September 23, 2008

Stonehenge Built 300 Years Later Than Believed

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*Archaeologists have pinpointed the construction of Stonehenge to 2300BC - 300 years later than thought. During a major excavation inside the henge in April - the first for four decades - professors Tim Darvill and Geoff Wainwright carbon-dated the ring's original bluestones, taken 150 miles from west Wales to Salisbury Plain, where they stand today. They also found fragments of stone which, they argue, could have been used as lucky charms - supporting a theory that it was a prehistoric healing centre for sick and injured pilgrims, like Lourdes. About half of the corpses found in tombs nearby were "not native to the Stonehenge area". Others have argued that the monument was a shrine to worship ancestors, or a calendar created to mark the solstices.

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