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Is Ales Stenar the Swedish Stonehenge ?

Posted on Friday, 20 April, 2012 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A research team has found new evidence that Sweden's Ales Stenar is far older than previously thought.

The megalithic structure comprised of 59 huge boulders is located near the fishing village of Kåseberga and is thought to have been built about 1,000 years ago near the end of the Iron Age. But now researchers believe the site could have been built a lot earlier, up to 2,500 years ago, making it Sweden's own answer to Stonehenge. "We can now say Stonehenge has a younger sister, but she's so much more beautiful," said retired geologist Nils-Axel Mörner who co-authored the research.

"Ancient Scandinavians dragged 59 boulders to a seaside cliff near what is now the Swedish fishing village of Kåseberga."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Conrad Clough on 19 April, 2012, 14:23
comments like this always amuse me... since you can't date stone that way (and even if you could do so, using one of the other dating methods that works on stone it would only tell you the age of the rock, not when it was placed there by men)... I assume that they used organic material found at the site to do their testing, but it would be nice if the article mentioned what they actually radiocarbon dated.
Comment icon #2 Posted by siggiesis on 21 April, 2012, 8:34
I was left wondering what exactly they radiocarbon-dated. Even if they took debris from old structures or pits around the site, it can still be unreliable. Perhaps the geologist has a point about it being older for some (shocking) academic reason. Sometimes archaeologists annoy me with their god complexes.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Leonardo on 21 April, 2012, 8:54
It's worth pointing out the sentence containing this claim was written by a journalist, not an archaeologist. It's quite possible the archaeologists did not use carbon-dating to date the age of the monument, but the journalist simply made an error of assumption - and ignorance. Without access to the original reports/papers of any of the archaeologists who have worked on this site, we are left to use the words of the journalist in their stead. But that does not mean we should judge these archaeologists by what the journalist states - unless that statement takes the form of a quotation... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Melo on 21 April, 2012, 9:40
Thanks Stillwaters, never heard of it befroe. Amazing.

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