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stonehenge
2015-03-18 12:09:19

It fascinates everyone from archaeologists to the fruitcakes who dress in white frocks and gather to celebrate arcane solstice rituals. Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world’s most famous monuments and landmarks, has always attracted controversy. Hundreds of years of serious scientific research and speculation about its origin and purpose have thrown up theories ranging from the utterly believable to the totally bizarre. A former museum director, Julian Spalding,...

Magna Carta
2015-02-10 12:14:24

Signed in 1215 by King John, the Magna Carta was the first step toward democracy in Western civilization after centuries of absolute rule by monarchies, as it bound the king of England to the same laws as any citizen. Eight hundred years later, an original copy of that document has been discovered in the small seaside English town of Sandwich.

stonehenge
2014-12-20 10:47:33

A 6,000-year-old encampment has been found close to the world famous heritage site of Stonehenge, UK.

2014-10-30 23:16:51

In her retirement years, Martha Johnson has been able to indulge her passion for rocks by participating in an archeology site in Scotland that has proven to be older than Stonehenge.

scotland Basalt columns on Staffa
2014-10-14 04:35:26

As a part of the international recognition of Earth Science Week, the Geological Society of London in the United Kingdom has unveiled its list of the top 100 geological sites in the UK and Ireland.

stonehenge
2014-09-10 09:12:04

A four-year project to digitally map the area surrounding Stonehenge has revealed more than two dozen previously undetected archaeological sites located near the iconic monument, including hidden chapels, burial mounds and neighboring shrines.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.


Word of the Day
cespitose
  • Growing in low tufty patches.
The word 'cespitose' comes from a Latin word meaning 'turf'.
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