Stonehenge Rocked as 'Neolithic Lourdes'

New research into 2300 BC stone circle indicates it was place of healing
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2008 6:31 AM CDT
Stonehenge at sunset. New research dates the mysterious stone circle to 2300 BC.   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – Two archeologists have discovered evidence indicating that Stonehenge was a kind of "Neolithic Lourdes" pilgrimage destination where people came to be healed, the BBC reports. The researchers also used radiocarbon methods to date the mysterious stone circle in southern England to 2300 BC. Mineral analysis indicates the giant bluestone rocks were transported from a site 150 miles away.

Human remains found buried near the site exhibit signs of serious injury and disease and had come from long distances, according to the scientists. "Stonehenge would attract not only people who were unwell, but people who were capable of healing them," said one of archaeologists, who were granted permission to excavate a small patch inside the stone circle.