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Was Stonehenge built by cowboy builders ?


Posted on Sunday, 29 June, 2014 | Comment icon 26 comments

It is perhaps fortunate that Stonehenge is even still standing at all. Image Credit: PD - Wiki
A leading historian has claimed that the iconic monument was 'as much a triumph as a disaster'.
One of the world's most famous Neolithic monuments, Stonehenge has been a site of great importance and intrigue for thousands of years.

The feat of its original builders moving its huge stone slabs in to place without access to modern equipment has long been deemed as remarkable, yet Professor Ronard Hutton of Bristol University maintains that the whole thing was actually a bit of a botch job.

"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," he said. "They put one broken bit on top of the other broken bit, jammed a lintel on top and hoped they’d stay together. They didn’t, they fell over quite soon after."

Prof Hutton has described the iconic monument, which dates back to between 2000BC - 3000BC, as a "unique and possibly failed experiment".

"Because of shoddy or high-pressure, efficiency-gaining, new Stone Age engineering, we have lost the great engineering feat of Stonehenge," he said.

Source: Independent | Comments (26)

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Comment icon #17 Posted by shrooma on 30 June, 2014, 20:49
I would refer that historian to 'Civilization One' by Christopher Knight & Alan Butler. Within it they describe a common system of measurement they termed ' The Megalithic Yard' with which many of the world's ancient structures were constructed, including Stonehenge. The unit discovered is fundamental to the Sun, Moon, & the Earth, suggesting a level of understanding & sophistication beyond contemporary assumptions. . the megalithic yard was first postulated by Alexander Thom in the early '60s, after surveying hundreds of prehistoric sites. the measurement, he concluded, was 2.72ft... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 1 July, 2014, 23:01
What the hell do they mean cowboy builders? Among our Brit cousins "Cowboy" is a derogatory slur. They don't understand that "The Cowboy" is an American Icon, and that their readers across the pond might take offense.
Comment icon #19 Posted by JGirl on 2 July, 2014, 0:46
not much meat in that dish
Comment icon #20 Posted by Eldorado on 2 July, 2014, 12:48
Among our Brit cousins "Cowboy" is a derogatory slur. They don't understand that "The Cowboy" is an American Icon, and that their readers across the pond might take offense. Word Origin & History Brit U.S. colloquial shortening of Britisher or Briton, 1901, formerly (like Britisher) highly offensive to Englishmen traveling in the States, who regarded it as yet another instance of the "odious vulgarism" of the Americans. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/brit We all choose what offends us.
Comment icon #21 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 3 July, 2014, 22:21
Ah, yes those Americanisms, so quaintly provincial.
Comment icon #22 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 4 July, 2014, 0:49
Word Origin & History Brit U.S. colloquial shortening of Britisher or Briton, 1901, formerly (like Britisher) highly offensive to Englishmen traveling in the States, who regarded it as yet another instance of the "odious vulgarism" of the Americans. http://dictionary.re...com/browse/brit We all choose what offends us. An equivalent pejorative to the term Yank. cool.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Eldorado on 4 July, 2014, 6:18
An equivalent pejorative to the term Yank. cool. We can play this indefinitely. I'll hasten it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_names_for_the_British http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offensive_terms_per_nationality#Americans It's a 'cool' world we live in.
Comment icon #24 Posted by jmccr8 on 6 July, 2014, 6:53
I've done a fair bit of the cowboy way over the years and what I can say it's not about the kind of boots your wearing it's about how you wear the boots your wearing. jmccr8
Comment icon #25 Posted by EllJay on 6 July, 2014, 7:05
Whats the meaning of Stonehenge? The question that keep this Norwegian up at night. http://youtu.be/mbyzgeee2mg
Comment icon #26 Posted by cyclopes500 on 8 July, 2014, 20:30
No. Cowboys didn't build Stonehenge. US work quality is like the UK's. Superb. It was the Indians that did the job and as per usual they forgot the cement.


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