Friday, December 18, 2015

In the News: Stonehenge May Have Been Built Somewhere Else First, Then Moved

We find history, England, ancient cultures and the paranormal all fascinating, and Stonehenge brings all of those things together. Recently the Huffington Post published an article that we thought we'd share with you about Stonehenge.
  We went to a similarly historic place in Ireland, north of Dublin, where the oldest structure still in existence stands (it is a chamber under a man-made mound of earth) -  and archaeologists believe that the rocks used to make that structure were  transported over a hundred years' time, like those in Stonehenge. 

Stonehenge May Have Been Built Somewhere Else First, Then Moved
by Ed Mazza, Huffington Post 12/8/15 

   Stonehenge may not look very portable, but scientists say part of the massive ancient monument may have been first built somewhere else before being moved hundreds of years later.
The new finding, published on Monday in the journal Antiquity, traces the bluestones -- or the smaller stones used at the 5,000-year-old monument -- to two quarries in Wales.
   But while the mystery of where the stones came from may have been solved, a new one has just emerged: Those stones were pulled from the quarries some five centuries before Stonehenge itself was built in what is now Wiltshire, 140 miles away.
    "It could have taken those Neolithic stone-draggers nearly 500 years to get them to Stonehenge, but that’s pretty improbable in my view," Professor Mike Parker Pearson of UCL Institute of Archaeology and director the research team behind the study said in a news release. "It's more likely that the stones were first used in a local monument, somewhere near the quarries, that was then dismantled and dragged off to Wiltshire."
Stonehenge's large "sarsen" standing stones, which weigh about 25 tons each, are from a quarry relatively close to the the monument. Researchers have long believed the smaller two-ton bluestones came from the Preseli Hills in Wales, but the team of geologists and archaeologists behind the new study says they've found the exact locations in Carn Goedog and Craig Rhos-y-felin.
Credit: Adam Stanford/Aerial-Cam Ltd

An excavation at Craig Rhos-y-felin in Wales, believed to be the source of some of the bluestones used in Stonehenge.
The research team uncovered an ancient "loading bay" from which the stones were pulled as well as the remains of burnt hazelnuts and charcoal from the quarry workers' campfires.
Radiocarbon dating on the hazelnuts and charcoal puts the Craig Rhos-y-felin quarry at 3400 BC and Carn Goedog at 3200 BC. Work on Stonehenge is believed to have begun in 2900 BC.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
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Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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