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Radar Found a 'Superhenge' of Stones. Then the Digging Began

Actual excavation revealed holes once filled with timber

(Newser) - Remember the huge stone monument archaeologists found buried two miles from Stonehenge in the UK last year? Well it turns out that the so-called "Superhenge" that radar suggested was made of 100 or so large stones was actually stoneless. "The response from the radar was so good that... More »

Stonehenge Builders May Have Used This Method

Modern-day students haul huge stones the old-fashioned way

(Newser) - Researchers in London think they have solved one of the most enduring mysteries of Stonehenge: How did a bunch of prehistoric Britons haul massive stones from a quarry in Wales to the site of the monument more than 100 miles? "The answer," per the Telegraph , "is surprisingly... More »

Artist Giving Away Life-Size 'Foamhenge'

He has to move Virginia monument to make way for park

(Newser) - "Foamhenge," a life-size plastic foam replica of England's famous Stonehenge monument in Natural Bridge, Va., has made appearances in TV shows and attracted curious visitors from around the world. Artist Mark Cline must move the monument before Aug. 1 because it sits on property that will become... More »

Stonehenge May Have Been Erected in Another Country

What some ancient campfires in Wales have revealed

(Newser) - Stonehenge may reside in England, but it "was a Welsh monument from its very beginning." So says Professor Mike Parker Pearson in reference to what is a big step forward in our understanding of Stonehenge, reports the BBC . His team's research, published Monday in the journal Antiquity,... More »

New Discoveries Shine Light on Stonehenge

'The stone monument is iconic, but it’s only a little part of the whole thing'

(Newser) - The New York Times has an interesting roundup of recent discoveries made at and around Stonehenge that could shed new light on the famous monument and the people who built it nearly 5,000 years ago. Last month, archaeologists dug up an ancient house at an area called Blick Mead... More »

A Man Once Bought Stonehenge 'on a Whim'

Cecil Chubb bought Stonehenge 100 years ago, then gave it away

(Newser) - One of history's more grand misplaced romantic gestures involves a British wife who was hoping for new curtains and instead got a bunch of rocks. A century ago, on Sept. 21, 1915, Cecil Chubb set off for an auction "and came back with something rather different" than the... More »

Huge Stone Monument Found Buried Near Stonehenge

One researcher calls the find of 90 large stones 'archaeology on steroids'

(Newser) - An English "super-henge" just became more super. Durrington Walls, one of the largest known henges and located less than 2 miles from Stonehenge, was believed to have been built in the Neolithic period around 4,500 years ago, and the way it aligns to the solstices like Stonehenge led... More »

This Massive Site Might Just Put Stonehenge to Shame

Archaeologists excavating henge 10 times larger than its neighbor

(Newser) - You think Stonehenge is impressive? Archaeologists in Britain are excavating a monument ten times larger than the iconic structure, though it appears to the naked eye to be little more than farmland. A henge is a circular earthwork, and the one in question is Marden Henge, which sits a few... More »

New Theory: Stonehenge's Stones Were Stilts

A historian posits stones really held up a platform for worship

(Newser) - The mysterious origins of Stonehenge now have a new theory to add to the pile. Past speculations have included it being some sort of astronomical calendar, healing place, or Druid temple, and now an art critic and historian in the United Kingdom contends in a new book that the giant... More »

Buzz Aldrin Sends Message in Epic Stonehenge Pic

It's 'get your ass to Mars'

(Newser) - Buzz Aldrin may have just topped his selfie from space . While visiting Stonehenge on Sunday, the 85-year-old astronaut and second man to walk on the moon channeled Superman to pose for an epic tourist photo, in which he opens his jacket to reveal a shirt reading, "Get your ass... More »

Stonehenge's Oldest Known Settlement Is Revealed

But it's already in danger thanks to tunnel plans

(Newser) - Researchers are exploring a settlement near Stonehenge dating to about 4000 BC, making it the area's oldest, the Telegraph reports. The Blick Mead encampment, as it's known, is from the Mesolithic period and was likely home to hunter-gatherers who headed to the spot before Britain became an island.... More »

Stonehenge Druid King's New Crusade: Free Parking

King Arthur Pendragon is fighting with group that runs site

(Newser) - King Arthur Pendragon is displeased. But before you start worrying about attracting the wrath of Camelot, this King Arthur Pendragon is a 60-year-old British guy who the Wall Street Journal refers to as the "Druid King of Britain." "I work at Stonehenge as a Druid," says... More »

There's a Giant 'Super Henge' Underneath Stonehenge

Underground mapping reveals network of Neolithic monuments, stones: scientists

(Newser) - Some observers believe Stonehenge was once a full circle of enormous stones—and now there seems to be proof there are even more Neolithic monuments underneath it. A lot of them: Radar mapping that's peeked as far as 2 miles beneath the surface has uncovered an elaborate subterranean network... More »

Guess Who Went to Stonehenge?

President Obama just happened to be in the neighborhood

(Newser) - "Knocked it off the bucket list," said President Obama, referring to his visit to Stonehenge yesterday. "How cool is this?" he remarked while being led on a tour of the ancient stones tucked into the rolling green English landscape about 80 miles southwest of London. Obama carved... More »

Patchy Grass Offers a Big Stonehenge Clue

Areas of poor growth suggest stones once made a full circle

(Newser) - A layperson's simple observation may help solve a Stonehenge mystery that scientific expertise couldn't. A historic preservation worker noticed that the grass didn't grow so well in certain areas near the ancient monument, the BBC reports. It's possible that giant stones were once placed there, suggesting... More »

Historian: Stonehenge Builders Botched the Job

Ronald Hutton says they were careless 'cowboys'

(Newser) - Stonehenge: Monumental human achievement, or total screwup? It's pretty much both, professor Ronald Hutton argued this week at a Daily Mail history festival , saying the structure was built by incompetent builders and left unfinished. For example, he said, one of the stones had clearly broken in half. "If... More »

Stonehenge Find 'Blows Lid Off' Old Thinking

Area was 'the London of the Mesolithic,' says archaeologist

(Newser) - The ancient monument of Stonehenge dates back to between 2500 BC and 3000 BC—but when it was built, people had already been living in the area for millennia, researchers found after a dig. Artifacts from what is now Amesbury, the nearest settlement to Stonehenge, dated to 8820 BC. It'... More »

Blarney Stone Mystery Solved

It's not a chunk of Stonehenge, tests reveal

(Newser) - Ireland's famous Blarney Stone isn't a slice of Stonehenge, part of Robert the Bruce's "Stone of Destiny," or anything else more exotic than local limestone, researchers say. The stone reputed to give those who kiss it the "gift of the gab" has been revealed... More »

Stonehenge Holds a 'Sonic Secret'

Some of its bluestones have acoustic properties

(Newser) - There are no shortage of theories about Stonehenge , but few are so melodious as this: A recent study carried out by the Royal College of Art in London suggests that the monument holds a "sonic secret." The researchers' theory surrounds Stonehenge's bluestones, some of which hail from... More »

Source of Stonehenge's Rocks Pinpointed

And it raises questions about how the bluestones got to Stonehenge

(Newser) - For nine decades, it's been established that many of Stonehenge's smaller rocks hail from the Preseli Hills in Wales. Now, a newly published study says that we've been wrong about an outcrop that has been accepted as a specific source since 1923. And the new research, published... More »

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