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Stonhenge Function May Have Been Discovered

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The mysteries surrounding Stonehenge have baffled scientists for a very long time. Who built them? Why were they built? How did they even manage to get the stones to the spot? Aliens? Druid priests? All of these questions have been burning holes into peoples brains for centuries.

Teams of archaeologists from the universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Southampton, Bournemouth and University College London have all been working on the project for well over 10 years now. They used a combination of the Stonehenge site itself and their extensive knowledge of the time period in general to piece together a hypothesis.

“When Stonehenge was built, there was a growing island-wide culture – the same styles of houses, pottery and other material forms were used from Orkney to the south coast. This was very different to the regionalism of previous centuries,” Prof Mike Parker Pearson from Sheffield University explained to the Register.

The stones, according to researchers, were put in place by communities as a gesture of the unification of farming communities who decided to lay down their arms and make peace.

The undertaking wasn’t an easy one though. As Prof Pearson explained, “Stonehenge itself was a massive undertaking, requiring the labour of thousands to move stones from as far away as west Wales, shaping them and erecting them. Just the work itself, requiring everyone literally to pull together, would have been an act of unification.”

They also have answers as to why the stones are arranged the way they are. The researches believe that the eight stones stand for different groups of Britain’s earliest farming communities. And that the area that they decided to build Stonehenge wasn’t a mistake either. “The solstice-aligned avenue sits on a series of natural landforms that, by chance, form an axis between the directions of midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset.”

The place already had some sort of significance to the farmers, “this might explain why there are eight monuments in the Stonehenge area with solstitial alignments, a number unmatched anywhere else. Perhaps they saw this place as the centre of the world,” Prof Pearson wondered.

How they got the monolithic stones to the site is another story though. This has been pondered upon for a while. The stones are thousands of pounds and some are believed to have been moved from as far away as west Wales. The same issue has come up at Easter Island and they may have solved the problem by “walking” the stones. Here is the video:

Stonhenge Function May Have Been Discovered
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  • http://YAHOO naplmdef-FTW

    IM NOT A SCIENTIST,BUT I REALLY THINK YOU ALL OVER THINK THIS. I MEAN HOW HARD WOULD IT HAVE BEEN TO BUILD A GIANT CART? 12”x 12” BEAMS,AS A FRAME, 4”x 12” PLANKS WITH GIANT WHEELS/AXLE AND GREASE. AND AT LEAST A 24 HORSE TEAM,FEW DOZEN MEN, AND, BADA BING, TRANSPORT SYSTEM. THINK ABOUT IT.

  • Ed

    …and that is why you are not a scientist. You don’t even stop to ask basic questions like how much does one stone weigh(50k pounds)? How much weight can be out on a straight axel and still be able to turn? How much weight can a team of horses pull and can you just keep adding horses or is there a point where adding more doesn’t help? Right away you would have seen that 24 horses is not nearly enough to pull 50 thousand pounds.(would need closer to 50) secondly, that 50k lbs is way more weight than the type of axel and wheel system they could have built could handle and still roll. The weight would have driven the wheels into the ground. And of course, who knows if they even had wheels at all. The earliest known wheel is from 3,500BC with guesses that it may have been invented as early as 8000 BC in Africa. Since sstonehenge seems to have been built over a vast period of time form 500Bc to 2000 Bc it is very likely that the wheel hadn’t reached the british isles. That is all just upon cursory examination no less actually putting in the work that is required of a scientist before they start claiing to know anything. You should learn to respect science and def. stop putting in your half a cent.