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Old 05-23-2003, 06:16 PM   #1
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Anybody here about those graves they found near Stonehenge, you know, that weird stone structure type thing in England. I don't really know too much about it, except that in my astronomy class, I read that it might of had something to do with the seasons or something to do with space. Does anybody know a lot about stonehenge that they could share with us?
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Old 05-24-2003, 03:52 AM   #2
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Stonehenge....

From how i understand it Stonehenge was like an astronomical calander where at certain times of the year (the solstices) rituals would be held to thank the arrival of the sun again. We dont know for sure about the ritual admittedly as there are NO records whatsoever of that period (not for another 1500 years or so). Some have even speculated that it was made to channel sacred music through it to produce Spiritual experiences. However what is certain is that there was originally a Wooden circle in place of the Stone Circle, but you can find this sort of thing all over Northern Europe

The bodies are quite interesting as they are a mixed bag from what i know they found one beheaded body in the center of Stonehenge, who was executed in about 700AD and buried here in the place of devil worship and idolatry (As they saw it then) rather than consecrated ground. They also found a man who was ceremonially buried and is contempory with Stonehenge he has been named 'The King of Stonehenge' the curious thing is that this man was not born in Britain he was born in Europe
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Old 05-30-2003, 08:43 AM   #3
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Anybody here read Bernard Cornwell's novel "Stonehenge"? It's an interesting account on how and why it MIGHT have been built. Of course, it's impossible to know for sure, and the drama surrounding the building of Stonehenge in the novel is entirely fictional (how could it be anything else?) but it is based on what little information is known about the time, and makes for an interesting read if you care at all about this topic.

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Old 06-02-2003, 06:31 AM   #4
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I'm about halfway through it Randy - I wouldn't normally go for books like that, but my dad bought it for me so I thought I'd give it a go. I had an ethnology lecture recently abut cosmology which helped put the idea into perspective too. The idea of 'bridging the gap' between the activities of the sun and moon is quite intriguing. I know that some henge monuments mark the sun's movements, and some mark the moon's (especially recumbant stone circles), but since earlier people may have seen the moon and sun as gods of some kind (as Cornwell suggests), these monuments may have had much more significance to them.

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Old 07-16-2003, 01:33 PM   #5
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In the news...

Did anybody catch this article? While submitted by a reputable news source, I have censored some of the article. Discrening adults can follow the link...

[quote]Tue July 8, 2003 03:37 PM ET

By Amran Abocar
TORONTO (Reuters) - Stonehenge is a massive fertility symbol, according to Canadian researchers who believe they have finally cracked the mystery of the ancient monument in southern England.

In the arrangement of the stones, the researchers say they have spotted the original design: female genitalia.

The theory is laid out in a paper entitled "Stonehenge: a view from medicine" in the July issue of Britain's Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

"To the builders of the henge, the most critical events in life were birth and death," Anthony Perks, a retired professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia, wrote in the paper.

He noted there was no evidence of tombs built by the original builders.

"Of birth, we could expect little evidence. However, evidence may be there but so large as to be overlooked."

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"Could the outer avenue of Stonehenge...represent the way by which new life entered?" the article wondered, adding that when comparing "the layout of the henge with the anatomy of the (omited). There is a distinct similarity."

Perks, who is traveling in England, could not be reached for comment.

The mysterious ancient monument on Salisbury Plain is recognized around the world for its circle of standing stones.

Perks said the ancient sacrificed child found at nearby Woodhenge bolsters his theory and said an excavation at Stonehenge could produce a similar find.

"In ancient societies, ideas of a dominant creator, a Mother or Earth Goddess, were widespread," Perks wrote. "If ideas of Earth Mother originated with, or were shared by, the people of the henge, Stonehenge could represent, symbolically, the opening by which Earth Mother gave birth to the plants and animals on which the ancient people so depended.

"The henge would honor her for giving them both life and livelihood."

Scholars say Stonehenge, a World Heritage site, was built between 3000 and 1600 BC. Theories for why it was built range from a temple, an astronomy site, and a variety of spiritual and temporal purposes.

