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What was the purpose of the Stonehenge?

Discussion in 'General Science Discussions' started by Einstein, 19 Oct 2013.

  1. Einstein

    Einstein Regular Geek

    Wiltshire England is the home of the Stonehenge - a prehistoric monument which is very famous worldwide. But despite its popularity, the exact purpose of it remains a mystery.
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    Was it a burial ground? Was it a place for worship? How were such huge stones carried and assembled in such a neat way? Can it really be used as a calendar or to observe the sky?
     
  2. BoforsGun

    BoforsGun Über Geek

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    Archaeological evidence found by the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008 indicates that Stonehenge could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings.[8] The dating of cremated remains found on the site indicate that deposits contain human bone from as early as 3000 BC, when the ditch and bank were first dug. Such deposits continued at Stonehenge for at least another 500 years.[9] The site is a place of religious significance and pilgrimage in Neo-Druidry.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonehenge
     
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  3. amusicsite

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    Old night club if you ask me.
     
  4. BoforsGun

    BoforsGun Über Geek

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    Those Druids to like to party!
     
  5. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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  6. Einstein

    Einstein Regular Geek

    Hmm, based on your responses, I've made a certain conclusion. The Stonehenge was the Madison Square Garden of prehistoric times where all of those big time happenings occurred. However, its popularity quickly waned because it had no roof. People got wet whenever it rained. That's why it was quickly forgotten. The records that they kept was all soiled by the storms that hit the place. That's why there are no clear records of the events that have transpired there.
     
  7. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Actually it most likely did have a roof.

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    The reason it was abandoned was because the prehistoric rave scene died when folk came along.

    re: how they got the stones there, I though that was obvious.

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  8. classic33

    classic33 Über Geek

    Isn't there a further two sets of rings further out from what remains today?
    Also part of a network of such structures throughout England, with nearly all being built on Ley Lines.
    http://www.ancient-wisdom.co.uk/leylines.htm
     
  9. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Yer they were the cloakroom and toilets :wink:
     
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  10. classic33

    classic33 Über Geek

    Which were which though?
     
  11. BoforsGun

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    If your jacket smells funny at end of night, you left it at the wrong one!!
     
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  12. sidevalve

    sidevalve Well-Known Geek

    Could just have been an enourmous privy. After all the diet at the time was a bit iffy - you'd need some serious plumbing.
     
  13. BoforsGun

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    lol I'm not sure that has much has changed! :laugh:
     
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  14. rusky

    rusky Staff Member

    Judging by this, it was a millennium dome.

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    I expect in 3000 years, people will be trying to work out the purpose of the London one. Mind you, we have been doing that for 13 years ourselves!
     
  15. OhioTom76

    OhioTom76 Active Geek

    The show Fact Or Faked debunked the mysteries of how it was constructed a few years ago. An engineer was on the show and demonstrated a rather basic system using wooden boards that could easily move the stones around and flip them upright like that. The crew of several people were able to do it right on the show.

    Personally I believe the burial ground theory.
     
  16. I'm still trying to figure out Cahokia Mounds.
     
  17. classic33

    classic33 Über Geek

    http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/discover/virtual-tour/
    Newgrange
    "Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is a opening called a roof-box. This baffling orifice held a great surprise for those who unearthed it. Its purpose is to allow sunlight to penetrate the chamber on the shortest days of the year, around December 21, the winter solstice.
    At dawn, from December 19th to 23rd, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the floor of the chamber, gradually extending to the rear of the chamber. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens within the chamber so that the whole room becomes dramatically illuminated. This event lasts for 17 minutes, beginning around 9am.

    The accuracy of Newgrange as a time-telling device is remarkable when one considers that it was built 500 years before the Great Pyramids and more than 1,000 years before Stonehenge. The intent of its builders was undoubtedly to mark the beginning of the new year. In addition, it may have served as a powerful symbol of the victory of life over death."

    How did they work that out then?
     
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  18. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Well-Known Geek

    probably used a Mac.
     
  19. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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