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Stonehenge: A New Theory for An Ancient Site


Society & Culture  (tags: Stonehenge, UK, Salisbury Plain, England, excavation, research )

RC
- 2253 days ago - online.wsj.com
Great story in, of all places, the Wall Street Journal. After conducting the first excavation inside the ring in 40 years, Professors Tim Darvill & Geoffey Wainwright constructed a new theory re the purpose of Stonehenge. Read the piece to learn more.



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RC deWinter (418)
Monday September 22, 2008, 3:36 pm
The study the profs conducted showed that small chips of the bluestone sarsens, which were quarried from the Preseli Mountains in Wales, were carried off-site from Stonehenge through the Middle Ages and beyond in connection with people's beliefs about the site. They also reported that there are people in Wales who hold these beliefs sacred to this day.
 

Joycey B. (750)
Monday September 22, 2008, 3:36 pm
Thanks for this informative article Cate.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 22, 2008, 3:57 pm
GREAT I LOVE TOO READ ABOUT STONEHENGE I HAVE SOME ON MY OTHER SITE I GO TOO THANKS REGINA
 

kat yazzie (400)
Monday September 22, 2008, 4:13 pm
Stonehenge is very cool! Thank you, Cate!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 22, 2008, 4:18 pm
TY noted, there have been many TV episodes and theories surrounding this site which I frequented yrs ago whilst living in England. Quite the experience it was also.
 

Scott Shaubel (816)
Monday September 22, 2008, 4:50 pm

.. one of these days everyone will know what Stonehenge was(is)

and it is not anything like this latest load of bull.
 

. (0)
Monday September 22, 2008, 5:16 pm
i like stonehenge
 

David Gould (155)
Monday September 22, 2008, 5:20 pm
Oh dear by the time I submit this my comment on another story will either still be here of have vannished into the great pit that is the New Care2.

Every few years there are new theories about what Stone Henge means and what it was used for. It seems that it was linked by avenues of stones and timber lines to other henges in the area including one down on a riverside...so water does seem to be linked to the site. But was it a sun or lunar callendar? Was it used to trace the stars? Or was it an early hospital as these current pair are suggesting...it was also linked to the stone circle at Avebury whose stones sing in certain lights so it is said... know that the deepest iron age well was found there at over four hundred foot deep through the chalk...some feat and again a water link.

My poor old book shelves groan under the weight of tomes about the uses or possible uses of these cirlcles...and how on the Orkney isles toy can see two stone circles within sight of each other with one aligned to the phases of the sun and one to the six year cycle of the moon (including the stand-still phase evry sixty years)

I wonder if future generations will wonder what the purpose of the remains of a great statue that stood in an American harbour was?
 

Faith M. (167)
Monday September 22, 2008, 5:44 pm
well we do know that stonhenge sits on a major planatary energy junction-legends have it that the pillars during Atlantian times held crystals long ago removed by thieves Now I do not know if any of the legend is true but the sun and moon were/is assigned healing energy properties that would be condusive to helping the body heal and to be carried to a sacred place for healing and burial would have been the desired thing.there is nothing more sacred in ancient cultures than the Earth energies and the celestial energies so this would have been a perfect spot for healing. So it makes perfect sence to me
 

Faith M. (167)
Monday September 22, 2008, 5:45 pm
Thanx much for the article
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 22, 2008, 6:03 pm
Thanks for this .i love to read about this..K
 

Warren Motter (1055)
Monday September 22, 2008, 7:22 pm
Cool info.
 

Kathy W. (299)
Monday September 22, 2008, 7:45 pm
Great read. Thanks Cate.
 

Susan H. (199)
Monday September 22, 2008, 8:45 pm
Great information,Cate.Thanks,So much.
 

William V. SAFARIK JR. (4)
Monday September 22, 2008, 10:14 pm
Thanks for the interesting read, Cate...
 

Janet Wintle (87)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 12:29 am
As I was born in this part of the world, I visited this sight often. Yes it is a very fascinating sight. The powers that enter the stone, are of a magnetic nature, and healing, can be got, from these stones. The blue stones are also used in the construction of the Great Pyramid. They are necessary for the generation of power, that comes down from the Sun, its magnetics, gets drawn from the Suns rays, And communications was set up and used with Stars systems out in the vast Universe. Thank you Lord for your Wisdom Amen Janet
 

CHRISTIAN RYAN (11)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 12:58 am
Thanks cate you cant miss an Irishman like me I am Christian Patrick Ryan my dads parents came over from County Mayo. I have seen the beautiful stonehenge rock and felt very mystical there chris
 

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 2:58 am
Thanks Cate. Very informative
 

Lynn Christy (128)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 3:43 am
david, you present some very interesting insight... most of what the article implies is supposition... how can we truly know what was actually done there, or for what purpose so many hundreds of years ago... thanks cate, for another thought-provoking read...:)
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 4:23 am
Thanks for the information.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 4:34 am
I visit Stonehenge once a year. It is indeed a magical place. As for the multitude of theories put forward as to its purpose, they are all only theories, not proof. Some things are unknowable, their secrets will never be unlocked, Stonehenge is one such secret. On another tack I feel the digging up and carting off to museums the remains of people laid to rest thousands of years ago at this site and most other similar sites is utterly disgraceful,it is graverobbing, they should be left where they were laid.
 

