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Was Stonehenge built by cowboy builders ?


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:48 AM

A leading historian has claimed that the iconic monument was 'as much a triumph as a disaster'.

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One of the world's most famous Neolithic monuments, Stonehenge has been a site of great importance and intrigue for thousands of years.

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:26 AM

I heard it began life as a patio, laid by a big guy named Declan and wee guy named Seamus.

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:33 AM

Stonehenge is still awesome!


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:50 AM

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“When they put up one of those great sandstone blocks in the outer circle, it slipped when it was being put in its hole, fell over and broke in half."

While I acknowledge the article doesn't state whether there is evidence for what Prof. Hutton claims, I don't see how he can claim the sandstone block "fell over and broke in half"? Why could the breaking of the block not be attributed to 'frost-fracturing'?

If the Professor has evidence for the fall, I'd accept his theory - otherwise all I see is an attempt to push an unsubstantiated opinion.

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 01:11 PM

So now I have this mental image of a bunch of hairy, neolithic, animal hide wearing people standing around when Stonehenge is finally finished, yelling "Yeeeeeeeehah!"....


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 01:26 PM

why don't you ask dom?

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 02:39 PM

i'd like to know which of the uprights he means. i know pretty much every inch of the site, but i'm struggling to think of a stone in the outer ring of sarcens that has broken in half, been re-stood, and fallen down again. if memory serves, such a stone is no longer there, so i'd be interested to know where professor hutton got his information from....
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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:02 PM

I was looking for another source for the article, but couldn't find anything that explains in a more detail.  I found this but couldn't get the full article without paying for it. I hate that.  
http://www.hnn.us/article/51346

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:26 PM

This guy was obviously high as a kite.. :w00t:

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:34 PM

View PostGreenmansGod, on 29 June 2014 - 03:02 PM, said:

I was looking for another source for the article, but couldn't find anything that explains in a more detail.  I found this but couldn't get the full article without paying for it. I hate that.  
http://www.hnn.us/article/51346
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thanks for the link GMG, it slightly clears things up.
the stone he's referring to is the L/H upright of the Great Trilithon, a stone from the inner horseshoe of trilithons, not the outer ring as first stated.
this stone, was thought to have fallen down sometime during the late 1500s, and certainly didn't 'fall down, split in half, and was hastily re-erected in a prehistoric botch-job during the builders' lifetime.
the reason it fell was due to the fact that to make the upright level, the L/H upright was only buried to a depth of 4ft instead of the usual 7-8ft.
it managed to remain upright for around 4000yrs, which is pretty impressive for a bunch of 'wreckless cowboy builders'....
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Edited by shrooma, 29 June 2014 - 03:38 PM.

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 04:17 PM

Cowboy builders? No. Swineherd builders? Yes.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 07:25 PM

I remember an episode of *cough Mystery Hunters where they concluded Stone Henge was a concert venue.. :clap:

If that's the case, maybe it was never intended to be a permanant structure.. :-*

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:44 PM

I don't think they will ever really figure out who built it (Stonehenge). Every year they (those who study these things) come out with about a dozen new theories on who built it. My guess is someone who died along time ago.

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:01 PM

What the hell do they mean cowboy builders?


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:11 PM

View Postjawjalou, on 29 June 2014 - 10:01 PM, said:

What the hell do they mean cowboy builders?

It's a UK phrase for amateurs.  (crap, pretend builders)

http://www.oxforddic.../english/cowboy

Edited by Eldorado, 29 June 2014 - 10:15 PM.





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