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    Stonehenge. Old & Busted: observatory; New Hotness: party site and burial grounds

    Communal feasting and also laboring: "Something of a Glastonbury festival and motorway building scheme at the same time."

    Was Stonehenge an ancient burial ground? Scientists discover bone fragments from 63 bodies at historic monument (Sunday Mail)
    The world's most famous prehistoric monument may have begun life earlier than thought as a giant burial ground, new research has found.

    Archaeologists revealed today that more than 50,000 cremated bone fragments, of 63 individuals buried at Stonehenge have been excavated.

    The study has also found when Stonehenge was built it was the 'Glastonbury of its time' with ancient people flocking from across Britain in their thousands to celebrate the winter solstice.
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    The findings overturn the belief that Stonehenge was built as an astronomical calendar or observatory, Professor Mike Parker Pearson from University College London said.

    Dating the bones has pushed back the date of the earliest stone circle at the site from 2500BC to 3000BC. Prof Pearson now believes the earliest burials long predate the monument in its current form.
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    The findings suggest the act of building monuments was key to those who constructed the site, uniting people from across the island of Britain.
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    The most startling discovery was the scale of the settlement at nearby Durrington Walls, which Prof Parker Pearson described as the 'largest Neolithic settlement in the whole of northern Europe', which would have had about 1,000 houses.

    This has led the team to conclude 4,000 people would have gathered at the site - a huge number given that Britain's population is estimated to have been only tens of thousands at the time.
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    much more, with pictures galore, at the link above

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    awesome! Thanks Wfgodot.

    The most startling discovery was the scale of the settlement at nearby Durrington Walls, which Prof Parker Pearson described as the 'largest Neolithic settlement in the whole of northern Europe', which would have had about 1,000 houses.
    This has led the team, whose findings are being revealed in a Channel 4 documentary, to conclude 4,000 people would have gathered at the site - a huge number given that Britain's population is estimated to have been only tens of thousands at the time.
    By testing cattle and pig teeth found among 80,000 animal bones at Durrington Walls, Prof Parker Pearson and his team discovered people travelled with their livestock from as far away as the Scottish Highlands to Stonehenge.


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    Some people think Stonehenge is more like 10,000 years old.

    However old or whatever it is...it is an amazing monument.
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    I was watching a show the other day that makes the claim that the USA has it's own Stonehenge which was a surprise to me.

    http://www.stonehengeusa.com/

    It is a commercial site now, run privately by a family.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    America's ancient monuments are its mounds. (Wiki link)

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    And Cahokia Mound in Illinois near St. Louis.

    http://www.cahokiamounds.org/explore/

    One of the greatest cities of the world, Cahokia was larger than London was in AD 1250. The Mississippians who lived here were accomplished builders who erected a wide variety of structures from practical homes for everyday living to monumental public works that have maintained their grandeur for centuries.
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    FEMA's link for Emergency Supplies list below or what you need to survive for three days in case help is not immediately available to you.
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    You can also purchase a weather radio which will inform you of severe weather even if your electricity goes out. Runs on batteries of course.

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    Catal huyuk in Turkey really blows my mind. Maybe the oldest city in the world. And it had a considerable population and entered their homes through the roof and down a ladder.

    http://www.catalhoyuk.com/history.html


    Also Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. First built 12,000 years ago.

    http://archive.archaeology.org/0811/...ts/turkey.html

    At first glance, the fox on the surface of the limestone pillar appears to be a trick of the bright sunlight. But as I move closer to the large, T-shaped megalith, I find it is carved with an improbable menagerie. A bull and a crane join the fox in an animal parade etched across the surface of the pillar, one of dozens erected by early Neolithic people at Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey. The press here is fond of calling the site "the Turkish Stonehenge," but the comparison hardly does justice to this 25-acre arrangement of at least seven stone circles. The first structures at Göbekli Tepe were built as early as 10,000 B.C., predating their famous British counterpart by about 7,000 years.
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    Tor:Con Index link below. Will show you the probability of a tornado happening in your area.
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    FEMA's link for Emergency Supplies list below or what you need to survive for three days in case help is not immediately available to you.
    http://www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

    You can also purchase a weather radio which will inform you of severe weather even if your electricity goes out. Runs on batteries of course.

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    Grew up near a town called Mound Valley, with the Bender Mounds a short distance from me.

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    Couldn't truly be a Stonehenge thread without the classic scene from This Is Spinal Tap:
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg5Ovdu6bOE"]Spinal Tap - Stonehenge, funniest clip ever. - YouTube[/ame]

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    Love it wfgodot! Good old funny movie. Parody of the 80's bands.

    First time Stonehenge was in danger of being crushed to death by a dwarf.
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    Tor:Con Index link below. Will show you the probability of a tornado happening in your area.
    http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index

    FEMA's link for Emergency Supplies list below or what you need to survive for three days in case help is not immediately available to you.
    http://www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

    You can also purchase a weather radio which will inform you of severe weather even if your electricity goes out. Runs on batteries of course.


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    Guardian chimes in:

    Stonehenge remains a mystery as scientists ask: was it a health spa, or a cemetery?
    Archaeologists back conflicting theories on Britain's greatest prehistoric monument
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    The notion – that Stonehenge is essentially a large funerary temple created between 3000 and 2500BC – does not find favour with every scientist, however. Indeed, the other main group of UK researchers investigating the site – archaeologists led by Professor Tim Darvill of Bournemouth University – believe the place was an ancient Lourdes. The sick and wounded would come here for cures from the monument's great bluestones, which had been dragged from Wales to Wiltshire because of their magical healing properties. "This was a place for the living," Darvill said.

    Such divergence of views would seem to suggest we are as far from understanding the purpose of Stonehenge as we have ever been. English Heritage historian Susan Greaney counselled caution, however. We should not place too much emphasis on our ignorance about the monument, she said. "We know who built it and when they built it and have a good idea how they built it. It is only its ultimate purpose that still remains unresolved," she said.
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