Blacktiger P. (247)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 5:13 am
I agree Ronald, I guess that is why I have already paid for my post demise bill. That way I control what happens to my bones.
 

Katie S. (75)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 5:17 am
Thanks for the article Cate, it's an interesting idea.
Stone Henge is a really peaceful place to visit. I have some lovely photos in my Care2 album titled 'Places', feel free to check it out: http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view/163/807244901/Places/page2
 

. (0)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 7:13 am
I believe it was a place of healing, celebration of the seasons, and connecting with the Ancients....
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 9:03 am
Noted, thanks Cate. I have heard that it was orginally used as a place for healing? This may or may not be true. But it has also been recorded that Jesus Christ also walked through Stonehenge, but the date and time are not clear when he allegedly vistited Stonehenge.
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 9:04 am
In my story, "The Scribe," which I am illustrating, Stonehenge is a musical instrument. It is played at the quarter annuals to energize the planet.

"The Scribe" is a tongue-in-cheek diary of an alien, which describes and confirms that aliens are us. This article that it is made of healing stones is lovely.
 

Barry Seth (118)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 9:50 am

Very Very Cool. Thanks Cate
 

Christine A. (57)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 11:08 am
Fascinating article. Thanks Cate! Visited Stonehenge a few years ago and I too was blown away by the awesome magnificence of these ancient stones and the mystical feeling that they evoked. I remember seeing the outline of a dagger carved into one of the stones, quite high up, but it was suggested that it was a relatively recent carving.

A couple of years ago I read an article about the discovery of a grave of a man who was not from England, but had come from some other country. From the findings of the archaeologists it was theorized that this man was responsible for the supervision of some part of the construction (or renovation) of Stonehenge. There was also a younger male buried close to him. It was determined that they had been related, because of a rare abnormality in one of the toes of a foot. -- Perhaps someone else remembers this article?

Stonehenge has interested me all my life and I personally think that it could have been used for any or all of the suggestions. Over thousands of years, subsequent generations could have found various uses. An example of this is how we presently celebrate Christmas. How very far we have come in customs from the original reason for this celebration!
 

Tj Harris (2)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 1:42 pm
Thanks Cate, A beautiful place indeed, even more so at Sunrise, Magical & mystical, just driving past as I have done many times in my years on the road, it has all the hairs on my neck standing on end, the feelings I have had on the three occasions I have walked around and through and touched the stones I just can't describe....
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 3:55 pm
Fascinating, Thank you, Cate!
 

Denice G. (45)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 11:25 pm
In Washington State we have a replica of Stonehenge honoring WW1 soldiers from WA that were killed in action. It is a beautiful place. Some day it would be wonderful to visit the real Stonehenge. Thanks for the interesting info.
 

Dometria Lanauze (6)
Tuesday September 23, 2008, 11:33 pm
Kudos to you Regina for this article.

Stonehenge was designed for Healing of the Earth as well as Mankind. It's reputation was known throughout the ancient world as it had been erected over interesectting ley lines of magnetic energy when charged by the Soltices, emitted such a charge which radiated up through one's being.

It is much older than most archeologists are permitted to acknowledge and was fashioned by god-like beings from the early days of Atlantis, who understood and used the principles of anti-gravitational force through the power of Musical frequencies, in the moving and erection of the Stones and in a very short span of time.
The purpose of Stonehenge was multiple and also served as a Stargate, connecting other dimensions and Star systems. It is a great Balancer for England and has always been deemed a Sacred spot, long before the Druids took it over for their ceremonial use
I was there in 1972 and walking through in bare feet, I felt the Power radiating up through my body. I heard sounds of times past and felt great Peace. Peace in Our Quest for Truth and protection for our Sacred sites
 

Nikolas K. (94)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 12:33 am
when science wakes up that they go hand in hand with spirituality will they learn the true purpose of Stonehenge, till then they will trot out numerous theorys that pacify the people who pay for the research and keep the archaeologists in a job.
 

Debbi Pilkington (98)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:42 am
I have have been lucky enough to touch, sit and walk among the stones back in the 60's before it was all fenced off - a very magical feeling it was too for me as a child, I remember it very vividly! Thanks Cate interesting bit of info x
 

Scott Shaubel (816)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:42 am

Thanks Dometria,
The purpose of Stonehenge was multiple and also served as a Stargate, connecting other dimensions and Star systems.
The stargates are all over, and they work.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 6:06 am
i was reading on stonehenege in smithsonian yesterday great stuff oct issue
 

Yvonne White (232)
Thursday September 25, 2008, 10:37 am
Places like Stonehenge were made for multi-tasking! They provided the state-of-the-art calendar/religious mecca/industrial innovations, etc. Of course Medicine would enter into the equation! The usefulness, or lack of it, would determine when it needed re-structuring, adding to or taking away from the site. I can imagine a massive gathering that might introduce virilant desease might dampen it's appeal for a very long time & I wonder if that is what happened to it?
 

ROBIN M. (312)
Friday September 26, 2008, 8:54 am
I LIKE STONEHENGE IT IS AMAZING HOW THEY COULD HAVE BUILT IT WHEN EVER THEY DID WITH OUT THE HELP OF MACHINES TO DO THE HEAVY LIFTING JUST LIKE THE PYRAMIDS AMAZING.
 

Rob S. (112)
Friday September 26, 2008, 8:31 pm
Thanks Cate,i love this.
 
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