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Discoveries at Stonehenge

John on February 1, 2007 at 9:41 am

From the LA Times:

Archeologists working near Stonehenge in England have discovered what appears to be an ancient religious complex containing a wealth of artifacts that may finally illuminate the lives and religious practices of the people who built the mysterious monument 4,600 years ago.

The circle of massive stone blocks on Salisbury Plain southwest of London is one of the most famous archeological sites in the world, but researchers know surprisingly little about the people who built it and lived in the region.

The discovery, reported Tuesday in a teleconference organized by the National Geographic Society, reconfigures the geometry of Stonehenge, indicating that it is not an isolated monument but part of a larger religious complex that may have encompassed the area.

The rest of the story is somewhat sparse. I suspect the National Geographic Society is saving the good bits for the inevitable TV special.

More on Stonehenge (can’t resist):

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SCOTT ADDS: The amazing rock poetry of the immortal band Spinal Tap and their tribute to the ancient men and women of that mystic time warms my heart. For those of you whose age precludes you from understanding the lyrics to rock songs, here’s the text of the Tap’s legendary tribute…


In ancient times, hundreds of years before the
dawn of history, there lived a strange race of people…the Druids. No one knows who they were, or what they were doing…but their legacy remains…hewn into the living rock of Stonehenge…

Stonehenge, where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Where a man is a man and the children dance to
the pipes of pan
Tis a magic place where the moon doth rise
With a dragon’s face
Where the virgins lie
And the prayer of devils fill the midnight sky

And you my love, won’t you take my hand
We’ll go back in time to that mystic land
Where the dew drops cry and the cats meow
I will take you there
I will show you how

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