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Were Stonehenge's Bluestones Chosen For Their Acoustic Properties?
2014-03-06 11:31:52

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been a long-standing mystery as to how and why the giant “Preseli” bluestones from southwest Wales ended up nearly 200 miles away at Stonehenge. While a number of theories persist on how they got there, there isn’t much in the way of why. Researchers from the Royal College of Art in London now think they have that answer. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Time & Mind, the team reports that these giant...

Frog Legs May Have Been On The Menu In Britain Before France
2013-10-17 07:06:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Frog legs have long been considered a delicacy of French cuisine, but researchers have uncovered new evidence suggesting that they were not the first to actually partake of cuisses de grenouille. In fact, according to French news agency AFP, archaeologists working at a site in southwestern England, near Stonehenge, uncovered the charred leg bone of a toad among other food remains. The remains were dated back to between 6250 BC and...

Bones Found At Stonehenge Suggest It Was A Burial Ground
2013-03-10 06:12:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Theories about Stonehenge are nearly as old as the ancient monument itself and range from an astronomical calendar to an observatory of bygone days. Now, a team of researchers from the UK claim to have discovered evidence the stone structure started life as a massive burial ground. University College London (UCL) professor Mike Parker Pearson and colleagues unearthed over 50,000 cremated bone fragments belonging to 63 different...

More Secrets Of Stonehenge Revealed In Laser Scan
2012-10-10 19:10:46

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For all its history, Stonehenge remains largely a mystery shrouded in conjecture. So what do we know, with certainty, about this ancient structure? We know that the stones for the structure, believed to have been used as an important religious site by early Britons some 4,000 years ago, were mined and transported from Pont Saeson in Pembrokeshire. The distance they traveled to Stonehenge was more than 240 miles. Though...

Stonehenge Was A Monument Marking Unification Of Britain
2012-06-23 09:49:33

After 10 years of archaeological investigations, researchers have concluded that Stonehenge was built as a monument to unify the peoples of Britain, after a long period of conflict and regional difference between eastern and western Britain. Some stones came from southern England and others from West Wales. These stones are thought to have represented the ancestors of different groups from the earliest farming communities in Britain. Investigators from the universities of Sheffield,...

Researchers Confirm Origin Of Stonehenge Rocks
2011-12-20 09:52:59

Experts studying the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge have now confirmed for the first time the exact origin of some of the rocks used in the ancient monument in Wiltshire, England. The researchers -- geologists Robert Ixer of the University of Leicester and Richard Bevins of the National Museum of Wales -- have matched fragments of stone from the 5,000 year old monument with rocks found in southwest Wales more than 150 miles away. The actual site of the source is Craig Rhos-y-Felin, near...

2011-09-27 07:00:00

Stonehenge Partners (http://www.stonehengenyc.com) has teamed up with celebrated artist David Kassan to present a live iPad art demo at The Ritz Plaza on October 3rd. David Jon Kassanâs live art demo will include musical accompaniment by Jasmine Commerce as well as featured pieces and participant deals from rental art site Artsicle. New York, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2011 Stonehenge Partners, a premier New York City luxury apartment building owner and management company, is...

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2011-02-05 08:01:01

Human remains from ancient settlements such as Stonehenge are to be reburied and lost to science due to a controversial legislation that could bring archaeological research in Britain to a crashing halt, a group of leading archaeologists said Friday. A group of 40 archaeology professors wrote of "deep and widespread concern" in a letter addressed to the justice secretary, Ken Clarke, which was printed in the British newspaper The Guardian. The dispute centers on legislation introduced by...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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