For a time during the Bronze Age, 2000 BC to 800 BC, Stonehenge was used for ceremonial burials of local chieftains.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.j...toryID=3056312 [quote/]

Is this a possibility? Or just a cheap way to be mentioned in the press? Would be nice if we could get the medical journal.
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Old 02-11-2004, 05:10 PM   #6
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When I was in New Hampshire, I visited "America's Stonehenge" as they cal it. By standing at a central spot, you can observe several large stones (almost boulders), that have been checked out and line up with certain special dates. Check out http://www.stonehengeusa.com/
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Old 02-11-2004, 06:36 PM   #7
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When I was in New Hampshire, I visited "America's Stonehenge"
Hay Tenny you should ask Ren about this hes been there.
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Old 02-11-2004, 06:52 PM   #8
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Renderking Fisk has been there? Renderking Fisk, how did you like it? When I was there, it was very, very, very, hot summer (in '03), and they had mosquitos as big as birds. But it was an interesting place. What did you think Renderking Fisk?
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Old 02-17-2004, 08:34 PM   #9
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I've been to Stonehenge(gotta get those pics from my Mom's house + scan em'!) Anyway, on the tour (we got these little walkman things to listen to as we walked around it) they talked about the mounds on the outer acres being tombs...I'll need to look around for all the papers + stuff we got there..Mom bought the audio cassette of the tour..Wonder if she has it handy? I will see the next time I go over there...(to my Mom's house, that is!)
On a more important point...I swear I FELT something there...maybe not quite like Indy did in Peril at Delphi and/or Dance of the Giants...but SOMETHING!

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Old 02-18-2004, 02:09 PM   #10
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That's neat, Caitlin. All I've been to is "America's Stonehenge"
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:19 PM   #11
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I have a very vague recollection of visiting Stonehenge when I was maybe 3 or 4 years old. I'll have to go back some day! Trust my parents to take me cool places when I was too young to appreciate them!
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Old 02-24-2004, 07:01 AM   #12
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I found that tape we bought at Stonehenge. I just thought it ws the same thing we heard on the tour..
so I never listned to it before..It's not! Here, 5 years later I finally listen to it! Produced by"Bartons Heritage
Collection" No mention of the mounds but here's some other neat stuff!

Dance of The Giants (supposedly what Merlin called it, and the title of an
awesome book!). One theory it is called this is because if you come up to Stonehenge from the a valley called
"Spring Bottom" on a hot day the Stones appear to be dancing.

Oh and listen to this! THINK WELL OF THE SOULS! A belief popular in the 1500s was that if you dropped a piece of
a stone from the structure in a well it would remove "all venomous creatures therein" . I bet Indy have loved a
chuck of that!!

In 1620 James I , king of England, asked a man names "Inigo Jones"(surveyor,neo-classical architecht(sp?)) to do a study on it!
Needless to say , his findings were very different than modern theories. He figured the stones were local,
and were left over from Tuscan period for the Roman god Coelious(sp?). Anyway, when I heard the guy's name I almost jumped
out of my chair!
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Old 02-24-2004, 03:31 PM   #13
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That's pretty neat, Caitlin.
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Old 02-26-2004, 09:13 PM   #14
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TennR, America's Stonehenge In NH ? I should definatly try to go see that, as I am right next door in VT. There are things here in VT like that I do believe...they must be everywhere, for how else would the people know when to plant..breed..on + on..timings for living?
I have not been there on the correct date to see for myself, but there are 2 caves (as told to me by some very wonderful folks I was aquainted with years ago..quite convinced and had lots of proof about the Native American inhabitants + influence, one man had epilepsy and could "find" things....walking through the woods, start digging and come up with arrowheads + pottery..I am SERIOUS! That is another story..)Anyway, these are are these 2 caves(manmade?), in the same town I grew up in, that face each other directly across a valley..it was told to me that on the solsitces they would align with the sun in a certian way(I dunno...I can't remember exactly how it worked..I just can't help thinking about the staff of Ra!)
It is amazing all the things we have right here under our noses to discover about our past. TennR you are extremely blessed to have been able to go so far + wide + deep into other countries + cultures! (I am so jealous. : ) )I am happy that there are such interesting mysteries/histories close-by to investigate. (Although no where near as old and interesting as Euro/asian/african civilizations)
I remember reading something about a "stonehenge" type structure in Wyoming that I'd like to learn more about (this thread has awakened my interest) *types "wyoming stonehenge" in search engine..* Oh, Thats right! Big Horn Medicine Wheel.. I can't seem to find an offical website...
Has anyone been?


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Old 02-26-2004, 09:15 PM   #15
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Dance of The Giants (supposedly what Merlin called it, and the title of an
awesome book!). One theory it is called this is because if you come up to Stonehenge from the a valley called
"Spring Bottom" on a hot day the Stones appear to be dancing.

Oh yeah, that's right.. they did say something about this in the book, didn't they...
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