Friday, September 5, 2014

What Lies Beneath Stonehenge

The huge bluestones each weigh between four and eight tons  and were brought to the site from North Wales, 170 miles away.  Photo Courtesy of Henrik Knudsen, English Heritage, and Smithsonian.com.
The huge bluestones each weigh between four and eight tons
and were brought to the site from North Wales, 170 miles away.
Photo Courtesy of Henrik Knudsen, English Heritage, and Smithsonian.com.
September 2014.
Smithsonian Magazine has published a thought-provoking article about new discoveries around Stonehenge, a famous UNESCO World Heritage site in England. Recent research has focused on placing Stonehenge within its landscape using new magnetic, radar, and geophysical data.

"Gaffney’s latest research effort, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, is a four-year collaboration between a British team and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Austria that has produced the first detailed underground survey of the area surrounding Stonehenge, totaling more than four square miles. The results are astonishing. The researchers have found buried evidence of more than 15 previously unknown or poorly understood late Neolithic monuments: henges, barrows, segmented ditches, pits. To Gaffney, these findings suggest a scale of activity around Stonehenge far beyond what was previously suspected."

To read the full article, click here.

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