks erected at the site – came from. They will be able to compare the samples found in Wales to those at Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain.

‘The excavation will date the arrival of the bluestones following their 153-mile journey from Preseli to Salisbury Plain and contribute to our definition of the society which undertook such an ambitious project,’ Wainright said. ‘We will be able to say not only why, but when the first stone monument was built.'”

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  1. theory on why stonehedge was built prior to it being a crematorium its engineering suggests a much more pratical use one of which history can answer. reading avidly on the lifestyle of the cities around the medateranean and other european countries of 4000 yrs animals was an important part of everyones life quite a few frescos even portray farm animals so when i gaze at stonehedge its not improbable to think that it may have been a windmill for grinding corn into cornmeal to supply all the cities of the trade routes

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