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2008-09-23 00:00:02

Home in brief *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...

2008-09-22 18:00:23

Hollywood actress Carrie Fisher has narrated the new Smithsonian Channel documentary, "Stonehenge Deciphered," the network announced Monday. The film is to air Saturday, said David Royle, executive vice president for programming and production for Smithsonian Channel. Best known for her roles in "Star Wars" and "When Harry Met Sally," Fisher is also the author of the book "Postcards From the Edge." She is in Washington performing her one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking," at the Lincoln...

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2008-09-22 15:20:00

Archaeologists are closer to discovering how and why the mysterious edifice known as Stonehenge was built after having pinpointed its construction to 2300BC. Experts said they now have the most accurate radiocarbon date yet, proving the ring's original bluestones were put up 300 years later than previously thought. Professors Tim Darvill and Geoff Wainwright said the dating is the biggest finding from an excavation inside the henge and believe they have found evidence suggesting Stonehenge...

2008-09-22 15:00:33

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Renowned Actress Carrie Fisher is the narrator of the new Smithsonian Channel(TM) documentary, STONEHENGE DECIPHERED, premiering Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The news was announced by David Royle, Executive Vice President for Programming and Production for the Channel. Ms. Fisher, best known to audiences for her roles in "Star Wars,""When Harry Met Sally," as well as her critically acclaimed book, "Postcards From the Edge" which became a hit film...

2008-08-27 09:00:50

By Nicola Fenwick A QUARRY company?s controversial plan to extract sand and gravel near a 5,000-year-old monument has finally received approval. But those opposed to Tarmac?s plans for Ladybridge Farm, near Thornborough Henges, between Bedale and Ripon, North Yorkshire, have vowed to fight on. Tarmac runs nearby Nosterfield Quarry, but wants to extract 1.1 million tonnes of sand and gravel from Ladybridge Farm. Permission was granted in January last year, but the decision was quashed...

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2008-05-29 14:00:00

Researchers in Britain are discussing the possibility that Stonehenge may have been erected as an ancient burial ground for the royal family. Although archaeologists previously thought people were buried at the site between 2700 and 2600 B.C., Mike Parker Pearson, an archaeologist at the University of Sheffield, says radiocarbon dating of human remains at the site shows it was used as a cemetery just after 3000 B.C. until after the larger circle of stones were placed. "The hypothesis we are...

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2008-04-09 16:45:00

A breakthrough at the Stonehenge excavation site could finally explain why the site was built.The ambiguous arrangement is composed of large sandstone blocks surrounded by smaller bluestones.Archaeologists have broken through to a layer of ground at the site containing sockets that once held bluestones"”the smaller stones that formed the site's original structure, most of which were missing or uprooted. Stonehenge experts Tim Darvill, president of the Society of Antiquaries, and Geoff...

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2008-04-01 10:25:00

Researchers began their two-week long excavation at Stonehenge on Monday in the first dig at the site since 1964. Throughout history Stonehenge's great mystery has bred an abundance of theories of its origin. Some claim the site served ceremonial purposes while other, more eccentric beliefs link the monument to extraterrestrial life. Stonehenge experts Tim Darvill, president of the Society of Antiquaries, and Geoff Wainwright, archaeology professor at Bournemouth University, intend to set the...

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2007-01-30 18:55:00

WASHINGTON -- A village of small houses that may have sheltered the builders of the mysterious Stonehenge - or people attending festivals there - has been found by archaeologists studying the stone circle in England. Eight of the houses, with central hearths, have been excavated, and there may be as many as 25 of them, Mike Parker Pearson said Tuesday at a briefing organized by the National Geographic Society. The ancient houses are at a site known as Durrington Walls, about two miles...

2006-06-02 07:27:52

By Andrew Hammond RAJAJIL, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - The stones of Rajajil form a striking pattern against the clear desert sky, the fallen and tilting sand-colored slabs conjuring up visions of England's Stonehenge. Nobody really knows why the 50 groups of about five pillars each are clustered on the edge of the Nafud desert in northwestern Saudi Arabia. Local legend says they are a lost tribe punished by God. Whatever their origin, local authorities hope the standing stones and...


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