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Stonehenge stones may have predated humans


Posted on Monday, 9 April, 2018 | Comment icon 5 comments

Some of the stones may have already been at the site. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Simon Wakefield
Two of the largest stones that make up Stonehenge may have actually been at the site for millions of years.
The idea that there were already stones at the Stonehenge site long before humans arrived on the scene is not as ridiculous as it sounds and could actually explain why its builders chose to drag additional stones over such long distances to construct the monument at this location.

According to British pre-history expert Mike Pitts, the fact that two of the largest stones happen to align with the Sun during the winter and summer solstices may be entirely coincidental.

One of these - the heel stone - is a huge unshaped, undressed rock that stands around 75ft from the stone circle. A second undressed stone also stands in alignment with it at the center of the circle.

Some researchers now believe that a six-meter pit discovered next to the heel stone could be where it had originally stood before it was moved by the monument's builders.

"The assumption used to be that all the sarsens at Stonehenge had come from the Marlborough Downs more than 20 miles away," said Pitts.

"The idea has since been growing that some may be local and the heel stone came out of that big pit."

"If you are going to move something that large you would dress it before you move it, to get rid of some of the bulk. That suggests it has not been moved very far."

"It makes sense that the heel stone has always been more or less where it is now, half-buried."

Source: The Times | Comments (5)

Tags: Stonehenge

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seanjo on 9 April, 2018, 14:16
Interesting, I assume they believe glaciers moved the stone.
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin on 10 April, 2018, 2:22
Bigfoot did it, I tell ya.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Ozymandias on 10 April, 2018, 22:24
Stonehenge was brought from Ireland according to native British tradition (as recorded by Geoffrey of Monmouth). Even if its stones were not taken from Ireland (some came from Prescelly in Wales), this tradition may have originated in the idea that the knowledge and technology to erect Stonehenge came from Ireland, especially the monuments solar allignments and orientation. Newgrange, for example, is 1000 years older than Stonehenge and 500 years older than the pyramids.
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 16 April, 2018, 18:38
Stupid statement maybe, but don't all rocks predate humans? Maybe not it you count meteorite rocks. Then again they are probably older than humans as well.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Tatetopa on 17 April, 2018, 0:26
My thought at the headline too, but what they really mean is that a couple of the big ones were on site already. Makes some sense. The alignment of the original two might have made the location special enough to drag the rest to enhance it. Then of course they had to mover the heel stone 6 feet or so to refine the line. Thanks UM-Bot.


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