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

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    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)
    much more, with pictures galore, at the link above
     
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    awesome! Thanks Wfgodot.

     
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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.
     
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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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    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/abstracts/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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    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. :floorlaugh:
     
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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
    much more at the link
     

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