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Stonehenge was first 'team building exercise'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:30 AM

Stonehenge may have been the result of the world's first team-building exercise which unified the people of ancient Britain, according to researchers.

The vast stone structure has long been the subject of the debate among historians, who have variously described it as a pagan temple, or an astronomical calendar or observatory.

Now experts claim the monument was built as part of an annual winter solstice ritual which resembled "Glastonbury festival and a motorway building scheme at the same time".

http://www.telegraph...g-exercise.html

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:39 AM

Interesting read but I don't think it was the first 'team building exercise"...   Newgrange is older (about 1,000 years) even about 600 years older than the Great Pyramid...  And there are other sites older than Newgrange, like Gobekli Tepi (sp)...


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 01:07 PM

These "experts" seem wrong and it's pretty obvious.... lol

Edited by Coffey, 09 March 2013 - 01:08 PM.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 02:47 PM

stonehenge was one of the last megalithic monuments constructed in britain, and was neiher the largest, or most complex, so it wouldn't really have taken the whole country's effort to build. and the figure of 'a few tens of thousands' REALLY needs to be looked at again, as the present structure, stage IIIc, was constructed during the middle bronze age, when the population was well over a million. it also fails to take into account the fact that the stonehenge site first started to be built around 8000bc, by people who were very far removed from the people who built the last stages, 6000yrs later.
it is interesting to note, however, that people are still trying to dream up new theories and explanations for the site, which shows how fondly and deeply it's ingrained in our national consiousness!

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 06:19 PM

Always coming up with some theory to shore up their civilization is ten thousand years old pathetic.


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:57 PM

View Postmarcos anthony toledo, on 09 March 2013 - 06:19 PM, said:

Always coming up with some theory to shore up their civilization is ten thousand years old pathetic.
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antiquity magazine #41.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 08:02 PM

View Postmarcos anthony toledo, on 09 March 2013 - 06:19 PM, said:

Always coming up with some theory to shore up their civilization
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huh??

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 11:05 PM

I've visited Stonehenge.  It has a really eerie feeling about the place.  Sort of electric.   Right now I think it was a spiritual place that turned into a gathering place for trade.  Sort of like an old fashioned  country fair.  I'm going to watch Secrets Of Stonehenge and probably change my mind.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 12:27 AM

View Postspayneuter, on 09 March 2013 - 11:05 PM, said:

I've visited Stonehenge.  It has a really eerie feeling about the place.  Sort of electric.   Right now I think it was a spiritual place that turned into a gathering place for trade.  Sort of like an old fashioned  country fair.  I'm going to watch Secrets Of Stonehenge and probably change my mind.
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trust me, you have to be there for the summer solstice festival to really get a feel for the place.
there's NOTHING like thousands of people celebrating the joy of life to put things in perspective.
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(and for all you naysayers who've never been, but watch documentarys, ask yourselves why english heritage only open stonehenge on the dawn of the winter solstice, not on the sunset of the night before, when it's properly aligned.....)

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:41 AM

Haha. Nothing more than a completely rational explanation as always...


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Posted 10 March 2013 - 02:01 AM

View Postspayneuter, on 09 March 2013 - 11:05 PM, said:

I've visited Stonehenge.  It has a really eerie feeling about the place.  Sort of electric.   Right now I think it was a spiritual place that turned into a gathering place for trade.  Sort of like an old fashioned  country fair.  I'm going to watch Secrets Of Stonehenge and probably change my mind.

Been there three times myself, that eerie feeling I felt was my fingers and toes going numb from the nasty, rainy, cold and windy weather on that exposed plain!


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Posted 10 March 2013 - 05:59 AM

View PostSundew, on 10 March 2013 - 02:01 AM, said:



Been there three times myself, that eerie feeling I felt was my fingers and toes going numb from the nasty, rainy, cold and windy weather on that exposed plain!
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my mam & dad were (still are!) a couple of hippies, heavily into the 60-70s festival scene, so I was more or less raised in the field opposite stonehenge, and have loads of great memories of the place. dave brock babysitting for me, penny rimbaud nicking my tent (the ba**ard!!), the hundreds of people i've met, and still continue to meet, and not once, ever, has anyone ever said '**** me, i'm bloody freezing!' (even at the winter solstice)
so for you to have been just three times, and got hypothermia each time, then I wouldn't be wasting money on a lottery ticket man, if you know what I mean!
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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:34 AM

Are you kidding me? The first, seriously? The only group effort I'd like to see, is the one that takes DNA, archaeological evidence and artefacts collected world wide, to build the timeline of our ancestry with no dated religous influence so that we can finally begin to organize our history!


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:04 AM

I have never been to Stonehenge but I have seen it from a perspective that I think everyone else has missed. When you look at the landscape surrounding Stonehenge via Google Earth you will notice the outline of an image. I have verified this image against aerial photos also. I am not making any claims or any theories about the origins or purpose of Stonehenge but I do think this should be looked at closer by some researchers. This is the direct link to the page on my site that shows what I am saying.
https://sites.google...s/ancient-sites


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:18 AM

'Team building exercise' makes me think of Health & Safety Officers etc which spoils the romantic notion I have of ancient peoples happily building a monument, singing while they work.  I do hope they are wrong.





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