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2009-10-04 22:24:41

The area around Stonehenge, a 5,000-year-old monument in England, will be given a facelift and freed from unsightly surrounding traffic, officials said. A 1.3-mile length of highway A344 that currently comes to within a few hundred yards of the ancient wonder will be closed and grassed over, and a parking lot and visitors' center will be built a mile and a half to the west, with shuttle buses taking tourists to the monument, the Sunday Times of London reported. The Department for Culture,...

2009-08-25 08:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the cult classic film, "This is Spinal Tap," Shorts International and INgrooves today have released Spinal Tap's new short film, "Stonehenge: 'Tis A Magic Place." The film is available to download exclusively from iTunes starting today for $1.99. The seven minute short marks iTunes' first original film, where Spinal Tap, having put Stonehenge on the map in their legendary song about the world heritage site,...

2009-08-13 14:44:25

Archaeologists say the oldest timber structure found yet in the London area was discovered during the excavation of a peat bog near Belmarsh Prison. Scientists from University College London's Institute of Archaeology said radiocarbon dating showed the timber platform, or trackway, to be nearly 6,000 years old, predating Stonehenge by more than 500 years. Archaeologists said the structure consisted of a timber platform found at a depth of about 14 feet near an ancient river channel. Officials...

2009-08-13 14:59:02

British archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a dwelling built 8,000 to 9.000 years ago on the Isle of Man. The site in Ronaldsway was discovered during work to extend the runway on the island's main airport, the Daily Mail reported Thursday. The shelter, believed to have been made of animal skins supported on substantial wooden posts, is the oldest dwelling to be found in the British Isles. It dates several thousand years before Stonehenge and not long after the retreat of the last...

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2009-08-13 10:15:00

London's oldest timber structure has been unearthed by archaeologists from Archaeology South-East (part of the Institute of Archaeology at UCL). It was found during the excavation of a prehistoric peat bog adjacent to Belmarsh Prison in Plumstead, Greenwich, in advance of the construction of a new prison building. Radiocarbon dating has shown the structure to be nearly 6,000 years old and it predates Stonehenge by more than 500 years. Jacobs Engineering UK Ltd acted as the managing...

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2009-06-20 12:20:00

Police in the British county of Wiltshire say they are prepared for a large convergence of people on the Stonehenge archaeological site for the summer solstice. Andy Marsh, a Wiltshire police assistant chief constable, told The Guardian the this weekend's celebrations at Stonehenge would be treated routinely though more than 30,000 people were expected. The celebrations will be policed the same as any other public event, Marsh said. "We want those attending to have a safe and enjoyable time...

2009-06-09 13:58:00

NEW ALBUM 'BACK FROM THE DEAD' ARRIVES JUNE 16, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- INgrooves, a leading provider of digital distribution, marketing and promotion services to the independent music community, is managing global digital distribution and marketing for Spinal Tap's upcoming album, Back From The Dead, and accompanying promotional video content. The group's reunion comes on the 25th anniversary of the cult classic film, "This is Spinal Tap." David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls...

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2009-05-04 10:45:00

Wiltshire Council last week issued a legal order for a 55-year-old man who has been protesting on-site at Stonehenge for nearly a year. King Arthur Pendragon, formerly known as John Rothwell, began his sit-in at Stonehenge in June 2008 with consent from the Council of British Druid Orders. He says he has "absolutely no intention of leaving" until visitors are allowed better access to the historic site. Last week, Wiltshire council received an eviction order to remove Pendragon from byway 12,...

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2008-10-22 14:30:58

Gold studs that were once affixed to the handle of a Bronze Age dagger in the grave of a warrior close to Stonehenge some 4,000 years ago have been found in a desk at Cardiff university. The studs were unearthed 200 years ago. They were later loaned to Professor Richard Atkinson of Cardiff university in the 1960s. Atkinson was known for his excavations at Silbury Hill and Stonehenge. The professor placed the studs in an old film canister labeled "Bush Barrow". After his death in 2005, Niall...

2008-09-23 06:00:13

By Martyn McLaughlin DRUIDS, mystics, UFO enthusiasts and even the occasional rock star have converged in awe beneath its arcane structure. Now, after its eternal mysteries have driven generations of archaeologists round in circles, a lucid new theory has suggested Stonehenge was conceived for a more prosaic purpose - as a Neolithic health centre. The latest hypothesis surrounding one of the world's best known but least understood landmarks suggests the world heritage site was a...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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