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Video: Secrets of Stonehenge


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JL
- 643 days ago - pbs.org
Each year, a million visitors are drawn to gaze upon the famous circle of stones, but the monument's meaning has continued to elude us. Now, new archeological finds shed light on one of the most mysterious monuments of the ancient world.



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Kit B. (276)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 5:37 pm

Recently, I saw a presentation of the most recent archeological dig at Stone Henge on the Smithsonian Channel. It was an excellent show, presenting more facts than we had known about this the last giant stone monument, before the bronze age. It was a burial site, more important it might have been used as a site for healing. The huge amount of human effort to build this makes it one of the most fascinating of the stone monuments, right up there with the Pyramids.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 5:45 pm
Thanks Kit--much to learn about that is worth the time for sure!
 

John B. (215)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:42 pm
Thanks J.L. for the link to the video presentation of the Nova program. I have bookmarked the site and will definitely be watching it later. Noted
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 9:02 pm
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Michael Kirkby (85)
Monday December 17, 2012, 6:40 am
Actually there are many henges around the northern hemisphere. There is much speculation as to who built them. I do think the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx were built between 10,500 and 8,500 B.C. Wouldn't it be great if we had archaeological data on the civilization prior to the Great Flood?
 

Bob P. (427)
Monday December 17, 2012, 8:23 am
thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Monday December 17, 2012, 8:33 am
It sure would be great Michael! You are welcome Bob.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday December 17, 2012, 7:04 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

JL A. (275)
Monday December 17, 2012, 7:13 pm
You are welcome Kerrie.
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 9:07 am
Thanks J L. I would like to know more about Stonehenge. Went there many years ago. I'd also like to know how archaeologists interpret the many similar stone structures and whether there was some widespread culture that made them in different places. There were wood henges too.
 

Fred Hoekstra (6467)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 2:12 pm
Thank you for Sharing this Excellent Information!
 

Paul carter block (28)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 3:34 pm
Arguments rage over the purpose of Stonehenge. Was it a temple, a monument to a noble dynasty, an astronomical computer, a site for healing? In its long history (its origins go back to 8000 BCE), it may have been all of these things and more. For certain, its fame was widespread. At nearby Amesbury village, the grave of an archer was found that dated from 2300 BCE. This wealthy individual had suffered long with an infected knee injury and had made his way to the Henge from Switzerland. Perhaps at that period the site had become this man's last hope for a cure. Mike Parker Pearson's recent work ties the Henge in with the much larger structure at Durrington Walls, suggesting that the two places represented death and life respectively. And, just to be confusing, Stonehenge is not actually a "henge". Go to Avebury to see one of those and have your mind scrambled by the scale of the feat these people performed 6000 years ago...all without the wheel. Seek a tender from a modern civil engineer to replicate Avebury, but insist that he uses no machinery and has no roads to travel down through a landscape of forest and bog, and he will say it's impossible. In case anyone asks, no aliens were harmed (or involved!) in the building of these wonders. It was us: ordinary people with extraordinary vision, talent and commitment.
 

Paul carter block (28)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 4:01 pm
To Michael Kirkby: There was a theory that the apparent water erosion on the Sphinx dated from an epoch when Egypt was much wetter than during the pharaonic era but the markings now seem to be the result of wind-blown sand. The statue does appear to have been re-sculpted at some time to show the face of Khafre (the son of Khufu and the builder of the second-highest Giza pyramid) and may have originally been a lion in head as well as in body. The Great Pyramid complex was begun around 2500 BCE so was contemporary with the bluestone period at Stonehenge. The structures would have presented an awesome spectacle in their original polished white limestone cladding - this was robbed out to build Cairo centuries ago and left the scruffy stepped sandstone we see today. The sizes and relative positions of the three largest pyramids almost certainly represent the three stars of the Belt in the constellation of Orion. Such parallels are numerous around the northern hemisphere: Thornborough Henges in the north of England is a good example.
If, by the Great Flood, you mean the one that Noah rode out, there are other references in ancient literature. Deucalion survived one for the ancient Greeks and a flood is mentioned in the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh. In my opinion, these are all folk memories of the flooding (and creation) of the Black Sea. Now that was an event worthy of a Michael Bay blockbuster. If you're reading this, Mike, I'll settle for 5% of the gross.
 

Vera Taylor (46)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 4:53 pm
all i get is vidio not availa le. why bother posting something if it doesnt work.
 

june t. (65)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 10:29 pm
thanks for the post, always interesting topic
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 12:43 am
Very interesting. Thank you!
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 11:10 am
You are welcome Fred, june and Robert. Others had no problem Vera, do you have a compatible video viewing software on your computer?
Thanks ever so much Paul for all the detailed additional and relevant information for all of us to learn more!
 

SusanAWAYaWEEK Allen (221)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 7:13 pm
Fascinating. Thanks.
 

Dave C. (214)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 4:59 am
thanks, I will have to come back and watch more of it later......
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 8:49 am
You are welcome Dave--enjoy!
 

Tanya W. (51)
Friday December 21, 2012, 5:06 am
Cool stuff, cheers.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 8:20 pm
Cool, thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 8:22 pm
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