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Stonehenge was first 'team building exercise'

Posted on Saturday, 9 March, 2013 | Comment icon 15 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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The prehistoric monument may have been constructed as part of an annual winter solstice ritual.

Rather than being the product of a long slow construction process, Stonehenge may have been built during a number of large gatherings involving as many as 4,000 people at a time when the entire population of the country only numbered in the tens of thousands. In the annual event people from all over the British Isles are thought to have congregated and contributed to the construction of the monument.

"It is not so much a temple, it is a monument and it seems the big theme is unification ... Stonehenge gets visited at certain points, people build and then go away," said Prof Mike Parker Pearson. "It's something that's Glastonbury festival and a motorway building scheme at the same time. It's not all fun, there's work too."

"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."

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Comment icon #6 Posted by shrooma on 9 March, 2013, 20:02
. huh??
Comment icon #7 Posted by spayneuter on 9 March, 2013, 23:05
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.
Comment icon #8 Posted by shrooma on 10 March, 2013, 0:27
. 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. . (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.....)
Comment icon #9 Posted by Timonthy on 10 March, 2013, 1:41
Haha. Nothing more than a completely rational explanation as always...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew on 10 March, 2013, 2:01
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!
Comment icon #11 Posted by shrooma on 10 March, 2013, 5:59
. 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 l... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by kwin on 10 March, 2013, 9:34
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!
Comment icon #13 Posted by zigzom on 11 March, 2013, 5:04
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.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Eldorado on 11 March, 2013, 5:18
'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.
Comment icon #15 Posted by TheLastLazyGun on 12 March, 2013, 13:36
I read about this ancient ritual which seemed to have taken place at and near Stonehenge in the book "A History of Ancient Britain" by Neil Oliver and the documentary I watched last night about the skeletons discovered at Stonehenge. It seems that before the Stonehenge we see today was built, it comprised of a circle of many wooden posts and, if I remember rightly, each of these contained the body of a person of high status. It seems as though it was a burial place of important people of Ancient Britain, a bit like Westminster Abbey is today in Modern Britain. Then, at around 3000... [More]

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